Soon after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a Russian cargo plane idled on a runway in Khartoum, Sudan.
According to CNN, the plane’s manifest claimed it was loaded with cookies. When inspectors boarded the plane to confirm its contents, they found some cookies. But beneath the cookies, they also found one ton of smuggled gold bound for Russia to help finance its war in Ukraine.
This article was first published in Global Americans on August 24, 2022 Overview Mexico, despite its integration with the economy of the United States, as well as its historic distrust for and structural competition with the People’s Republic of China (PRC), is pursuing policies that are expanding options for that country, causing serious strategic implications for the United States and the region. Mexico has always shown strategic ambiguity with respect to the PRC. It was part of the first wave of Latin American countries to establish relations with the PRC, doing so in February 1972. Mexico was also one of [ … ]
This piece was originally published on the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ website, August 29, 2022 On June 9, 2022, Nicaragua’s Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) government renewed the authorization of Russian military forces to operate in the country. In doing so, it reminded the United States and the hemisphere that the dictatorial regime of Daniel Ortega not only continues to abrogate the rights of its own people for democratic choice, free expression, and other fundamental human rights, but also serves as an entry point for the projection of threats into the region by extra-hemispheric rivals of the United [ … ]
1 INTRODUCTION The dynamics and complexity of human interaction are increasingly being studied in order to achieve results and effectiveness in actions. However, leaders from all sectors of society face difficulties in overcoming these challenges in a world in constant transformation, where people are increasingly more distant and at the same time so close to each other. Information and the situation changes every day, and it is critical to be able to respond to today's dynamic transitions. In this context, having militaries that can excel in today's complex operating environments, in the face of hard-to-define threats and uncertain objectives, is [ … ]
Introduction The People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) expanding engagement and presence in Latin America and the Caribbean has captured the attention of political and business leaders and the people of the region, as well as the United States. Although the PRC’s engagement and use of “soft power” has political, cultural, security and other dimensions, the attention that the PRC commands in the region is arguably driven primarily by the pace of China’s rise, and the lure of benefiting from China through engagement and business. For Latin America and the Caribbean, the PRC’s rise has been most directly felt through the [ … ]