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The Fragile Victory

It is easy to forget that El Salvador was the United States’ largest counterinsurgency and nation-building campaign after Vietnam and before Iraq and Afghanistan. And it just might be the only one of these four countries where the American effort actually may be showing some promise, warts and all.

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El Salvador’s Delicate Balance

The elections in El Salvador will more than likely go to the left wing FMLN candidate Salvador Sánchez Cerén. The way he chooses to govern may impact not just his country’s relations with the United States, but even gang violence in American cities.

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Anti-Chavista Protests Face Long Odds

The economy is crumbling, political dissent is being ruthlessly punished by the regime, yet the student and opposition protestors barricading the streets are still fighting an uphill battle.

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South China Sea Change

The Chinese are pulling back from the disputed Scarborough Shoal: is this a new normal or a temporary olive branch?

Latin Lefty Meltdown

It’s a sign of frustration—and a sign of Maduro’s temporary upper-hand.

Washington's Malaysia Malaise

Malaysia is preparing for its first major defense agreement with China, a sign that Beijing’s diplomacy is paying off.

Low-Hanging Fruit

We need more diesel technicians, welders, and pipe fitters.

Crude Economics

If the Saudis don’t bite the bullet next month, the cartel’s relevance will fade significantly.

Why We Can't Have Nice Things

An expert working on the project cautions the MTA may miss its next deadline.

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