1. Chile, Peru Resolve Maritime Dispute, Land Borders Still Contentious

    The two Latin American countries resolve a maritime border dispute that has its origins in the nineteenth century War of the Pacific.

    Late last month, an agreement was finally reached between Chile and Peru on a maritime border dispute that dated back to 1985. This followed a ruling by the International Court of Justice in The Hague which gave Peru over…
  1. Ukraine Separatists Reject Amnesty Offer, Demand Referendum

    Pro-Russian activists in the east of Ukraine refuse to back down unless the government in Kiev agrees to call a referendum.

    Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine rejected an offer of amnesty from the government in Kiev on Tuesday, raising fears of an armed confrontation that could, in turn, prompt Russia to intervene. Earlier this week, activists in Luhansk, a city close to the…
  1. Crimea Annexation Could Kill Russia’s South Stream Pipeline

    The Black Sea pipeline could fall victim to European countries’ efforts to reduce their dependence on Russian gas.

    Russia's invasion and annexation of the Crimea last month could have repercussions for its plans to lay a pipeline on the bottom of the Black Sea. Britain's The Telegraph newspaper reports that the European Commission has warned Bulgaria not to intervene if it decides to block the project. Bulgarian foreign minister…
  1. Chile’s Bachelet Pushes Ambitious Social Reform Agenda

    To satisfy Chileans’ desire for change, President Michelle Bachelet has already announced numerous reform policies.

    Since her inauguration ceremony last month, Chile's president, Michelle Bachelet, has announced a series of policies aimed at proving to the public her desire for change. Bachelet's election campaign was based on an ambitious social reform agenda, focused on issues such…
  1. Hungarians Reelect Nationalist Premier, Boost for Far Right

    Prime Minister Viktor Orbán wins a parliamentary election that also saw gains for the far right.

    Hungarians reelected the nationalist prime minister Viktor Orbán in a parliamentary election on Sunday, early results showed, and turned out in greater numbers for the far right Jobbik party. While Orbán's national conservative Fidesz party lost support compared…
  1. Narendra Modi: The Man to Lead India into Growth

    The conservative leader will do for India what he has done in Gujarat: clean up government and create jobs.

    After a decade in power, India's Congress party appears to have lost both the ability and the will to push through the reforms the country needs to grow and provide jobs for the millions of young Indians who are joining the labor market each year. The…
  1. Resignations Cloud Bachelet’s Return to Chile’s Presidency

    Despite a hectic start, Chileans are still hopeful about Michelle Bachelet’s return to the presidency.

    Between protest marches and resignations, there has been no discernible honeymoon period for Chile's new president, Michelle Bachelet. Riding high after her December election, drawing 62 percent of the vote, and  inheriting a thriving economy,…
  1. Greens Leave Government After Hollande Names Centrist Premier

    The ecologists split from France’s ruling coalition after President François Hollande asks his interior minister to form a new government.

    France's Greens broke away from President François Hollande's coalition on Tuesday after the president appointed the relatively centrist Manuel Valls as prime minister. Valls, the former interior minister, replaced Jean-Marc Ayrault after the ruling Socialists were defeated in local…