The most effective use of narrative for policy planning is not in selling the policy, but in debating and creating the policy in the first place...
Brazil, a well-established and regionally-respected democracy, is maturing as a geostrategic influence within the Latin American and international spheres of interest. As the global economy remains in a state of turbulence, many regional neighbors are looking to Brazil for economic stability and leadership. If Brazil continues to pursue its current diplomatic and economic initiatives, the nation promises to soon rank as an independent and reputable regional powerhouse with sufficient influence to span decades...
Jordan appears to have contained the near-term impact of a devastating fiscal-political situation with the announcement that Egypt would resume full delivery of natural gas. While the immediate crisis has been averted, it has not been solved...
The conflict in Syria will continue to fuel tension in neighboring Lebanon, where the turmoil will likely accelerate further if and when Syrian President Bashar Al Assad falls...
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has enjoyed a slight improvement in approval ratings after agreeing to peace negotiations with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Even so, 66% of Colombians are dissatisfied with the President's security policies and his approach to ending the FARC rebellion...