Category: The Americas

Tequila and Startups: Mexico’s Growing Tech Scene


When asked where the latest technological innovation blooms, many answer Silicon Valley. Much to the world’s surprise, a new kid in town south of the border fosters a flourishing startup atmosphere along with a competitive tech workforce. In the past…

In Defense of Citizen Diplomacy

ECA Exchange Alumni

On September 10th 2001, a phone call between two high-priority Al-Qaeda operatives in Afghanistan was intercepted by U.S. intelligence. The NSA didn’t have enough linguists, and the Arabic language phone call entered a long line of messages waiting to be…

Universal Income, a Universal Solution?


Ontario is set to introduce a universal income program targeting adults between the ages of 18 and 65 in the coming spring. It will be $1320 CAD a month for a single person and potentially more for those with disabilities. It…

The Prevalence of Narcopolitics in Honduras

U.S. Army Sgt. David Pressnell, 1-228th Aviation Regiment flight engineer directs Honduran soldiers loading gear and personnel into the back of a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook Dec. 16, 2015, in the Gracias a Dios Department (state) of Honduras during a troop movement the U.S. provides support to. The two day troop movement is a part of a larger operation called CARAVANA, which the U.S. has supported since October 2014, to assist the Honduran government in disrupting the flow of illicit trafficking through the area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Christopher Mesnard/Released)

Honduras is widely known as one of the most violent and dangerous countries in the world, due in large part to the widespread drug trade that has spread throughout the country. Much of the violence that the country sees on…

Donald Trump: Budget Cuts That Just Don’t Cut It

Donald Trump 

President Trump recently released his much-anticipated budget plan on March 16th, proposing sizable cuts that make even his Republican voters scratch their heads. It was no question that Trump’s proposed budget plan was going to reflect his rather controversial presidential…