Author: Thomas Bell

Caption: Mexican citizens will cast their votes in the country's upcoming presidential election (iStockphoto.com)

Mexican 2018 Presidential Election

By Thomas Bell In 1990, Peruvian writer and Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa famously declared that “México es una dictadura perfecta”; “Mexico is a perfect dictatorship.” The validity of his statement may not seem…


Men holding Greenlandic flags during Greenland’s National Day Celebrations in Sisimiut, Greenland, June 21, 2010 (Wikimedia, Algkalv)

The Case for Greenlandic Independence

By Thomas Bell In the past few weeks, the independence crisis in Spain’s autonomous region of Catalonia has captivated the international community.  A complicated tangle of history, regionalism, constitutional law, and Spanish retaliation to the…


Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, December 20, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

The Looming Crisis in the Heart of Africa

By Thomas Bell Africa as a continent has a complicated history, but its modern past has been unstable and violent.  African countries, unable to cope with the ethnic, political, and economic constraints imposed by European…


A Greek woman holds a flag in front of the Greek parliament during a protest, June 11, 2011, Athens, Greece.

Greece A Decade After the Recession: What Happened?

By Thomas Bell In 2001, Greece adopted the euro as it integrated itself into the European Union.  While the government accumulated substantial debt to pay for expensive social programs, further growth occurred throughout the first decade of…