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Regions & CountriesJanuary 28, 2020 | 22:09 GMT
El Salvador
El Salvador
The tiny country of El Salvador is typical of Central America's geographic challenges. Nestled south of Honduras, southeast of Guatemala and northwest of Nicaragua, El Salvador's landmass is small — even compared to its neighbors. Throughout most of its history, El Salvador was an agricultural society. The mountainous terrain and relative isolation from the rest of the world encouraged subsistence agriculture but very little profitable economic activity. Despite the growth of some industry, such as textile manufacturing, in the late 20th century, El Salvador remains a very underdeveloped country. This underdevelopment fostered stark political divisions in the country's society. Abroad, El Salvador is perhaps best known for a 13-year civil war between communist-backed forces and the U.S.-backed government. The war ended in 1992, but the country remains politically split along economic class lines and between the left and right. The main political parties in the country are those organized around members of the now-disbanded leftist guerrilla movement and the right-leaning government. Illegal migration and violent crime remain the principal concern in El Salvador for the United States. El Salvador is simply too small and too resource-poor to sustain its population. Explosive population growth in the mid-20th century, endemic poverty and civil war caused mass migration abroad. More than a million Salvadorans fled the country, mostly to the United States. After the conflict, violent crime — mainly in the form of criminal gangs such as MS-13 and Barrio 18, and their numerous cliques across the country — compounded the migration problem. To this day, remittances from Salvadorans living in the United States are one of the main sources of foreign income for the country's economy. For the United States, neither of the security concerns from El Salvador are first-tier foreign policy priorities. Instead, they are persistent issues that some administrations choose to take more seriously than others.
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Contributor PerspectivesJan 20, 2020 | 09:45 GMT
A picture taken on Jan. 11, 2020, shows portraits of Iraq's slain Popular Mobilization Unit deputy chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the late founder of Kataib Hezbollah, on the southern exit of the Lebanese capital Beirut.
Reflections on the Life and Death of an Iraqi Militant
Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis fought Saddam Hussein, engineered attacks on Western embassies and took on the Islamic State. His death in the same strike that killed Iran's Qassem Soleimani increased local hostility to the U.S. presence in Iraq.
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AssessmentsJan 1, 2020 | 04:00 GMT
The History of the Gregorian Calendar
The Geopolitics of the Gregorian Calendar
The history of calendrical reform has been shaped by the egos of emperors, disputes among churches, the insights of astronomers and mathematicians, and immutable geopolitical realities. Geopolitical themes are present both in the creation of the Gregorian calendar and its permanence, and its ascendance and enduring primacy tells us much about the nature of the international system.
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Director, Global Energy and Middle EastDec 26, 2019 | 20:36 GMT
Greg Priddy
Greg Priddy

Greg Priddy is Director, Global Energy and Middle East, at Stratfor. Having spent most of his career at the nexus between geopolitical risk and the energy sector, he contributes to Stratfor's analysis on the Middle East, energy, financial markets, and broader Global Macro coverage. Prior to joining Stratfor, Mr. Priddy was Director, Global Oil, at Eurasia Group, and also has worked previously at the U.S. Energy Information Administration and the Department of the Navy.

Mr. Priddy has appeared on or been quoted by a number of prominent media outlets including The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and the PBS NewsHour.

He holds a BA and MA in international affairs from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and has also studied in Egypt at the American University in Cairo.

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