This edition: Global Interaction
Two case studies in trade and foreign relations: Singapore, a small island nation poor in physical resources, has exploited its central geographic location by acting as a transport hub for goods and people. To that end, the Singapore government works to maintain a highly trained workforce and a sophisticated port system. In Australia, a harsh, resource-rich interior is surrounded by major coastal population centers. Early in its history, this former British colony relied on Europe for its major trading partners. But today it is developing closer economic ties with its Pacific Asian neighbors.