The military can make a big difference right away but humanitarian deployments should generally be rare and brief.
Hurricane Maria has left 3.4 million Puerto Ricans facing shortages of food, health care and transit, an American humanitarian crisis fueled by the US territory's May 2017 bankruptcy.
It's not just the land and people that have been badly affected by hurricanes.
The Caribbean is facing its second deadly hurricane in as many weeks. This isn't just bad luck: the region's extreme vulnerability to disaster also reflects entrenched social inequalities.
Data reveal how hurricanes affect migration, and what it means for US immigration policy.
Pictures of ocean bays emptied of water as Hurricane Irma moved through the Caribbean and Florida show that storm surges can move away from the coast, as well as onto it.
The desire to help during emergencies like Hurricane Irma is admirable. Doing some homework might make your contributions go farther.
Four ways coverage of disasters can improve.
The aid and assistance Britain's Caribbean territories will need to rebuild will make highlight the fault lines in the relationship between Westminster and its former colonies.
Piracy has risen and fallen with the ages, but international cooperation is the common factor behind their defeat.
Slaves were involved in medical experimentation in the 1700s – both as sources of knowledge and as nonconsenting participants.
Fifty years of the Caribbean Carnival in Toronto has had a significant impact on Canada's cultural institutions. It's also helped educate Canadians about Black history.
Cuba won't tolerate the high social costs paid by China and Vietnam in their shift to market capitalism, but its economy desperately needs a reboot.
Competition for spaces is driving Canadian undergraduates to medical school in the tropics. And there are risks - for student career prospects and Caribbean health systems.
By rolling back chunks of the Obama deal with Cuba, Donald Trump is giving up just the sort of opportunities he promised to seek out.
Oil-dependent and led by a charismatic dictator with a chaotic economic policy, is Suriname the next Venezuela?
Bought from Denmark for their strategic value, a group of Caribbean islands has lived under the US flag for a century.
Some deride a Carnival trend in which women revel in the streets wearing swimsuits and feather boas. But to feminists, 'bikini mas' is a highly political act.
The UK political elite is overestimating the power of the Commonwealth’s brand in Africa as it seeks new partners in the wake of Brexit.
Six years after a catastrophic earthquake, Haiti has to recover from yet another disaster. Getting it right will be a herculean task.