Slovakia

Slovakia is a young country — with a long history. A national consciousness began to emerge in the 18th century, however, and Slavic peoples have inhabited the region for millennia, but Slovakia has only been an independent nation since 1993 — and in many ways is still forging its identity. Since its break from the … More Slovakia

Nepal

  Nepal. Land of fantasy, ancient traditions, graceful religion — and 8 of the world’s 10 highest mountains, including the highest point on Earth. Land also of poverty, hardship, and natural disaster. Sandwiched between India and China — notably, Tibet, its two greatest influences, the society is multi-ethnic — with a culture uniquely its own. … More Nepal

Tunisia

Tunisia — northernmost point in the African continent, part of the Mahgreb region, strong Mediterranean influences, home of ancient Carthage — and the only fully democratic sovereign state in the Arab world, initiator of “Arab Spring,” one of the top Arab nations for gender equality as constitutionally protected. Berber at its origins, Tunisia has been … More Tunisia

Poland

Poland, in Central Europe, is the EU’s 5th most populous member-state with 38.5 million, and its 6th-largest economy — with 500,000 years of human activity in its area, and borders that have changed dramatically throughout time. At its peak, beginning in late 15th century and extending for nearly 300 years, the Poland-Lithuania territory was the … More Poland