The Land of Balboa: A Case Study of Humanitarian Aid and U.S.-Panamanian Relations


As citizens of a global community, it is both a duty and pleasure to interact with others of varying languages and cultures and to assist when possible to improve the human condition. These interactions between nations and individuals offer complexities that make this process dynamic and worthy of exploration. In the form of a case study, I will examine this notion along with several associated themes, including the successes and shortcomings of humanitarian aid and nongovernmental organizations, and varying perceptions of such assistance. I will specifically consider how these concepts apply to Panama and its easternmost region, Darién.



United States, Panama, Humanitarian aid, Nongovernmental organizations, Global health, Sustainable development, International relations, Darién