Program News

Brazilians to elect a new president in an atypically sour mood

October 24, 2014
Paulo Sotero shares his take on the upcoming second round of the Brazilian Presidential elections this Sunday, October 26th.

The Future of Syria: A History Lesson

October 24, 2014
Christian Sahner provides insight into Syria’s civil war and the impact of the emergence of the Islamic State through the lens of history. What can the country's past tell us about its future?

Now Accepting Intern Applications for Spring 2015 Semester

October 23, 2014
The Mexico Institute seeks two intern candidates for the Spring of 2015. Applications should be received no later than Friday, November 14, 2014. Please review full guidelines for application instructions. This is a paid internship.

Is Democracy Failing?

October 23, 2014
In the United States alone, ongoing partisan battles have raised questions about the ability of the often self-proclaimed “world’s greatest democracy” to meet its most basic obligations. Have these failures, real and perceived, damaged the ability of democracies around the world to promote democratic governance as the solution to a wide range of challenges and problems?

Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?

October 23, 2014
Tales of corruption in Russia are nothing new. But in her new book, “Putin’s Kleptocracy,” Karen Dawisha connects the dots between government and private sector corruption and Vladimir Putin’s rapid rise to power, leading to the question, who owns Russia? That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.

Former Kennan Scholar wins the American Historical Association's Albert J. Beveridge Award

October 23, 2014
Kate Brown, 2007 Kennan Institute Research Scholar, was recently awarded the 2014 Albert J. Beveridge Award for her book, Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters, which provides an account of the first two cities to produce plutonium, Richland, Washington and Ozersk, Russia, and how these idealistic communities helped conceal the fallout from the nuclear programs.

Can Oil Sanctions Push Russian Economy Into Recession?

October 22, 2014
"It [Russia] is facing a lower price for oil. It is confronting a rising Ruble. In a diverse economy, you could take advantage of such circumstances, but Russia doesn't have a diverse economy and it won't be able to," says Will Pomeranz.

The Complexity of Russia

October 21, 2014
Support for the annexation of Crimea is virtually universal with little understanding or appreciation that in so doing, Russia has violated international commitments and undone post- Cold War security structures in Europe. There is, however, no support for open warfare with Ukraine and young people are uneasy the current sanctions will jeopardize future career and job prospects.

MENA Women's News Brief

October 21, 2014
The Middle East Program will send out the latest developments on women’s issues in the Middle East and North Africa region on a bi-monthly basis.

Mexico's Involvement in UN Peacekeeping Operations

October 21, 2014
“Peña Nieto’s decision is neither unprecedented, nor does it assume commitments that had not been previously undertaken during the signing of the United Nations Charter in 1945.” Check out our latest infographic about Mexico's participation in UN peacekeeping operations.

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