Democratic Governance and Human Rights

Latin American Program in the News: What’s going to happen in Venezuela after the Elections?

Aug 31, 2012
As the presidential elections approach in Venezuela, the question of what will happen, depending on the outcome of the elections, is more latent than ever. [SPANISH]

Latin American Program in the News: Latin America: The Corruption Problem

Aug 28, 2012
How can corruption in Latin America be reduced, if not eliminated? Several experts respond to this critical question including our Director Cynthia Arnson.

Latin American Program in the News: Would Another Peace Accord Help Central America?

Aug 28, 2012
Director of the Latin America Program Cynthia Arnson was asked to comment on the Esquipulas II Peace Accords and the possibility of an Esquipulas III.

Latin American Program in the News: Countdown to 7-0: Assessing the Implications of Venezuela's Presidential Election

Aug 22, 2012
CNP President Scott Bates, Cynthia Arnson and Ambassador Roger F. Noriega discuss the global impact of Venezuela's upcoming Presidential election.

Paulo Sotero discusses historic corruption case underway in Brazil

Aug 10, 2012
Paulo Sotero, director of the Brazil Institute, discusses with CCTV America Brazil's ongoing corruption trial

Brazil could break the mold in anti-graft battle

Aug 09, 2012
"What we are seeing here is institutions that work," says Paulo Sotero, director of the Brazil Institute, on the Brazilian supreme courts corruption trial.

Mexico Institute in the News: Elections results protests are shrinking in Mexico — here’s why

Jul 24, 2012
The second weekend of July, only 4,000 people attended a protest that was mostly spontaneous, and this weekend, a marcha that was organized by the #YoSoy132 student movement [and other social groups] and promoted as part of a new strategy to “resist” the “imposition” of PRI candidate Enrique Peña Nieto, only garnered some 30,000 people. Does this mean that the #YoSoy132 student movement and the rest of the “anti-imposition” crowd is losing support?.. The Mexico Institute's Eric Olson comments.

Mexico Institute in the News: Mexico’s Enrique Peña Nieto faces challenge of bringing old-style party into new age

Jul 14, 2012
Peña Nieto was born in a hospital in Mexico City’s La Condesa neighborhood but grew up in Atlacomulco, about a 90-minute drive northwest of the capital. In interviews with residents and friends here who have known him for more than a decade, two depictions of him emerged. Mexico Institute's Andrew Selee comments.

Mexico Institute in the News: Vote-Buying Efforts Remain Time-Honored as Mexicans Reap Gifts

Jul 13, 2012
Poor Mexicans who make up about half of the population have grown to expect gifts come election season. While Lopez Obrador may have a tough time proving that fraud by Pena Nieto’s side swung the election, given the 3.3-million-vote margin, the charges illustrate one of the challenges facing Mexico’s young democracy, said Andrew Selee, Director of the Mexico Institute.

Mexico Institute in the News: Mexico’s Ruling Party Rebound – OpEd

Jul 13, 2012
The PRI may have won the presidency, but it failed to secure a total victory in the legislature — the party will lead both houses, but without a majority, meaning the PRI will find it difficult to pass the structural reforms that EPN’s campaign promised. Mexico Institute's Eric Olson quoted.

Mexico Institute in the News: Mexican Vote Fight Undercuts New Leader

Jul 12, 2012
Fraud Allegations by Losing Candidate Prompts President Elect Peña Nieto to Consider Delaying Economic Overhaul Plan. Mexico Institute's Eric Olson comments.

Mexico Institute in the News: New Mexican president could target small gangs

Jul 05, 2012
Mexico's next president has boldly promised to halve the number of kidnappings and murders during his six-year term by moving law enforcement away from showy drug busts and focusing on protecting ordinary citizens from gangs. The Mexico Institute's Eric Olson comments.

Mexico Institute in the News: Commentary on the Mexican Elections by Mexico Institute Staff and Colleagues

Jul 03, 2012
For deeper analysis and background on the July 1 elections in Mexico, we have collected a selection of insights from Mexico Institute staff and colleagues on the PRI's rise to power, the prospects for security, economic, and energy policy, the impact on U.S.-Mexico relations and the future of Mexican democracy. This list will be continually updated on the Mexico Institute homepage as more articles are released.

Mexico Institute in the News: Mexico’s Telenovela President: Enrique Peña Nieto’s Saga of Scandal, Gaffes, and Connections

Jul 03, 2012
The personal life of Mexico's next president, Enrique Peña Nieto, reads like a telenovela script. It could be called "Because you know me," which was his campaign slogan, as the personal affairs of Mexico's next president have become public...The Mexico Institute's Eric Olson comments.

Mexico Institute in the News: Mexico’s new president faces stagnant economy, ongoing drug war

Jul 03, 2012
Enrique Peña Nieto, the current governor of Mexico State, won with approximately 38 percent of the vote, reclaiming the presidency for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (known as PRI, for its Mexican acronym), which ruled Mexico for 71 years before the National Action Party (PAN) won in both 2000 and 2006...The Mexico Institute's Christopher Wilson comments.

Mexico Institute in the News: PAN REELING FROM POOR SHOWING IN MEXICO ELECTIONS

Jul 03, 2012
“Every party has to prove itself in every election to the voters in Baja California,” said Andrew Selee, senior adviser to the Mexico Institute of the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. “Because it’s so far from central control and because Baja Californians are themselves migrants from elsewhere in the country, there’s an independent streak that is unlike anywhere else.”

Mexico Institute in the News: Mexico's Presidential Election Results

Jul 02, 2012
The Wilson Center's Eric Olson discusses how the results of Mexico's presidential election will impact the drug wars, the country's changing economic picture and U.S.-Mexico relations on NPR's The Diane Rehm Show.

Mexico Institute in the News: Mexico's Election: What It Means for US-Mexico Relations

Jul 02, 2012
Christopher Wilson of the Mexico Institute discusses the election results in Mexico and what they mean for US-Mexico relations on C-Span's Washington Journal.
Enrique Pena Nieto

Mexico Institute in the News: How Will PRI's Win Change the U.S.-Mexico Relationship?

Jul 02, 2012
Despite a history of anti-Americanism, the Institutional Revolutionary Party's win in Mexico's Presidential elections Sunday is not likely to dramatically alter U.S.-Mexico relations, Andrew Selee writes for CNN.com.
Enrique Pena Nieto

Mexico Institute in the News: How Will PRI's Win Change the U.S.-Mexico Relationship?

Jul 02, 2012
Despite a history of anti-Americanism, the Institutional Revolutionary Party's win in Mexico's Presidential elections Sunday is not likely to dramatically alter U.S.-Mexico relations, Andrew Selee writes for CNN.com.

Mexico Institute in the News: Mexicans Lukewarm About the Presidential Election

Jun 30, 2012
Unlike the past two elections this one has not stirred passions...The Mexico Institute's Eric Olson comments on NPR's Weekend Edition.

Mexico Institute in the News: Mexico's elections: Back to the future?

Jun 30, 2012
Joining Inside Story Americas to discuss this are guests: Christopher Wilson, a program associate at the Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center; Mark Weisbrot, the co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research; and Camilo Perez Bustillo, a Human Rights research professor in Mexico City.

Mexico Institute in the News: Mexico’s new president will face a changing nation [Op-Ed]

Jun 29, 2012
On Sunday, polls suggest that voters will return the party to power by electing Enrique Peña Nieto, the PRI candidate, as president. But Mexico has changed dramatically since the PRI last ruled, and it isn’t going to change back. Cites Mexico: A Middle Class Society, a report by Luis de la Calle and Luis Rubio, published by the Mexico Institute.

Mexico Institute in the News: Mexico's Presidential Election

Jun 27, 2012
Andrew Selee, Vice President for Programs and Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute, appeared on NPR’s “To the Point” with Warren Olney to talk about the upcoming Mexican elections.

Mexico Institute in the News: Presidential election could spell change for Mexico and the US

Jun 25, 2012
A current poll by the Reforma newspaper shows Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) candidate Enrique Peña Nieto leading with over 40 percent. A current surge by López Obrador has some wondering if this election will see an unexpected outcome as happened six years ago. Andrew Selee, VP for Programs and Senior Advisor of the Mexico Institute at Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars says that is unlikely.

Mexico Institute in the News: No clear choice in Mexico’s election for new president amid drug wars

Jun 22, 2012
Three towns, three horrors — and business as usual in the Mexican drug wars.As the country’s 114 million long-suffering citizens stumble toward presidential elections set for July 1, drug crime remains the issue uppermost in their minds — and no wonder. Eric Olson, Associate Director of the Mexico Institute, comments.

Mexico Institute in the News: Leftist makes gains in polls in second bid for Mexico’s presidency

Jun 12, 2012
Left-leaning candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is climbing back into the limelight in Mexico, where a late bump in the polls has boosted his stature before the nation’s July 1 presidential election. The Mexico Institute's Andrew Selee comments.

Mexico Institute in the News: Mexican Election opinion polls: Tools for propaganda?

Jun 12, 2012
Enrique Peña Nieto is the frontrunner in Mexico’s elections. But polls are divided over the size of his lead. The Mexico Institute's Christopher Wilson comments.

Mexico Institute in the News: Who will win the Mexican election?

Jun 12, 2012
As Mexico's presidential race enters its final weeks, we ask if anyone can stop Enrique Pena Nieto from winning. The Mexico Institute's Eric L. Olson comments.

Mexico Institute in the News: Mexican Presidential Candidates: Change is Needed to Stop Drug Wars

Jun 11, 2012
Could it be that the Mexican people have finally had enough with the drug wars in Mexico? Enough to scrap the current policy of pitting the Mexican army against the drug lords and cartels? The Mexico Institute's Eric L. Olson comments.

Mexico Institute in the News: Mexican Presidential Frontrunner Draws Crowds, And Protests

Jun 04, 2012
Enrique Peña Nieto draws crowds and protests, the Mexico Institute's Eric Olson explains his appeal.

Mexico Institute in the News: Security 'quagmire' for Mexican presidential candidates

Apr 18, 2012
Many Mexicans are weary of the sharp rise in violence that has accompanied Calderón's military-led strategy against drug traffickers. So why aren't presidential hopefuls offering alternatives?

Latin American Program in the News: Gorilla in the Room: Guatemala Takes the Lead

Apr 12, 2012
Just what that means in practice is harder to say. For a deeper understanding of how Guatemala sees itself within the debate, we turn to Guatemalan Secretary of Planning Fernando Carrera. Carrera is the man who many say is the architect of Perez's proposals on drug-related issues. He recently gave a talk at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars entitled "Drug Policy and Democracy in Central America: A View From Guatemala," that provides a crucial insight into how Guatemala is positioning itself in the ever-turbulent discourse on drug legalization

Latin American Program in the News: Americas summit host, Colombian President Santos, ambitious for wider clout as regional leader

Apr 12, 2012
As the date of the Americas Summit comes closer, the leadership role of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos in the region, has been under deep scrutiny. Dr. Arnson says that Santos "has adopted a much more pragmatic and distant approach".

Mexico Institute in the News: For Mexican president, a long-delayed Cuba visit

Apr 11, 2012
Mexican President Felipe Calderon arrives in La Habana for his first official visit to Cuba. The visit comes just eight months before Calderon’s term concludes, despite a lengthy list of pending bilateral issues for the two countries.

Mexico Institute in the News: The Good, The Bad and The Absurd of the Mexico Presidential Election

Mar 29, 2012
This year’s presidential election will be particularly interesting because of what is at stake. Mexico’s young democracy is at an important crossroads.

Mexico Institute in the News: Phone Tapping Scandal Envelops Mexican Ruling Party Candidate

Mar 27, 2012
Josefina Vazquez Mota is defensive after a recording was leaked of supposedly her accusing the government of recording her.

Mexico Institute in the News: Mexico Drug Lord's Fate is Focus of Election Year Speculation

Mar 12, 2012
If Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman, the world’s most wanted drug suspect, were to be captured before the Presidential elections, views of current President Calderón would be better, which would in turn help the PAN candidate.

Mexico Institute in the News: Mexican Election May Change How War on Drugs is Fought

Mar 09, 2012
Whoever is elected President of Mexico is likely to continue the war on drugs with a strategy that may shift to using more civilian police or a focus on preventing youth from joining cartels.

Mexico Institute in the News: Biden Talks of War on Drugs with Calderón

Mar 06, 2012
Vice President Joe Biden spoke with Mexican President Calderón and the three presidential candidates. The two governments work closely to fight the War on Drugs; Obama’s administration is hopeful that they will continue to work closely when a new President is elected.

Latin American Program in the News: Chavez vs. Capriles: Stark choice for Venezuela's independent voters

Feb 29, 2012
Roberto Briceño-Leon, a professor at the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas and a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., says he sees these independents as a third, distinct electoral group, spanning all social sectors. Among the poor, who traditionally have supported Chávez, nonaligned voters outnumber either Chávez or opposition supporters, his survey found.

Latin American Program in the News: Fresh cancer scare for Venezuela President Hugo Chavez as illness prompts new fears over re-election bid

Feb 23, 2012
Director Cynthia Arnson said the new surgery seriously complicates Chavez's re-election prospects. She said: 'It's now clear that Chavez's cancer is far from cured. Chavez's illness - his ability to campaign as well as to govern - is a major factor in the race. It erodes the aura of invincibility as well as inevitability that Chavez has always tried to create.'

Latin American Program in the News: New surgery for Venezuela’s Chavez throws election scenario into turmoil

Feb 23, 2012
Chavez delicate health condition may help the opposition in this year's presidential elections in Venezuela.

Latin American Program in the News: Venezuela's Chavez says his cancer is likely back

Feb 22, 2012
President Chavez reveals that he needs to return to Cuba to have a lesion removed. This may prove a major hurdle in his quest for re-election. Director of the Latin American Program Cynthia Arnson argues that this will be a major factor that will make "the race even tighter" against Capriles.

Challenging Chávez: What to Expect From Sunday's Venezuelan Primary

Feb 06, 2012
For Venezuela’s historically divided opposition, which enters a key test of unity this weekend, one-upping Chávez in the hearts of voters will be vital to winning this fall’s presidential election. Luis Vicente León and William H. Luers, former U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela, gauge the current field of candidates and look ahead to October's general election.

Mexico Institute in the News: Mexican Vote May Determine Future of Drug War

Feb 03, 2012
Enrique Pena Nieto, a front-runner in the Mexican presidential race, is in the PRI, which is known for allowing drug cartels power. U.S. policy-makers are concerned for what may happen with the drug war if he wins the election.

Latin American Program in the News: Brazil's President Flexes Clout in Cuba Trip

Feb 01, 2012
Rousseff Offers Closer Economic Ties, Reflecting Nation's Bid for Greater Regional Leadership; Human Rights Remain Issue

Latin American Program in the News: Lopez bows out of Venezuela presidential race

Jan 25, 2012
"Lopez was running far behind in the polls, and the Supreme Court's defiance of the decision by the Inter-American Court left a big cloud of uncertainty over Lopez's future, even if he were to come out ahead," said Cynthia Arnson, director of the Latin America program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington. "Capriles has been the front-runner for some time, so the endorsement will continue to bolster his campaign."

Mexico Institute in the News: Mexico’s Election Draws Eyes From Across Border

Jan 08, 2012
Politicians and economists in Texas observe presidential race in Mexico to how their relations may change with a new President.