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Another Mexican Utopia: Building a Merit-Based Society

Apr 24, 2015
In this Expert Take, Arturo Franco discusses the benefits of creating a merit-based society in Mexico. This view is presented as an alternate "Mexican Utopia" to the one portrayed in Luis Rubio's recently published book "A Mexican Utopia: The Rule of Law is Possible."

Transparency and the Rule of Law Series

Apr 24, 2015
Perhaps the greatest challenge Mexico is facing is building a genuine Rule of Law. Although some advances have been achieved, the road still looks challenging. With this series, the Mexico Institute seeks to provide arguments and analysis for understanding the problems of transparency and Rule of Law that Mexico is facing.
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China vs. Western Values: Xi Jinping’s Ideology Campaign

Apr 21, 2015
Ideology is once again playing a major role in U.S.-China relations. Government warnings against the pernicious influence of “Western values” have surged under Xi Jinping. And that concern has influenced policies toward the Internet, traditional media, culture and entertainment, universities, think tanks, and non-governmental organizations. Can China succeed in blocking Western influence? That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.

Corruption, A Central Issue in the Campaigns

Apr 20, 2015
Corruption has emerged as a key topic in the 2015 electoral campaigns. In this Expert Take, Duncan Wood and Pedro Valenzuela discuss where the debate regarding corruption is currently and what the parties are proposing in their electoral platforms.

Attack Roils Colombian Peace Talks

Apr 15, 2015
Program Director Cynthia Arnson is quoted about the escalation of hostilities between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, a Marxist rebel group, and the Colombian military even as negotiators meet for peace talks.

2015 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award: Call for Nominations

Apr 13, 2015
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars welcomes nominations for the 2015 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award. The purpose of the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award (IRDA) is to bring visibility and international recognition to the ideas, ideals and accomplishments of individuals around the world who are working on behalf of democracy. The event expresses the deep commitment to democracy of the late Ion Ratiu through his contributions as a Romanian politician as well as his interest in democratic change worldwide.
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A Conversation with Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete

Apr 13, 2015
After two terms, Jakaya Kikwete will conclude his time as President of Tanzania later this year. He Visited the Wilson Center for a conversation that included reflection on his time in office, thoughts on Tanzania's progress and challenges, and that also provided a preview of his post-presidency plans. That's the focus of this edition of REWIND.

Nigeria's Moment of Triumph

Apr 13, 2015
"Hundreds of thousands living in violence-prone regions defied extremists and voted. The professionalism, transparency and independence demonstrated by Independent Nigerian Electoral Commission (INEC) provided credibility, in a country where it is usually lacking, and galvanized a fractured country," writes Monde Muyangwa and Raymond Gilpin.

Ordinary Opinions of Everyday Mexicans: Polling from the 1940s-2012

Apr 13, 2015
This article, written by Mexico Institute Advisory Board Member Roderic Ai Camp, discusses how public opinion polls played a critical role in Mexico's democratic political transition during the 1980s and 1990s.

Democratizing Mexican Politics, 1982-2012

Apr 13, 2015
This article, written by Mexico Institute Advisory Board Member Roderic Ai Camp, discusses Mexico's democratic transition and the case study it provides of a semi-authoritarian political model evolving incrementally into an electoral democracy over two decades.

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