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Why Colombia’s War Against the FARC Isn’t Over Yet

Dec 01, 2014
Program Director Cynthia Arnson is quoted on the peace talks between the Colombia government and the FARC.

The Consequences of Misunderstanding the Middle East

Nov 19, 2014
"There was a certain amount of naiveté rooted perhaps in the mistaken idea that hope and change -- so effective in getting the president elected -- were somehow relevant to the world of Middle Eastern politics," writes Aaron David Miller.

Save the Date: IFES-WWICS Washington Forum on Korea Friday December 5, 2014

Nov 14, 2014
On Friday, December 5, 2014, the 2014 IFES-WWICS Washington Forum on Korea features discussions on "Marketization, Social Change, and the Impact of the Korean Wave in North Korea", and another panel discussion on the topic "Reporting on North Korea: Challenges, Problems, and Pitfalls".
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From the Velvet Revolution to Putin’s Russia: Is the Need for “Free Media” Greater Than Ever?

Nov 14, 2014
A. Ross Johnson and Nenad Pejic reflect on the decline of independent media and the attempt to fill the information deficit in nations across the globe. What Cold War lessons resonate today and what are the demands of the new media environment? And is the U.S. doing enough to bring objective information to authoritarian countries and unfree societies?

OAS Roundtable Debated Importance of Effective Links between Academics and Politics

Nov 06, 2014
These article summaries the discussion held at the 62nd Policy Roundtable of the Organization of American States on the need for productive relationships between academics and public policy makers in the area of international relations. Cynthia Arnson Director of the Latin American Program moderated as panelists discussed Public Policy Scholar Abraham F. Lowenthal’s book on this topic.

Latinoamérica gira hacia una mayor liberalización social

Nov 05, 2014
Latin American Program Fellow Joseph Tulchin is quoted in this article about growing social liberalization in Latin America. This article is in Spanish.

OAS Roundtable to Discuss Contribution of Academics to the Design of Public Policies on International Relations

Nov 05, 2014
Cynthia Arnson Director of the Latin American Program moderated a panel discussion at the 62nd Policy Roundtable of the Organization of American States. The discussion focused on recommendations drawn from the book by Public Policy Scholar Abraham F. Lowenthal and Mariano E. Bertucci on the dynamics between academics and public policy makers in the area of international relations.
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Ukraine’s Election Delivers a New Generation of Leadership

Oct 30, 2014
In an exclusive interview, newly elected member of the Ukrainian Parliament, Hanna Hopko, shares her thoughts on post-election voter expectations and the challenges she and her party faces. Her party, the Samopomich (“Self-Reliance”) Party, polled at less than 5% before the election. But after the votes were counted, Samopomich is the third largest party in Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine.

Reelected, Rousseff Promises She Will be “A Better President"

Oct 27, 2014
Director of the Brazil Institute, Paulo Sotero, gives his take on Dilma Rousseff's reelection.
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Is Democracy Failing?

Oct 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?

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