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In Trouble at Home, Rousseff Travels to Washington

Jun 23, 2015
Paulo Sotero, in this article for the Huffington Post, discusses President Dilma Rousseff's visit to Washington, D.C. at the end of June.

The New Ukrainian Exceptionalism

Jun 23, 2015
"The new Ukrainian exceptionalism comes at a high price for Ukrainian civil society and for the international community focused on helping Ukraine," write Matthew Rojansky and Mykhailo Minakov.

Transparencia cero en Nicaragua: El millonario desvío de los petrodólares venezolanos y la opacidad de la concesión del canal interoceánico

Jun 15, 2015
Carlos F. Chamorro, who participated in the Wilson Center event titled, "Transparency, Governance, and Foreign Policy: Meeting the Challenge in the Americas," published the text of his talk in Nicaragua's Confidencial. This article is in Spanish.

A Way to Restore Mexico’s Trust Deficit

Jun 12, 2015
The massacres of Tlatlaya and Ayotzinapa, a scandal over financial support to purchase a mansion for the President's wife, the firing of Carmen Aristegui, harassment toward Mexican journalists in provincial papers. The common theme running through these four situations is lack of trust in public institutions and cynicism toward the rule of law. Recent surveys find that 75 percent of those polled do not trust politicians and police in Mexico.

Wave of Protests Spreads to Scandal-Weary Honduras and Guatemala

Jun 12, 2015
Eric Olson, Associate Director of the Latin American Program, is quoted about ongoing protests in Central America, their impact on potential U.S. aid, and the importance of foreign aid.

A False War Fades: The End of Brazil-Mexico Rivalry?

Jun 10, 2015
Paulo Sotero and Duncan Wood, directors of the Brazil Institute and Mexico Institute, write for the Financial Times Beyond Brics Blog on the bilateral relationship between the two countries.

Mexico's Active and Demanding Citizenry

Jun 09, 2015
Halfway through the six-year term of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico went to the polls on June 7 for its largest mid-term elections, renewing all 500 seats in the lower house of Congress and 17 state legislatures, as well as selecting new governors for nine states and mayors for hundreds of cities across the country.

As Mexicans Buck Political Status Quo, Independent "El Bronco" Wins Election

Jun 09, 2015
In Mexico, an independent's election as governor marks a potential sea change in Mexican politics, as voters grow increasingly disillusioned with traditional political elites.

A Fragmented Political Landscape

Jun 08, 2015
It's too early to know the full impact of yesterday's elections in Mexico, but there is no question that these were far more momentous than midterm elections usually are, with profound short-term and long-term consequences for the future of Mexico's political system. Andrew Selee provides four quick takeaways on the implications of the results.

America's Shocking Ignorance of Afghanistan

Jun 05, 2015
"The basic debate regarding whether U.S. efforts in the country should be focused on counter-insurgency or counter-terrorism has always framed the Afghan state as incidental to Western aims and efforts. Why? A basic ignorance about Afghanistan and a profound unwillingness on the part of policymakers to address this intellectual illiteracy lie at the core of any answer," writes Benjamin Hopkins.

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