Democracy News

Latin American Program in the News: The trajectory of populism in Latin America

Nov 14, 2013
Prashanth Perumal of Mint reviews recent publication, "Latin American Populism in the Twenty-First Century", a collection of papers edited by Cynthia Arnson and Carlos de la Torre. He says the publication offers not just a well-rounded survey of the nature and dynamics of political populism in Latin America, but also the ideological undercurrents at work.

Latin American Program in the News: La política de la seguridad ciudadana

Nov 14, 2013
Wilson Center scholar Lucía Dammert authors an opinion piece for Informe Regional de Desarrollo Humano about the criminal phenomenon in Latin America, and how the daily lives of Latin Americans are impacted by ineffectual government and a rising crime rate. She discusses the need for political change in order to achieve citizen security in the region. This article is in Spanish.

Latin American Program in the News: Blackwell, OEA: "no es aceptable que un marero utilice tecnología desde los penales"

Oct 31, 2013
Ambassador Adam Blackwell, Secretary of Multidimensional Security at the Organization of American States, discusses ideas presented by him and other speakers at the Latin American Program's event "What Happens When Governments Negotiate with Criminal Networks? Case Studies from the Americas." This article is in Spanish.

Brazilian Philanthropy Forum

Oct 25, 2013
On Thursday, October 24, the director of the Brazil Institute, Paulo Sotero, spoke at the second annual Brazilian Philanthropy Forum in Sao Paulo. Mr. Sotero took part in the Closing Plenary: Phianthropy and Citizen Voice.

Angela Kocze to Receive the 2013 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award

Oct 21, 2013
Angela Kocze, a leading Hungarian Roma rights activist and scholar, is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor with the Department of Sociology at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, as well as a Research Fellow at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

A Look at Mexico’s Political Reform-The Expert Take

Oct 16, 2013
Mexico Institute Director Duncan Wood discusses the viability for a successful political reform in Mexico. As the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto nears the end of it's first year, the reform agenda laid out thus far has the potential for far reaching implications for the strength and progress of Mexico's democracy.

Mexican Political Reforms, Something New, Something Old? - The Expert Take

Oct 16, 2013
Roderic Camp, Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College and Mexico Institute Advisory Board Member offers a comparative look at reforms proposed by previous presidential administrations in Mexico and shed's light on the current reform agenda of President Enrique Peña Nieto.

U.S. Shutdown Costs Longer-Term Relations with Asia

Oct 15, 2013
Northeast Asia associate Shihoko Goto discusses the longer-term impact of the U.S. government shutdown on relations with Asia.

Japanese Parliamentarian Hideki Makihara Named Wilson Center Global Fellow

Oct 15, 2013
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is pleased to announce Japanese Diet member and Parliamentary Secretary of the Environment Hideki Makihara as a Wilson Center Global Fellow. Mr. Makihara is in his second term as a member of the House of Representatives with the Liberal Democratic Party. In September 2013, he was also named Parliamentary Secretary of the Environment.

Sergei Kiselev

Sep 27, 2013
Sergei Kiselev, Political Analyst from Yaroslavl, and former Kennan Institute conference participant, describes in detail how in the context of rising political competition, the 2013 elections deviated from the power hierarchy script in the largest Russian cities (Moscow, Yekaterinburg, and Krasnoyarsk), while the regions stuck to it. In the regions, this included clearing the electoral playing field, mass acceptance of spoiler candidates and technological gimmicks, and the erosion of the protest vote.

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