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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
In this Context interview, 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.

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 this Context interview, Hanna Hopko, newly elected member of the Ukrainian Parliament, shared her thoughts on post-election voter expectations and the challenges she and her party faces.

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?

Eduardo Stein confirma que Cuba está invitada a Cumbre de las Américas

Oct 16, 2014
This article quotes The Honorable Eduardo Stein Barillas on Cuba’s attendance in the upcoming Cumbre de las Americas. Cuba’s possible reinstatement into the OAS was one among several topics Dr. Stein Barillas discussed during the Latin American Program’s event “The OAS Leadership Transition." This article is in Spanish.

The Iranian Sphere of Influence Expands Into Yemen

Oct 09, 2014
"The implications of events in Yemen extend beyond its borders. If the Houthis secured Bab Al Mandab and the sea in Al Hudaydah governorate, another strategic waterway, they would control the traffic from the Suez Canal and the Persian Gulf, a sobering prospect for those worried about increased Iranian influence in the region,"
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Hong Kong Standoff: A Look at the Big Picture

Oct 08, 2014
Crowds of protesters are shrinking, talks are scheduled, but frustrations on both sides remain. While many in the press and elsewhere are quick to reference the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, Robert Daly explains how what’s happening today is different in many ways.

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