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Pena Nieto Pushes Mexico’s Ruling Party to End Pemex Monopoly - Mexico Institute in the News

Mar 04, 2013
The so-called “Pact for Mexico,” along with the PRI’s likely passage of rule changes this weekend, give Pena Nieto the momentum needed to push for sweeping reforms, said Duncan Wood of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Mexico’s Arrest of Teachers Union Head Part of a Much Bigger Story - Mexico Institute in the News

Mar 04, 2013
Duncan Wood, director of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, said that while a great deal of attention has focused on the arrest’s likely impact on education in Mexico, it is only one part of a larger story about the exercise of power. “It’s not just about education,” he said. “It’s about so much more than that.”

The Resistible Rise of Islamist Parties

Feb 27, 2013
The rise of Islamist parties in the aftermath of the Arab uprisings took most by surprise, including in some cases the Islamist parties themselves, which were more successful than they dared to hope. But the success of Islamist parties, coupled with the disarray of the secular opposition, augurs poorly for democracy.

Elba Esther Gordillo – The Expert Take

Feb 27, 2013
Yesterday’s PGR arrest of Elba Esther Gordillo on charges of embezzlement marks a bold step forward by the Pena Nieto administration to establish its authority and legitimacy in the eyes of the Mexican public, and to send a message to Mexico’s most powerful unions. The arrest comes after the successful passage of an education reform bill through Congress, earning the government plaudits from international observers, who saw it as a much-needed attack on the power of the teachers union, the SNTE, but receiving a skeptical response from many national critics who believed that the government would not follow through with implementation of the new laws.

Report: Can Turkey’s AKP Be a Model for Arab Islamists?

Feb 25, 2013
Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) offers a moderate political model that may be attractive to Arab Islamists, according to a new report by The Brookings Institution. The AKP promotes Islamic values without seeking to establish an Islamic state by embracing “passive secularism.” Islamist parties in Tunisia and Morocco are already close to the AKP model, since neither party calls for a constitutional reference to Sharia, or Islamic law.
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Latin American Program in the Media: Winter 2013

Feb 08, 2013
See what our staff, fellows, and scholars have been saying on key issues.

Latin American Program in the News: Hand of U.S. Is Seen in Halting General’s Rise in Mexico

Feb 06, 2013
Associate Director Eric L. Olson gives The New York Times his views on the future of Mexico-U.S. relations.

Brazil's Measured Rise: Year in Review 2012

Feb 01, 2013
In an essay posted on Encyclopedia Britannica online, Brazil Institute Director Paulo Sotero reflects on Brazil in 2012.

Latin American Program in the News: Screen Travelers in Advance, and Focus on Real Dangers

Feb 01, 2013
Eric Olson's take on U.S.-Mexico border security featured in the NYT's "Room for Debate"
Rangita de Silva de Alwis presents award to Aung San Suu Kyi

GWLI Presents Award to Burmese Leader Aung San Suu Kyi

Jan 25, 2013
On January 16th, the Wilson Center's Global Women's Leadership Initiative (GWLI) presented the prestigious 2012 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award to Aung San Suu Kyi at her private residence in Nay Pyi Daw, Burma.

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