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Latin American Program in the News: "Salvadorans in U.S. Get a Chance to Vote for Their Top Leader Back Home for First Time"

Feb 03, 2014
In this article about the 2014 presidential election in El Salvador (held February 2, 2014), Latin American Program Associate Director Eric L. Olson discusses the likely results.

Crises in Ukraine: 2004 and 2013 in comparative context

Jan 31, 2014
Big scale political crises occur in Ukraine approximately once in a decade, with each next crisis more devastating than the previous one. However, if the crises of 1994 and 2004 resulted in a change of power, the crisis of 2013 so far has not been resolved.

What the West Must Do for Ukraine

Jan 29, 2014
Ukraine is on the verge of spinning out of control. A pro-European protest that began more than two months ago in Kiev’s central square has flared into broad, angry opposition to the authoritarian policies of President Viktor F. Yanukovych. If the United States and European Union wish to encourage a peaceful resolution, they must use their leverage now. Otherwise the situation could degenerate further, to the point where the West will be no more than a spectator.

Ukraine's Public Enemy Number One: The Police

Jan 28, 2014
"If Ukraine is to embark on the path to greater democratization, its political leadership must make police reform a top priority," writes Fellow Erica Marat.

Latin American Program in the News: Raúl Castro busca reinserción regional de Cuba como anfitrión de la Celac

Jan 27, 2014
This article discusses CELAC and Raúl Castro's hope to seek regional reintegration of Cuba. Latin American Program Director Cynthia J. Arnson comments on the opportunity that CELAC provides for this reintegration. This article is in Spanish.

Notes from Ukraine

Jan 16, 2014
Comments on the December 2013 - January 2014 Demonstrations from Kennan Institute Ukrainian alumni.

Latin American Program in the News: Latin America 2014 Political Outlook

Jan 15, 2014
Latin American Program Director Cynthia J. Arnson was interviewed by Latinvex about upcoming elections and the overall political outlook in Latin America in 2014.

Even In Snowden-Friendly Brazil, Asylum May Be 'Bridge Too Far'

Jan 10, 2014
Director of the Brazil Institute, Paulo Sotero, speaks to NPR regarding the continued coverage of Edward Snowden.

Ukraine Rebooting

Jan 10, 2014
Lately we have been hearing more and more cries for “rebooting” Ukraine. Yurii Lutsenko, the former Minister of Internal Affairs, calls for introducing a second and third republic, while Roman Bezsmertny, the author of unaccomplished administrative reform, has undergone a complete reincarnation; "Depa" and "Gepa" insist on moving the capital of the country to Kharkiv, while Andriy Klyuev, a prominent businessman and politician, sympathizes with unfortunate Poland about what it will do with Galicia when it breaks off from Ukraine.

From Maidan to Systemic Changes?

Jan 10, 2014
The proclamation of the “Maidan” public association can be considered a constructive step forward following the month-long protests in the center of Kyiv. It is quite a positive development that it is finally possible to move from symbolically meaningful but not very effective demonstrations in the modern “Occupy” fashion towards a broad mobilization of engaged citizens seeking systemic changes, including virtual networks (“with Maidan in our minds,” as Lutsenko put it).

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