Democratic Transition News

"Building Resilient Communities in Mexico: Civic Responses to Crime and Violence" Briefing Paper Series

Jan 14, 2015
This briefing series is a continuation of the project "Building Resilient Communities in Mexico: Civic Responses to Crime and Violence," a multiyear effort by the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Justice in Mexico Project at the University of San Diego to analyze the obstacles to and opportunities for improving citizen security in Mexico.

Radio and TV Martí have roles to play as Cuba enters a new era

Jan 09, 2015
"We should expect the Castro regime to fight tooth and nail to prevent media freedom, and it is likely that the regime will intensify measures to derail Radio and TV Martí as the broadcaster informs Cubans about the deepening crisis of the current system," writes A. Ross Johnson and S. Enders Wimbush.

Detente Scrambles Political Calculus in Latin America

Dec 18, 2014
Program Director Cynthia Arnson is mentioned in an article about the detente between the United States and Cuba.

As Cuba and U.S. mend ties will Venezuela follow their lead?

Dec 18, 2014
This article looks at how the rapprochement between the United States and Cuba could affect Venezuela, quoting Program Director Cynthia Arnson on the matter.

Egypt’s Crackdown on Political Speech

Dec 16, 2014
The political climate in Egypt, a country that accounts for one-quarter of the Arab world’s population, has become increasingly inhospitable to public debate or criticism. What is Egypt afraid of?
Webcast

Slovakia: From Velvet Revolution and Velvet Divorce to Today

Dec 15, 2014
Several weeks ago, the US Congress commemorated the 25th Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution with the unveiling of a bust of Vaclav Havel. One of the attendees, Pavol Demes, was part of the delegation that traveled to Washington with Havel in 1991. Demes is an internationally recognized NGO leader, a former government official, and also an author and photographer. We spoke with him about the anniversary and the current state of democracy in Slovakia, as well as about concerns over Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.

Romania's Presidential Election 2014

Dec 03, 2014
Romania's groundbreaking November 2014 Presidential election marked a significant moment in democratic history.

The Consequences of Misunderstanding the Middle East

Nov 19, 2014
"There was a certain amount of naiveté rooted perhaps in the mistaken idea that hope and change -- so effective in getting the president elected -- were somehow relevant to the world of Middle Eastern politics," writes Aaron David Miller.
Webcast

Ukraine’s Election Delivers a New Generation of Leadership

Oct 30, 2014
In an exclusive interview, newly elected member of the Ukrainian Parliament, Hanna Hopko, shares her thoughts on post-election voter expectations and the challenges she and her party faces. Her party, the Samopomich (“Self-Reliance”) Party, polled at less than 5% before the election. But after the votes were counted, Samopomich is the third largest party in Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine.
Webcast

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?

Pages