Democratic Transition News

G8 on Arab Countries in Transition

Apr 12, 2013
On April 11, G8 foreign ministers condemned attacks on residential areas in Syria and warned that chemical weapons use would “demand a serious international response.” Ministers from the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United Kingdom also reaffirmed their support for the six Deauville Partnership transition countries ― Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen. The partnership, launched in May 2011, supports four areas key to successful political transitions: economic stabilization, job creation, good governance, and economic integration.

Latin American Program in the News: Peace-building initiatives in Latin America

Apr 10, 2013
Director Cynthia J. Arnson remarks on the important role that the United States has in peace-building initiatives in Latin America.

Survey: Fair Pay Top Concern of Arab Youth

Apr 10, 2013
Fair pay, unemployment and rising living costs are top concerns of Arab youth, according to a new survey by Asada’a and Burson Marsteller. "Being paid a fair wage” is the top priority of 82 percent of respondents for the second year in a row. Owning a home, also for the second consecutive year, remains the second-highest priority of Arab youth.

Survey: Arab Youth Optimistic About Future

Apr 10, 2013
Three-quarters of youth in 15 Arab countries think “our best days are ahead of us,” according to a new survey by Asada’a and Burson Marsteller. About 70 percent of respondents think the Arab world is “better off” since the uprisings began in December 2010, and 67 percent feel personally better off. Nearly half of youth say their government has become more transparent and representative.

Latin American Program in the News: Researchers Examine Nurse Migration In North, Central America As Way To Strengthen Health Systems

Apr 02, 2013
This article features the new report convened by the Latin American Program at the Wilson Center and the Migration Policy Institute (MPI). The report explores the international phenomenon of nurse migration as well as analyzes the health care sector in the countries involved.

Latin American Program in the News: China seen favorably in Latin America

Apr 02, 2013
This article analyzes the image of China in Latin America according to a survey presented in the Wilson Center.

Latin American Program in the News: Anti-US Accusations in Venezuela Seen as Campaign Rhetoric

Mar 28, 2013
Director Cynthia J. Arnson comments on the agglutinating effect of anti-American accusations coming out of Maduro's election campaign which, in her views, are being used to unite the chavista base.

Latin American Program in the News: Venezuela Stops Communication With U.S. Diplomat Roberta Jacobson

Mar 28, 2013
Director Cynthia J. Arnson weighs in on the troubled U.S.-Venezuelan diplomatic relationship and instability.

Islamists Stumble in Egypt and Tunisia

Mar 27, 2013
Egypt and Tunisia have “traveled the furthest on the road to democratic transformation,” according to a new paper by Adeed Dawisha, a former public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Both countries have held free and fair elections. They also formed parliaments tasked with writing new constitutions. Tunisia’s prospects for democracy, however, may be better than Egypt’s, Dawisha argues.

Women on Saudi Appointment of Female Advisors

Mar 24, 2013
In early January, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz appointed 30 women to Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council, which had been an all-male assembly. Fifteen women in nine Arab countries, from Morocco to Egypt and Iraq, reacted to the appointment, and remarks by controversial cleric Ahmed al Abdulqader ― who reportedly called the new council members “prostitutes” on Twitter. Nearly all of the women saw the appointment as an important step in the struggle for women’s rights in the kingdom. But several stipulated that the appointment would make little difference if other reforms are not enacted.

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