Democratic Transition News

Obama on Syria: Assad Must Go

Mar 24, 2013
President Obama said Syrian President Bashar al Assad has lost his legitimacy and “must go,” during a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on March 20. Obama, on his first presidential visit to Israel, warned that the Syrian regime “will be held accountable for the use of chemical weapons or their transfer to terrorists.”

Jordan’s King: Muslim Brotherhood Crescent Developing

Mar 21, 2013
“I see a Muslim Brotherhood crescent developing in Egypt and Turkey,” Jordan’s King Abdullah II warned in a series of interviews with The Atlantic. The monarch said the Muslim Brothers are not necessarily interested in democracy. They are “wolves in sheep’s clothing.”

Latin American Program in the News: President, what did you do in your first 100 days?

Mar 21, 2013
Director Cynthia Arnson comments on the first 100 days of some of the region's presidents, highlighting how they endeavored to differentiate themselves from prior administrations via innovative policies and a change in diplomatic tone (In Spanish).

Latin American Program in the News: US-Mexico gun trafficking grows

Mar 20, 2013
Latin American Program consultant, Colby Goodman, commented on a new study that has been recently published, which provides new conceptual tools for understanding the phenomenon of arms trafficking and potential approaches to stemming it.

U.S. Intelligence: Arab Spring Generated Threats

Mar 15, 2013
The Arab uprisings have “generated a spike in threats to U.S. interests… that will likely endure until political upheaval stabilizes and security forces regain their capabilities,” according to the U.S. intelligence community’s new worldwide threat assessment. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper delivered the report to the Senate on March 12.

Latin American Program in the News: Maduro Llega a la Presidencia en Medio de Dudas

Mar 12, 2013
Director Cynthia J. Arnson talks about Nicolas Maduro's recent comments and the effect on U.S. - Venezuela relations.

Latin American Program in the News: Hugo Chavez Legacy Debate Continues About who he was, What he did, What's Next

Mar 12, 2013
“I find it almost impossible to imagine that it won’t be Nicolás Maduro,” said Cynthia Arnson, director of the Wilson Center’s Latin American Program. “He is the only person who has officially been given the blessing of Chavez to carry on his legacy."

Brazil's leftwing leaders mourn Chavez with not-so-veiled criticism

Mar 11, 2013
Paulo Sotero, director of the Brazil Institute, gives his take on the recent death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and Brazil's reaction.

Latin American Program in the News: Pese a las expulsiones, EE.UU. esperaría una mejora en las relaciones con Maduro

Mar 08, 2013
Director Cynthia J. Arnson comments on the future of U.S.-Venezuela relations in a post-Chávez era and the likelihood of closer bi-national ties under a Maduro-led administration. (In Spanish)

Latin American Program in the News: Washington y la transición política de Venezuela

Mar 07, 2013
"En un momento de tanta emoción en el país por la muerte de Chávez -algo que une a sus simpatizantes- no habría necesidad de crear enemigos extranjeros", dice Cynthia J. Arnson.

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