Democratic Transition News

Latin American Program in the News: Assessing U.S.-Venezuela Relations After Very Close Election Favors Maduro

Apr 16, 2013
Cynthia Arnson discusses the elections in Venezuela with Ray Suarez, PBS Newshour, and Marc Weisbrot, Center for Economic and Policy Research.

Latin American Program in the News: Venezuelan special election still puts Capriles against ghost of Chavez

Apr 16, 2013
The Latin American Program's associate director, Eric Olson, speaks with Rob Sach about the election and the future of Venezuela.

Latin American Program in the News: Venezuelan Election's Winged Endorsement

Apr 15, 2013
Director Cynthia J. Arnson remarks on the use of references to Chávez by Maduro as a way to shore up support for himself and validate his own legitimacy within chavismo.

Latin American Program in the News: El futuro de las alianzas 'heredadas' por Chávez a Venezuela

Apr 15, 2013
Director Cynthia J. Arnson weighs in on the diplomatic alliances that Venezuela has forged with countries in the Latin America and how certain regional nations are somewhat economically dependent on the continuation of Chávez's leftwing policies in Venezuela. (In Spanish)

Latin American Program in the News: The well-greased vote machine Chavez left

Apr 15, 2013
Director Cynthia J. Arnson calls the ruling socialists' get-out-the-vote efforts in Venezuela extremely atypical for a democracy.

Latin American Program in the News: Maduro, con enorme maquinaria de promoción

Apr 15, 2013
Director Cynthia J. Arnson comments on the Chávez/Maduro machine and how State and campaign funds are increasingly becoming conflated, which gives the incumbents an electoral edge. (In Spanish)

Violence Unsettles Tunisia’s Democratic Transition

Apr 12, 2013
Tunisia’s transition to democracy is seriously threatened by violence following the assassination of a prominent leftist politician in February, according to a new paper by David Ottaway. The killing of Chokri Belaid triggered a showdown between the moderate and fundamentalist wings of the Islamist Ennahda Party, which rules in coalition with two secular parties.

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.

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