Governance News

U.S.-Cuba to resume diplomatic relations

Dec 17, 2014
Tom Weber interviews the Latin American Program’s Associate Director, Eric Olson, in a MPR special report on resumed diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba.

Mexican Leader, Facing Protests, Promises to Overhaul Policing

Nov 27, 2014
Associate Program Director Eric Olson is quoted in this article about Mexico's chronic problems with organized crime and proposed justice reforms.

My ‘Rosewater’: 105 dark days in an Iranian prison

Nov 20, 2014
"On the morning I called my mother from my interrogation session to tell her I was being taken to prison, I urged her to be strong. “You be strong,” she replied," writes Haleh Esfandiari.

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.

Save the Date: IFES-WWICS Washington Forum on Korea Friday December 5, 2014

Nov 14, 2014
On Friday, December 5, 2014, the 2014 IFES-WWICS Washington Forum on Korea features discussions on "Marketization, Social Change, and the Impact of the Korean Wave in North Korea", and another panel discussion on the topic "Reporting on North Korea: Challenges, Problems, and Pitfalls".

Media, M.D.

Nov 12, 2014
“The increased media spotlight could affect the government's approach to funding, research, and communication about prevention [of diseases]-- shifts that could potentially impact thousands of lives annually,” writes David Rejeski.

Duncan Wood and Alejandro Hope on Mexico’s drug cartels and ongoing violence

Nov 07, 2014
Director Duncan Wood and Alejandro Hope discuss the ongoing violence and what Mexico is doing to combat the cartels on CCTV America's The Heat.

Daily News on Issues Affecting Africa for November 5, 2014

Nov 05, 2014
Continue reading for a summary of recent news stories relating to some of the most pressing issues on the continent. We draw on a wide range of respected news sources, both from Africa itself and around the world. The themes of today’s In the News post are: whispers of secession in Nigeria, Eskom controversy in South Africa, Tanzania’s low fuel prices, more in Pistorius, business between Malawi, Tanzania, Ghana and South Africa, African leaders in talks in Burkina Faso, and the worsening situation in Sierra Leone.

What’s Behind the Hostility Toward Women in Iran

Oct 27, 2014
"Parliamentarians’ renewed obsession with women’s dress and male-female workplace mixing represents a throwback to the early days of the Islamic revolution, when women who did not observe the Islamic dress code were subject to 70 lashes and when men and women were segregated in university classrooms, buses and elsewhere," writes Haleh Esfandiari.

Why Sending Weapons to Ukraine Would be a Terrible Idea for the US

Oct 27, 2014
"The Ukraine Freedom Support Act grants permission to send Ukraine a variety of weapons, ammunition, and specialized equipment to fill gaps in its current military’s capabilities. But it completely misunderstands what Ukraine needs. And if the US goes down this road, it will be sleepwalking into a proxy conflict with Russia," writes Michael Kofman.

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