Society and Culture News

Latin American Program in the News: Colombia’s BACRIM: On the Road to Extinction?

Apr 11, 2013
InSight Crime covers a new report by Daniel Rico on the decline of Colombia's organized crime and drug-trafficking groups, Bacrim.

Latin American Program in the News: Admite Costa Rica que capos de México y Colombia usan su territorio

Apr 11, 2013
The Latin America Program's event, "The Transnational Nature of Organized Crime in the Americas” was discussed in this article about Mexican and Colombian cartels entering Costa Rica. (In Spanish)

Latin American Program in the News: As Colombian Drug Gangs Collapse, Mexican Cartels Get Tons of Cheap Coke

Apr 11, 2013
This article covers a working brief by Daniel Rico on the weakening of the Colombian organized crime and drug-trafficking groups, Bacrim, and the transfer of power to Mexican cartels.

Latin American Program in the News: Santos gana el Premio Wilson al servicio público

Mar 14, 2013
The Woodrow Wilson Center announces Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos as the winner of the Wilson Award for Public Service.

Latin American Program in the News: Colombia's Santos wins coveted Woodrow Wilson Award

Mar 14, 2013
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos wins the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service.

Latin American Program in the News: Santos será Premiado por el Centro Wilson en EE. UU.

Mar 13, 2013
The Woodrow Wilson Center selects Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos as the winner of the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service.

East European Studies Junior Scholars' Training Seminar

Mar 05, 2013
The European Studies program is now accepting applications for its Junior Scholars' Training Seminar - a scholarship opportunity for graduate students (MA and above) working towards a degree in the social sciences and humanities with a regional focus on Central and Eastern Europe, including the Baltic states. The application deadline is April 30, 2013.

Police Reform in Mexico: Can Trust and Security be Achieved?

Feb 21, 2013
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has announced widespread changes to Mexico’s federal security forces. As these changes begin to take shape, we spoke with two of Mexico’s leading experts on police reform to discuss the current state of reform efforts and the issues that the Peña Nieto government must address.

Culture Shutdown? A Plea for Museums, Galleries, and Libraries in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Jan 31, 2013
"... in a matter of weeks or months, seven of Bosnia’s top national cultural institutions were likely to close their doors," wrote Susan C. Pearce, an East European Studies Title VIII-supported scholar, in an article discussing the challenges that historical preservation institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina face today.

In 2013, Rise of the Right in Elections Across the Mideast

Jan 03, 2013
In 2013, millions of Israelis, Iranians, and Arabs will vote in at least 10 pivotal elections that will, in turn, address basic issues facing the Middle East. These countries have vast political, religious, ethnic, and economic differences. But most confront a common trend—the rise of the right or the religious right—that will influence elections as well as policies both at home and in the broader region.

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