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A Conversation with the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere

Latin America has leapfrogged to the top of the U.S. foreign policy agenda in recent months, with protests erupting in Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador and Colombia; persistent migration from Central America; security challenges in Mexico; and a political and economic crisis in Venezuela with significant effects on its neighbors. In Congress, lawmakers from both parties have taken leading roles in addressing U.S.

Show Trials in the Information Age

This article was originally published for Riddle.


Asset Recovery of Grand Corruption: Lessons from Romania

This event is co-sponsored by the Wilson Center's Rule of Law Initiative.

Romania continues to confront major hurdles in its struggle against deep-rooted, longstanding corruption.  In July 2019, for example, the Romanian parliament significantly weakened the country’s anti-money laundering laws, thereby making it easier to legalize the proceeds from corruption and other criminal activities.  Judge Camelia Bogdan will assess the main barriers to reforming Romania’s anti-money laundering legislation and fighting corruption in Romania.

Russia’s Born-Again Citizens and Their Discontents


The year 2019 saw numerous signs of Russian society awakening from its post-annexation-of-Crimea slumber. Young people were at the forefront of this past year’s wave of political protests in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, and Yekaterinburg. Many of those in their twenties feel that Putin’s regime is stealing their future and has gone too far in invading their freedoms.

Russian Society and Foreign Policy: Mass and Elite Orientations after Crimea

Most Russians agree with the official narrative that Russia has re-emerged as a great power under Vladimir Putin, particularly with the annexation of Crimea. However, many Russians are unwilling to bear the economic burden of escalating tensions with the West, evidenced by the declining “Crimea bump” in Putin’s popularity and growing dissatisfaction with a stagnating or falling standard of living.

Afghanistan’s Silent Tragedy

Last week, the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan marked its 18-year anniversary. U.S. forces have now been fighting there for nearly two decades.

Afghans, however, have experienced conflict for twice as long. Before U.S. troops arrived in October 2001, there was a period of Taliban rule, and that was preceded by civil war. And before that, in the 1980s, there was the Soviet occupation.

Russia's Crackdown Only Mobilizes Communities and Professional Groups


Russia’s censorship agency, Roskomnadzor, has been trying to block a popular messaging app, Telegram, for a year and a half now. The agency’s head, Alexander Zharov, recently compared his struggles with Telegram’s engineers to a “fight between a projectile and an armor,” and with good reason: the agency has been unable to come up with a technology strong enough to pierce Telegram’s security “armor.” It is interesting, in this respect, that a state agency sees itself as an attacking force, not as a defense and security body.

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This event is co-sponsored by the Wilson Center's Rule of Law Initiative