Event Summary: Testing the Resilience of Brazil's Democracy

The last five years have exposed the fragilities of Brazil’s democracy, amidst widespread corruption investigations, growing polarization, and deep economic uncertainty. The election of far-right populist Jair Bolsonaro to the presidency in October 2018 further exacerbated divisions, underscoring difficult questions about the quality and long-term sustainability of the country’s political system, built on the Constitution of 1988.

Ground Truth Briefing | What to Make of India's Election Results?

Over a six-week period that concluded on May 19, India—the world’s largest democracy, a rising global power, and an important U.S. partner—held national elections. This Ground Truth Briefing will assess the election results and their implications for India, America, and the world.

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Values and U.S. Policy Toward the Indo-Pacific

In recent weeks, the Trump administration has sought to address the role that values and norms should play in its foreign policy generally, and in the U.S. strategy toward the Indo-Pacific specifically. This is a reflection of a long-standing debate in American foreign policy, going back to the founding of the nation itself, but the arguments made by top U.S. officials are worth considering.

From TV Sitcom to Reality: Ukraine Elects Volodymyr Zelenskiy

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we discuss the latest from Ukraine post-election. Matthew Rojansky, the Director of the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute, provides analysis on President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy, an actor, comedian and political satirist, who won a compelling 73% of the vote throughout the nation.



Democracy Tested

Pew Research Center published a study that measures the functioning of democracy. The study considers 30,133 participants in 27 countries, including Mexico, between May and August 2018.

Globally, 51 percent of the respondents are dissatisfied with democracy, compared to the 45 percent who are happy with it. Among the best-evaluated nations are Sweden, The Netherlands, South Korea, and Australia while in Spain, Greece, Japan, South Africa, Brazil, and Mexico, most are unhappy. Our USMCA trading partners contrast: (Canada 61% satisfied) and the United States (58% dissatisfied).

Israeli Election: What’s Next?

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we discuss the recent Israeli election results and the implications for that nation’s relationship with the U.S. and the broader Middle East with Aaron David Miller, Distinguished Scholar at the Wilson Center.


What to Expect from Ukraine’s Next President

On April 21, Ukrainians elected a new president. He is Volodymyr Zelenskiy, an actor, comedian and political satirist, who won by a compelling margin of nearly three to one (73 percent of all votes cast and majorities in every region of the country but one). When his five year term begins next month, Zelenskiy will lead Europe's largest state by territory, a country divided by war with neighboring Russia and weary of corruption, but also wary of both external and internal "change" that could make an already difficult situation even worse. 

Voting in Russia: A Regional Analysis

In the September 2018 gubernatorial elections, several regions throughout Russia rejected pro-Kremlin candidates. In fact, Russia’s regions appear to have grown increasingly dissatisfied with a number of federal policies and increasing economic stagnation. The latest statistical analysis offers insights into which factors might hinder or contribute to the election of pro-Kremlin candidates in the regions and tools to forecast future voting patterns outside the capital.

Ukrainian Election: What Russians Saw


Even as the Kremlin seems to be taking a wait-and-see approach toward Ukraine’s president-elect, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Russia’s independent observers and intellectuals are reflecting on Ukraine’s choice and Russia’s politics.