Democracy Promotion

The Middle East: A Region in Chaos?

Last December, the Wilson Center and the U.S. Institute of Peace co-sponsored an event on turmoil across the Middle East with four experienced analysts and practitioners. We agreed to gather again a half-year later to review our observations and conclusions.

Interview with Tabata Amaral de Pontes, co-founder of Movimento Acredito

The following conversation has been condensed and edited for clarity. The views and opinions expressed below are the interviewee's own, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Brazil Institute or the Wilson Center.

The Irreplaceable Asma Jehangir

Back in November 2005, the Woodrow Wilson Center hosted a talk by Asma Jehangir, Pakistan’s most prominent human rights activist. Those of us in the audience that day could not have known how prophetic her words would be.

Jehangir, who died on February 11, warned that until Pakistan’s powerful military “recedes,” the country will not become a more moderate or tolerant place. She made a bold declaration: For Pakistan to truly prosper, it must “demilitarize.”

Call for Applications: 2018 Ion Ratiu Democracy Fellowship

Building on the accomplishments of the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award (2005-2016), the Ion Ratiu Democracy Fellowship (IRDF) aims to support individuals around the world who are working on behalf of democracy as activists or intellectuals, whether they are in exile from repressive regimes or operating within emerging democracies.

Why Wilson Matters: The Origin of American Liberal Internationalism and its Crisis Today

The liberal internationalist tradition is credited with America's greatest triumphs as a world power―and also its biggest failures. Beginning in the 1940s, imbued with the spirit of Woodrow Wilson’s efforts at the League of Nations to "make the world safe for democracy," the United States steered a course in world affairs that would eventually win the Cold War. Yet in the 1990s, Wilsonianism turned imperialist, contributing directly to the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the continued failures of American foreign policy.

Afghanistan's Summer of Violence Illustrates Difficulties Trump Administration Will Face

Afghanistan has suffered through a harrowing summer, even by the nightmarish standards of a country convulsed by conflict for decades.

Book Talk: Does Democracy Matter? The United States and Global Democracy Support

Cosponsored by the Foreign Policy Research Institute and Kennan Institute

What Fidel Castro’s Death Won’t Change About Cuba’s Economic Outlook

Fidel Castro’s death has sparked a torrent of questions, including whether President-elect Donald Trump will break with President Barack Obama’s Cuba policy. Mr.

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