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UK Elections 2015: David Cameron’s Big Win

Now that the dust has settled on what many have characterized as a surprisingly big win for David Cameron and his party, we asked Global Fellow Michael Geary to provide analysis of the UK elections. He discusses the outcome and implications for Scotland and the European Union with Wilson Center NOW host, John Milewski.  

Intrepid Autonomy

How are the high-speed train to Querétaro and the brand new National Electoral Institute (INE) alike? Unfortunately, the similarity is less altruistic than is desirable. Some months ago, the Secretary of Communications went to Congress to defend the high-speed Querétaro train project, but as soon as he arrived at his office, he turned on his heel and announced that the project was suspended. The order had been issued from the top.

Saudi Arabia's Yemen War Unravels

Riyadh—Saudi Arabia's plunge into the civil war next door in Yemen to keep Iranian-backed factions from taking over is hugely popular at home right now, and the general public mood is decidedly hawkish. But after more than five weeks of a daily bombing campaign, some Saudis are beginning to wonder privately whether the declared goal of restoring their ousted allies to power is a step too far.

Mexico's Midterm Elections and the Peña Nieto Administration

The Wilson Center's Mexico Institute was pleased to host an event on Mexico's 2015 midterm elections. On June 7, 2015, more than 86 million Mexicans will have the opportunity to elect 500 federal deputies, 17 state-level legislatures, 9 governors, and more than 300 mayors. This new cohort of legislators will replace the group that approved the major reforms proposed by President Enrique Peña Nieto during the first year of his administration.

Public Opinion and the Peace Process in Colombia

 

Since the beginning of the peace process between the government of President Juan Manuel Santos and guerillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), public opinion polls have consistently reflected two impulses.  While the majority of the Colombian public supports the talks, there is also deep skepticism of the FARC’s interest in reaching or abiding by the terms of a final accord. The distrust has only deepened in the wake of a recent FARC attack that killed 11 soldiers, contravening a unilateral cease-fire declared by the guerrillas. 

Serving the Largest Immigrant Population in the U.S.

The Mexican immigrant population is the largest in the United States. Meeting its needs is no small task and involves the largest and most intricate network of consulates on the planet.  To better understand the challenge, we spoke with Ambassador Alejandro Estivill about the role of the Mexican Embassy and the range of services available. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW

The Estonia Model: A Conversation With President Toomas Hendrik Ilves on a Free and Secure Internet

The Republic of Estonia built a new government from the ground up, resulting in the world's most comprehensive and efficient “e-government.” Citizens are empowered by a free nationwide Wi-Fi network and a school program that boosts tech competence at every age level. But being an early adopter also has its risks. In 2007, Estonia was one of the first victims of a large-scale cyberattack that mostly targeted government websites and financial services. The attack provided the country's security experts with valuable experience and information in dealing with such incidents.

Governability: What For?

During his exile in Paris, Porfirio Díaz stated that “governing Mexicans is more difficult than herding turkeys while riding on horseback”. He must have known something about that after nearly thirty years of trying to do so. However, the fact that he lasted so long and the way that his administration ended is suggestive of the country’s problem that is yet to be resolved.

Is Bashar al-Assad Finished, for Real, This Time, Again?

The rumors and assessments are flying. Analysts and experts are starting to wonder whether recent rebel gains in the north of Syria don’t constitute some potential tipping point that could signal a fundamental weakening of the regime. Is Bashar al-Assad on his way out?

Promoting Peace and Prosperity in Honduras: A Conversation with His Excellency Juan Orlando Hernández, President of the Republic of Honduras

Honduras is one of three Northern Triangle Countries in Central America that has experienced significant challenges in recent years. In response to the 2014 crisis of child migration, Honduras has joined with its neighbors to develop a forward-looking plan to address the economic and security needs that are motivating migration.

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