Democracy Promotion

Corruption, A Central Issue in the Campaigns

Mexico’s political elite has been roiled in recent months by a succession of corruption and conflict of interest scandals. The “Casa Blanca” scandal involving the First Lady, Angélica Rivera, followed closely by similar incidents involving the Finance Minister, the President himself, one of his closest advisors, and most recently the head of the CONAGUA (the national water commission), have all raised public awareness and criticism of the prevalence of graft within the Mexican political system.

Amid Crisis, Rousseff Seeks Closer Ties with U.S.

The Huffington Post, 4/17/2015

Confronted by calls for her impeachment in street protests fueled by a deteriorating economy and a deepening investigation on massive corruption at state oil giant Petrobras, a weakened President Dilma Rousseff sees improving relations with the United States as part of the solution to Brazil's and her own mounting challenges.

2015 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award: Call for Nominations

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars welcomes nominations for the 2015 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award. The purpose of the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award (IRDA) is to bring visibility and international recognition to the ideas, ideals and accomplishments of individuals around the world who are working on behalf of democracy. The event expresses the deep commitment to democracy of the late Ion Ratiu through his contributions as a Romanian politician as well as his interest in democratic change worldwide.

A Conversation with Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete

After two terms, Jakaya Kikwete will conclude his time as President of Tanzania later this year. He visited the Wilson Center for a conversation that included reflection on his time in office, thoughts on Tanzania’s progress and challenges, and that also provided a preview of his post-presidency plans. That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.

His Excellency Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of Tanzania
Andrew Selee, Executive Vice President, Wilson Center
Monde Muyagwa, Director, Africa Program, Wilson Center

Ordinary Opinions of Everyday Mexicans: Polling from the 1940s-2012


Democratizing Mexican Politics, 1982-2012


The 2015 Election

For the latest polling numbers, analysis and opinion on the 2015 elections, please visit The Mexico Institute's 2015 Elections Guide will be updated daily and will provide a one-stop shop for English language information on the vote.


"Were You Mistreated?": Interrogation in Mexico

This infographic charts data gathered from a survey conducted by Roberto Hernandez that asks Mexican prison inmates in the State of Mexico and DF if they were mistreated during their interrogations.

For a larger version of the infographic, click here or download the pdf version below.

Who’s Afraid of the Fact-Checker?

The practice of fact-checking politicians’ claims has grown from its initial use by a small group of American journalists to an international movement in journalism with new fact-checking ventures emerging in countries around the globe. Why has fact-checking become such an important part of journalism? How do politicians react to being corrected? How effective are fact-checkers in holding power to account?