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Another Mexican Utopia: Building a Merit-Based Society

"My impression from four decades of observing eight Mexican presidents is that when a president assumes office and, above all, when he consolidates his power, he feels that the world owes him a living,” writes Luis Rubio, one of the most respected intellectuals of our country. For the renowned columnist, since the late eighties, the fate of Mexico has depended heavily on the political ability of those who have occupied the presidency.

China vs. Western Values: Xi Jinping’s Ideology Campaign

Ideology is once again playing a major role in U.S.-China relations. Government warnings against the pernicious influence of “Western values” have surged under Xi Jinping. And that concern has influenced policies toward the Internet, traditional media, culture and entertainment, universities, think tanks, and non-governmental organizations. Can China succeed in blocking Western influence? That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND

Excesses and Vacuums

The accusation of supposed acts of corruption has turned into a national sport. No day goes by without the social networks posting photographs of a public official boarding a governmental helicopter or a politician’s wife entering a store in Los Angeles. The phenomenon cuts across the entire political spectrum, but the look is fixedly trained on the federal government. The faults of the Left appear lesser in the logic of the prototypical accuser. Is this an excess or merely a patriotic, therefore democratic, act?

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

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Democratizing Mexican Politics, 1982-2012

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