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Mexico: The Unbearable Cost of Distrust

Trust is at the heart of Mexico’s challenges today. The lubricant of the economic engine, trust enables market exchanges, reduces transaction costs for business, upholds security and peace, and makes institutions and the political system work. Distrust, in turn, creates unnecessary costs, incentivizes negative behaviors, and can become a huge burden for productivity and for growth.

Democracy in Ukraine: A Conversation With 2014 Ion Ratiu Award Winner Mustafa Nayyem

In this feature length edition of Wilson Center NOW, newly elected Member of Parliament, Mustafa Nayyem, shares his thoughts on the state of democracy in Ukraine, the ongoing conflict with Russia, and his transition from journalism to politics.  Nayyem is the 2014 recipient of the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award.

Crossroads or Crisis? The Future of the Mexican Left

Mexican political parties across the spectrum face challenges due to recent security breakdowns, issues of corruption, and a decline in public faith in governance. Though not alone in the process, left-wing parties in Mexico, including the PRD, Partido del Trabajo, and Morena, are going through an important period of change, presenting an opportunity for us to reflect on the future of the Mexican left.

The Mexican State and Transparency

Mexico ranks 103 out of 175 in the Corruption Index. This info-graphic by the Mexico Institute illustrates measures undertaken by the Mexican State to address the challenges of transparency and corruption in the country.

Ukrainian Democracy After the Maidan: Threats and Opportunities

The Global Europe Program is pleased to host the 10th Annual Ion Ratiu Democracy Award Workshop on Ukrainian Democracy After the Maidan featuring keynote remarks the 2014 recipient of the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, Mustafa Nayyem, a journalist, democracy activist and Parliamentarian in Ukraine. 


A Mexican Utopia: The Rule of Law is Possible

The Mexico Institute is pleased to publish a new book by Wilson Center Global Fellow Luis RubioA Mexican Utopia: The Rule of Law is Possible.

Turkey’s Troubled Democracy and Foreign Policy

In the aftermath of the 2013 corruption probes, Fatih University scholar Savaş Genç argues, Turkey has taken a sharp turn towards a new era under the leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Professor Genç will discuss recent political developments, including concerns over the weakening of the rule of law, growing pressure on the judiciary and limits on the freedom of expression under Erdogan’s leadership.