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Honduras and the Inter-American System: One Year After

One year after internationally-monitored elections in Honduras, the international community remains divided over the legitimacy of the 2009 presidential elections and recognition of the Porfirio Lobo government.

Wilson Center Convenes Broad Bipartisan Coalition Crafting New Global Engagement Organization

On Monday, December 13, the Wilson Center will convene a large, bipartisan coalition that is drafting a business plan for a new independent organization for public diplomacy and strategic communications. The effort is part of the Center's Strengthening America's Global Engagement (SAGE), Initiative launched in September to act on the recommendation of more than a dozen major studies conducted since 9/11 to form such an organization. The business plan will determine in detail the mission, structure, programs, target markets, and budget of the organization.

'Latin America in 2010: Opportunities, Challenges and the Future of the U.S. Policy in the Hemisphere': Dr Cynthia Arnson Testifies before the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Latin American Program Director Cynthia Arnson testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere at the December 1 hearing "Latin America in 2010: Opportunities, Challenges and the Future of the U.S. Policy in the Hemisphere." Her prepared remarks are here.

Mr. Chairman and Members of the Subcommittee:

Mexico's Democratic Challenges: Politics, Government and Society

11:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. Welcoming Remarks and Overview of the Book
Jacqueline Peschard, President, Federal Institute for Access to Information;Andrew Selee, Director, Mexico Institute

11:30 a.m.- 12:45 p.m. Keynote Speaker
José Woldenberg, former President of Mexico's Federal Electoral Institute and Editor of NEXOS
Presented by:
Lázaro Cárdenas, former Governor of Michoacán and Senior Fellow, WOLA

Lunch Served

1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Roundtable: Where is Mexico's Democracy Today?

Offsite Event: Democratic Setbacks in Nicaragua: A Conversation with Carlos Fernando Chamorro

This event took place at the Open Society Foundations, 1730 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 7th Floor Conference Room A, Washington, D.C. 20006.

Carlos Fernando Chamorro, Founder and Editor of Confidencial, discusses Nicaragua's state affairs and eroding democracy following Nicaragua's Supreme Court decision to allow President Daniel Ortega to run for consecutive re-election.

Orange Revolution and Aftermath: Mobilization, Apathy, and the State in Ukraine

In 2004, hundreds of thousands of Ukranian protestors mobilized in the streets of Kyiv against authoritarian rulers who had clearly falsified the Fall elections. The size and efficacy of the Orange Revolution, as the protest became known, surprised political observers—and even the participants themselves. In the aftermath, many observers concluded that civil society, long thought dead in Ukraine, was alive and well.

Guatemala: A Post-Elections Assessment and Future Challenges

With none of the candidates in last Sunday’s Guatemalan presidential elections receiving the required 50 percent of the vote, the top two candidates are headed for a runoff election scheduled for November 6.  Former general Otto Pérez Molina of the right-of-center Patriot Party, who had been favored to come out ahead, secured just 36 percent of the votes, while business man Manuel Baldizón came in second with 23 percent.  A distinguished panel of experts will join us to dis

2008 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture Recipient Eleonora Cercavschi Honored with the Highest Moldovan Distinction - Order of the Republic

Mrs. Eleonora Cercavschi, recipient of the 2008 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture Award, was honored with the Order of the Republic (Ordinul Republicii) - the highest Moldovan distinction presented by the country's President.

The 2009 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture Democracy: Traps and Question Marks by Adam Michnik Featured in International Media

Adam Michnik, Editor-in-Chief of Poland's daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza and recipient of the 2009 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, was featured in a number of distinguished press publications. Michnik's speech Democracy: Traps and Question Marks marked the 5th annual Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture, which took place at the Wilson Center on December 3, 2009. His address was preceded by a brief introduction by The Honorable Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Advisor to President Carter.

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