Democracy

The Authoritarian Belt in Europe’s East

With the fall of the Eastern bloc and the Soviet Union (1989–91), Eastern Europe, a huge region extending from the Northern Ocean to the Bosporus and from the Ural Mountains to the Adriatic Sea, became the scene of dramatic political and socioeconomic change. A sense of optimism prevailed among observers, coloring interpretations of the diverse events unfolding in each society and across the region as a whole since 1989.

New Political Movements and Political Parties Join Forces to Launch Candidates in 2018 Elections

As the campaign season begins to take shape in Brazil, several of the new political movements have aligned with political parties to launch candidates for office. Brazil’s electoral laws prohibit independent candidates. As a result, the political and social movements that have coalesced over the past four years in Brazil, galvanized by the political crisis, must join the party system they have so frequently critiqued in order to gain a seat at the table and work toward the changes they advocate.

In Wake of Councilwoman's Murder, Black Brazilians Seek Political Voice

When black Brazilian filmmaker Anderson Quack and rapper Nega Gizza launched their bids to run for office in October’s elections, the absence of a murdered colleague cast a long shadow over the event in an impoverished district of Rio de Janeiro.

Rising political star Marielle Franco, a black Rio councilwoman, had been instrumental in bringing the two candidates under the banner of her Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL), but did not live to see them start their campaigns.

Putin’s Foreign Policy and the Instruments of Chastisement

The third inauguration of Russian president Vladimir Putin, in May 2012, was a magnificent affair. As the impressive motorcade of the newly reelected autocrat sped through the empty streets of the capital, not a single passerby was in view, all having been banned from the public streets and squares along the route. The majestic and lonely procession stood in stark contrast to the cheering crowds that attended President Obama’s second inauguration a few months later—or that of most democratically elected leaders.

Russia’s War on Telegram and What It Tells Us about Russian Politics

Almost three weeks have passed since a Moscow court ruled that Telegram—an encrypted messaging app created by Pavel Durov, of VKontakte fame—must be banned in Russia for failing to cooperate with the Federal Security Service, or FSB (so-called “information distributors” are legally required to make user data available to the authorities, according to a 2014 law).

Mexican Presidential Candidate Series: A Conversation with Carlos Manuel Urzúa Macías

The Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute and the Atlantic Council's Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center are pleased to invite you to a conversation with Dr. Carlos Manuel Urzúa Macías on fiscal policy and economic development in Mexico. This event is the fourth in our 2018 election series featuring advisers to Mexico's top presidential candidates.

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