Democracy

Greenland: On the Road to Independence?

The “Greenland Dialogues” is a series of planning meetings, workshops, and public programs convened by the Wilson Center’s Polar Initiative focusing on the future of Greenland. After the inaugural public meeting in the series, we spoke with Inuuteq Holm Olsen, Greenland’s first diplomatic representative to the U.S., about his nation’s possible pathways to full independence as well as its attempts to create economic growth and its important geographic and political position in global affairs.

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Political Participation in Brazil: A Look at Gender

It's Time for the New Generation to Take the Reins in Politics

In Brazil, the generations that are in charge experience difficulty in developing and passing the baton to successors following transparent, agreed-upon rules, whether in the private or public sector. Who has not seen a business collapse after the death of its founder, or a political party that is held hostage by its most influential members, even when they themselves are incarcerated?

It seems that we, as a society, have quite a large problem in building lasting institutions – not least because institutions are, by definition, greater than the individuals that lead them.

Ukraine in the Run-up to Presidential and Parliamentary Elections: Voter Indifference and Nostalgia Compete

BY KATERYNA ODARCHENKO

Ukrainian presidential and parliamentary elections are slated for 2019, and the campaigns should officially start in nine months. However, most potential candidates and political parties have already unofficially launched their campaigns. What does the political landscape look like on the eve of the elections?

Wilson Center Scholar Malu Gatto on Female Representation in Brazilian Legislature

Malu Gatto is currently a Fellow at the History and Public Policy Program at the Wilson Center. She is also a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Political Science of the University of Zurich. Her current research project at the Wilson Center, “Establishing Women in the Anti-Establishment Era,” addresses the question of whether and how women’s political participation and ambition change in times of crises of representation.

Book Launch: The House of Islam: A Global History

Please join us for a look inside The House of Islam, a revelatory exploration of the intricacies of Islam and the inner psyche of the Muslim world, from the bestselling author of The Islamist, Ed Husain:

Mexico Election Preview

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, Mexico Institute director Duncan Wood previews the upcoming general election. He discusses the polling dominance of front-runner Andrés Manuel López Obrador and talks about other things to look for when Mexicans go to the polls on July 1.

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Secularism and India’s Electoral Democracy

On the eve of India’s first general elections in 1951, the first to be held in free India, and on the basis of a universal adult franchise, Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, former minister in Jawaharlal Nehru’s government and former president of the right-wing Hindu Mahasabha, extolled the virtues of a multiparty democracy, and urged the formation of a new “national political party with faith in India’s culture and traditions.” Mukherjee would go on to found the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, predecessor of today’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

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