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Book Talk: The Politics of Police Reform

The police in the post-Soviet space remain one of the least reformed institutions, despite broader democratic transformations. Erica Marat used her new book to examine the conditions under which a meaningful transformation of the police is likely to succeed, using case studies from Ukraine, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan. The panel discussed policing as a reflection of a complex society bound together by a web of casual interactions and political structures. 

2018 Elections in Brazil


Interview with Tabata Amaral de Pontes, Co-founder of Movimento Acredito

Editor's note (10/9/2018): Tabata Amaral was elected Federal Deputy for São Paulo on October 7, 2018, receiving the sixth highest vote count among the state's representatives. She will take her seat in Brazil's Federal Chamber of Deputies on Feburary 1, 2019.

The following conversation has been condensed and edited for clarity. The views and opinions expressed below are the interviewee's own, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Brazil Institute or the Wilson Center.

2018 Brazilian Elections - Timeline

Forecasting Instability: The Case of the Arab Spring and the Limitations of Socioeconomic Data

All stable countries are alike, but all unstable countries become unstable in their own ways. Not surprisingly, the World Bank’s report on the causes of the Arab Spring noted that standard development indicators failed to predict the outburst of popular anger that catalyzed the unrest and revolutions of 2010 and 2011.

Ukraine Quarterly Digest: April – June 2017

The second quarter of 2017 was rather quiet in Ukraine: good news prevailed over bad. Ukrainians obtained the long-awaited visa-free regime with the most of the EU member states, Kyiv successfully hosted the European song competition Eurovision, and the International Monetary Fund agreed to provide another loan tranche. However, little progress was made in the Donbas negotiations and the peacemaking process, and military crises affected the economy.

Ukraine Four Years after the Euromaidan

It has been four years since the mass protests in Ukraine, which eventually led to regime change, began. People protested against a foreign policy shift to Russia; they were eventually beaten up by the police. As the violence escalated and protesters did not give up, despite sustaining numerous casualties, Yanukovych fled the country, and the regime fell.

Futile Effort, New Maidan, or Neither? October Protests in Kyiv

A new political season has opened. This fact was made abundantly clear to Kyiv residents on October 18, as the police patrol had increased its presence downtown. The reason? Mass protests that started a day earlier near the Ukrainian parliament building.

The Unfinished Business of the 1989 East European Revolutions

Recent developments in Ukraine can be viewed as a third attempt to complete the unfinished business of the 1989 East European revolutions. These revolutions succeeded in Central Europe and the Baltics, but brought mixed results in the Balkans and the former Soviet Republics. Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia remain the only post-Soviet states defying authoritarian tendencies. Dr. Riabchuk examined what could be done to complete the unfinished business of 1989 and strengthen democratic institutions in these former Soviet states.