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Book Talk: Frustrated Democracy in Post-Soviet Azerbaijan

At a time of declining democracy throughout the world, the case of Azerbaijan reflects a documentable trend toward and then away from democratization. Discussing portions of her new book Frustrated Democracy in Post-Soviet Azerbaijan, Audrey L. Altstadt explored the array of circumstances and individual choices that shaped Azerbaijan's political, economic, and civic life from the rise of the Popular Front to the moves against the political opposition, media, human rights defenders, and "Islamist terrorists."

The Arab World Upended: Arab Spring Inspired Book Tracks the Aftermath of Revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt

David Ottaway, first as a correspondent for the Washington Post and now as a Fellow with the Wilson Center’s Middle East Program, has been fascinated by revolutions and has also been reporting from the region for decades. His just released book, “The Arab World Upended: Revolution and Its Aftermath in Tunisia and Egypt,” provides deep analysis of the forces that inspired the uprisings of the Arab Spring and also assesses the current state of affairs in those countries. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.


Expectations and Challenges for the Trump Administration

A panel of Wilson Center experts gathered to discuss global expectations and challenges facing the Trump Administration in its first hundred days and beyond. Their analysis provides the focus for this edition of REWIND.

Towards a North American Foreign Policy Footprint

Every electoral cycle in the United States or Mexico brings the opportunity to reevaluate the relationship and explore how both nations can improve upon the bilateral agenda given changes in the regional and global context. In the coming months, it is quite likely that crucial issues in the relationship may be revisited in profound ways. This presents both real risks and real opportunities.

What Does the World Expect of President Donald Trump: The First 100 Days

The Takeaways


The first 100 days in office are considered a benchmark to measure the early success of a first-term president.  President Trump has outlined an ambitious set of plans including proposals related to immigration, trade deals, and defense policy. On February 1st, 2017 a distinguished panel of Wilson Center regional experts had a spirited conversation about the foreign policy expectations and challenges confronting the Trump administration.

25 Years of Independence: The Ukrainian Referendum

On December 1, 1991, more than 92 percent of voters in Ukraine approved the Verkhovna Rada’s August Declaration of Independence. Mere days later, the Soviet Union dissolved and an independent Ukraine was born. The aftershocks of these events are still felt 25 years later, as questions of territory, sovereignty, and national identity remain painful and contested. What did the path forward look like in 1991 and how has this vision changed over the course of the intervening decades?

Looking Toward 2017: Prospects for Brazil-U.S Relations and the Domestic Political Outlook for Brazil

The upcoming change of administration in the United States and the ongoing political and economic crisis in Brazil have raised new questions about the future direction of domestic and bilateral relations, but also offer new opportunities for engagement. In recent years, the Brazil-U.S. relationship, although cordial, has remained superficial despite their many common interests and occasional public statements in favor of increasing cooperation.

Uzbekistan at a Crossroads

The death of Uzbekistan’s authoritarian president, Islam Karimov, 78, on September 3 marked the end of an era. Karimov was one of only two remaining Central Asian leaders whose rule began during the Soviet period.

Book Launch—Bangladesh: A Political History Since Independence

Bangladesh is a country of paradoxes. The eighth most populous country of the world, it has attracted considerable attention from the international media and western policymakers in recent years, often for the wrong reasons: corruption, natural disasters caused by its precarious geographical location, and volatile political situations with several military coups, following its independence from Pakistan in 1971.