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Frustrated Democracy in Post-Soviet Azerbaijan

Frustrated Democracy in Post-Soviet Azerbaijan tells how a newly independent oil-rich former Soviet republic adopted at first a Western model of democratic government but turned toward a corrupt authoritarianism.

2014 Ratiu Award Winner Profiled in the New Yorker

Winner of the 2014 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, Mustafa Nayyem, is profiled in the September 5, 2016 issue of The New Yorker in an article about his transition from journalism to politics in Ukraine. Nayyem is credited for having made the social media post that helped spur thousands of protestors to gather in Maidan Square.

How a Mining Disaster is Helping to Overhaul Impunity in Brazil

On November 5, 2015, a tailing dam in the state of Minas Gerais (in the southeast of Brazil) ruptured. It released an estimated fifty million tons of iron ore waste into neighboring areas. It has quickly become the country’s worst environmental disaster.

Tsai Ing-wen Becomes Taiwan’s First Female President

Women in Public Service Project Director, Gwen Young, discusses the significance of Tsai Ing-wen becoming Taiwan’s first female president. 

Relations with Mainland Loom Large for Taiwan’s New President

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen was sworn into office under intense scrutiny from the Mainland. Beijing insists that the new president embrace the “One China” principle and use the “1992 Consensus” as the basis for cross-strait relations. And while there are many important issues that Tsai must address, relations with the Mainland loom large for Taiwan and its new president. International relations scholar Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang provides insight and analysis in this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.



First Female President Takes Office In Taiwan

This interview was originally published at WBUR.

Tension in the Taiwan Strait: Tsai Ing-Wen's Inaugural Address and Beijing's Response

Dr. Tsai Ing-wen was inaugurated as President of Taiwan on May 20, 2016. Beijing has made clear that if she does not embrace the One China principle and invoke the 1992 Consensus as the basis of Cross-Strait relations in her inaugural speech, Mainland-Taiwan relations cannot continue on the constructive path they have followed over the past eight years. Speaking the words Beijing wishes to hear, however, would likely alienate supporters of Tsai’s Democratic Progressive Party and might violate some of her own core beliefs.

Parliamentary Politics and Change in Burma

Back in January 2011, the convening of a new parliament evoked little enthusiasm in the junta-run nation of Burma. Five years later, however, the legislature has arguably become one of the centers of Burma’s post-junta public life. Additionally, the resounding victory of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) in the 2015 elections has rekindled hopes for major democratic transformations. However, Burma’s constitution remains heavily weighted toward the executive branch and provides the Burmese armed forces with key prerogatives.