Global Governance

Economic Outlook for the MENA Region: A Conversation with the IMF's Dr. Jihad Azour

Countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) continue to face the challenge of generating inclusive and long-lasting growth in the environment of low oil prices, ongoing conflicts, and concerns regarding regional security. For the region’s oil exporters, the challenges are particularly acute, as fiscal consolidation plans must be calibrated and structural reforms designed to diversify away from oil and promote private investment.

Marcus Galvão Addresses Venezuelan Crisis at OAS

Brazilian Deputy Foreign Minister Marcus Galvão addressed the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) on June 20th, and directly expressed Brazil's desire for an end to the crisis in Venezuela and the restoration of the country's democracy. Below is a translation of his remarks, which can be viewed in the original Portuguese here.

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The Turkish Referendum: European and American Responses


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Henri J. Barkey

CANCELLED: A Conversation with H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission

Please note, this event has been CANCELLED due to unforeseen circumstances, as the Chairperson has had to return to the continent. “A Conversation with H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission” will not take place as scheduled on April 20. Please accept the Wilson Center’s sincere apologies for this cancellation and the inconvenience it represents. We appreciate your continued interest and we hope to engage you in further discussions regarding the critical issues facing Africa and U.S.-Africa relations.

Turkey Will Never Be the Same After This Vote

On April 16, Turkish voters will be casting votes in the most consequential referendum of modern Turkish history. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) are urging Turks to vote “yes” to constitutional changes that will change Turkey from a parliamentary system to a presidential one.

Crimea As a Glimpse into a Post-American World

One explanation for Russia’s president Vladimir Putin’s momentous decision, three years ago, to go into Ukraine and annex Crimea is that he sensed an opening. (March 18, 2014, is the date officially considered the day of admission of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol to the Russian Federation.)