Governance

Book Launch: “The Oxford Handbook of Nigerian Politics”

With the largest population and economy in Africa, Nigeria has an outsized impact on the continent. On the eve of Nigeria’s presidential election on February 16, many questions remain about how the next president will address some of the greatest challenges and opportunities facing the country today. Despite Nigeria’s vibrant society and economic importance, severe income inequality, corruption, separatism, and armed insurgencies—including the nearly decade-long Boko Haram insurgency—have proven to be intractable problems.

Warzone Conservation in Afghanistan: A Conversation with Alex Dehgan

Alex Dehgan arrived in postwar Afghanistan in 2006 with the mission of protecting Afghanistan’s distinctive yet threatened environment. An evolutionary biologist and lawyer working for the Wildlife Conservation Society, Dehgan’s efforts were central to the creation of the first Afghanistan National Park Program.

Event Recap: Islamic Law, the Nation State, and the Case of Pakistan

In recent decades, ambivalence toward modernity, along with the promise of justice and morality, have led to efforts in some Muslim-majority countries to partially “Islamize” the state. Pakistan presents an important case study. Pakistan’s Islamization program in the 1970s and 1980s promised increased justice and other public goods by virtue of laws purportedly rooted in revelation. This program has resulted in some controversial outcomes, such as Pakistan’s blasphemy law.

The Greenland Dialogues: Independence Movement Update

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we discuss where Greenland stands in its push for independence from the Kingdom of Denmark as part of the ongoing “Greenland Dialogues,” convened by the Wilson Center’s Polar Institute. Vittus Qujaukitsoq, Minister of Finance and Nordic Cooperation, and Mike Sfraga, Director of the Polar Institute, discuss that Arctic nation’s economic and political path forward.

 

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AfPak File Podcast: The Precarious State Of Civil Society In Pakistan

In recent weeks, new pressures have been placed on Pakistan's once-vibrant civil society.

The government expelled 18 international NGOs and placed new restrictions on the leaders of the Pashtun Tahfuz Movement (PTM), a civil rights initiative. Pakistani authorities even called on journalists to make their reporting “more positive” in a media environment reeling from censorship.

Get to Know the Ministers of the Bolsonaro Administration

From the onset of his campaign, President Bolsonaro asserted that he intended to cut the number of ministries in half, in an effort to de-bureaucratize Brazil and reduce government spending. The Temer government had 29 organs with ministerial status. Despite his initial promise to hold the number of ministries to 15, Bolsonaro named 22 ministers to his cabinet.

Bolsonaro Administration Now Faces Challenge of Governing Brazil

Editor's note: an earlier version of this article was distributed at the G20 held in Argentina in November 2018, in the G20 Leaders Global Communique.

Kujenga Amani Podcast: Dr. Monde Muyangwa Discusses Peacebuilding and Security in Africa in this New Episode!

Dr. Monde Muyangwa joined Mr. Mwangi Thuita of the African Peacebuilding Network (APN) of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) for Kujenga Amani, a podcast series that provides listeners with informative commentary by scholars, practitioners, and policymakers working in the field of African peacebuilding. 

Don't Give Up on Honduras

By Kurt Alan Ver Beek and James D. Nealon

Cutting aid won’t keep migrants from leaving Honduras, and would threaten fragile and hard-won progress in the region

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