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Discussion with Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Ambassador Tibor Nagy

On Tuesday, August 21, 2018, the Wilson Center Africa Program hosted a discussion with Ambassador Tibor Nagy, the newly confirmed Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. The event was an opportunity for the Assistant Secretary to introduce himself to and share his priorities for U.S.-Africa policy with the Africa-engaged community, and for him to hear their viewpoints, interests, and concerns about the current state and the way forward for U.S.-Africa policy and relations.

How U.S. Aid Is Contributing to Anti-Corruption Efforts in Honduras

By Ambassador James Nealon (r) and Kurt Alan Ver Beek, Ph.D.

Kennan Cable No. 35: Institutional Paths to Ending the Donbas Conflict

Ever since the armed conflict in Donbas started in 2014, Washington and Kyiv have seen its resolution through the prism of altering Russia’s behavior in the region. As Kurt Volker, the U.S.

Fiscal Issues - Brazil 2018 Understanding the Issues

One of the most important issues in the 2018 elections is Brazil’s worrisome fiscal condition. At a basic level, Brazil’s fiscal challenge stems from the government’s inability to keep expenditures lower than revenue. This is partially due to a problematic pension system.

Pension Reform, Trade Unions, and the Manipulation of Protest


On June 14, 2018, the Russian government approved a new bill raising the retirement age from 60 to 65 for men and from 55 to 63 for women. According to the main trade union newspaper Solidarnost, the government chose the toughest version of the reform suggested by the Ministry of Finance. The more moderate versions proposed by the Ministry of Labor implied an increase in the pension age to 65 or 62 for men and to 62 or 60 for women.

Taxes and Trust: From Coercion to Compliance in Poland, Russia, and Ukraine

Taxes and Trust is the first book on taxes to focus on trust and the first work of social science to concentrate on how tax policy actually gets implemented on the ground in Poland, Russia and Ukraine. It highlights the nuances of the transitional Ukraine case and explains precisely how and why that 'borderland' country differs from the more ideal-types of coercive Russia and compliance-oriented Poland.