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Assessing the First Six Months of the Bolsonaro Administration in Brazil

On July 1, exactly six months after Bolsonaro’s inauguration, the Brazil Institute held a discussion with Maurício Moura and other experts on the Brazilian government’s performance in the first semester of 2019. The event also served to celebrate the release of A eleição disruptiva: Por que Bolsonaro venceu (The Disruptive Election: Why Bolsonaro Won), in which Maurício Moura and Juliano Corbellini examine how a relatively unimportant, far-right congressman came to be president of Brazil, and what that means for the government and its agenda.

A Strategic Plan for the Arctic Council: Recommendations for Moving Forward

For the first time since its creation in 1996, the Arctic Council failed to reach agreement on a Ministerial Declaration when it met in Rovaniemi earlier this month. Such Declarations signed at each past Ministerial meeting have served to highlight the Council’s programs and projects over the prior two years and to chart new work that the Council would undertake during the next biennium.

The Arctic in World Affairs: Chapters by David Balton

Polar Institute Senior Fellow David Balton authored two chapters in The Arctic in World Affairs: A North Pacific Dialogue on Arctic 2030 and Beyond--Pathways to the Future. Ambassador Balton's two chapters are entitled U.S. National Arctic Policies and Priorities Toward 2030 and Beyond, and The Arctic Fisheries Agreement: Looking to 2030 and Beyond.

Managing Voter Expectations: The Biggest Challenge for Zelenskiy’s Nascent Presidency


Volodymyr Zelenskiy received an unprecedented level of support during Ukraine’s presidential elections. Nothing like it has ever before been seen in the country. But preserving his popularity will be much more difficult than gaining the ballot box win, and he will have to go from zero to sixty to satisfy voters’ expectations the moment his May 20 inauguration is over.

Interview with Júlia Lucy, First-Term District Deputy in Brasília

This interview is also available in Portuguese, following the English version below / A entrevista está disponível em português, sob a versão em inglês.

Iceland and the Arctic: Icelandic Chairmanship of the Arctic Council 2019-2021

Iceland assumed the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council on May 7, 2019, and will lead the international, consensus-driven organization through 2021. Iceland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, will present an overview of the country’s Arctic Council Chairmanship agenda, Arctic policy, national interests, and perspectives on the shared opportunities and challenges facing a region undergoing dramatic change. 

Bolsonaro’s First Hundred Days: A Short and Fractious Honeymoon

Last November at the Wilson Center, Eurasia Group expert Christopher Garman predicted President Jair Bolsonaro would have a “short honeymoon” and encounter a challenging public opinion climate. Garman was right.

Charting Progress: Creating New Marine Protected Areas in Antarctica and the High Seas

How Protecting the Antarctic Marine Life Could Help Save the Blue Planet