Governance

The Ever-Shrinking World of Russian Politics

Vladimir Putin’s initial appointments since his reelection have produced few surprises. Many of the old guard remain in place, most notably Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Meanwhile, the “new” faces include Alexei Kudrin as head of the Audit Chamber. Kudrin, of course, is not new at all, having previously served for more than a decade as finance minister.

Future Leaders of Russia?

BY FABIAN BURKHARDT

Pakistan's Institutions: We Know They Matter, But How Can They Work Better?

Back in 2012, a Pakistani professor named Farakh A. Khan issued a dire warning about the state of his country’s public institutions.

“Pakistan suffers from institutional failure,” he declared in an essay published about a year before his death. “Failed institutions are unable to correct the problems faced by the society and eventually lead to economic failure…If our leaders are sincere for change in Pakistan then they have to first get the institutions working again. But do they know how or have the will to do it?”

Perspectives on the Future of Greenland

 

Greenland is a dynamic, natural land whose people enjoy a rich and diverse culture. It also has a long history of adapting to social, political, economic, and physical change that is just now capturing widespread international attention. In 1979, Greenland secured home rule status from Denmark, and since 2009, has functioned under a self-rule arrangement. Today, many in Greenland are exploring pathways to full independence.

Europe and the EU: Headlines and Trend Lines

From an increasingly assertive Russia and uncertainty over Brexit, to the political turmoil resulting from Italy’s most recent election and maintenance of the transatlantic partnership, Europe and the EU face a range of internal and external challenges. Baroness Catherine Ashton, Chair of the Wilson Center’s Global Europe Program, shares her thoughts on sorting through the headlines while keeping an eye on trend lines in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

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Malaysian Miracle

It is a drama worthy of Shakespeare but with geopolitical consequences for an entire region. In the recent Malaysian elections, the voters brought an end to 61 years of unbroken rule by the Barisan Nasional party dominated by its ethnic Malay component, UMNO. The long-time Prime Minister, Najib Razak, called elections supremely confident that a proven formula of money politics, thinly veiled racist appeals, a controlled press, and extreme gerrymandering of electoral districts would return him to power against a fractured and demoralized opposition.

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