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2018 Election Series: Incoming Brazilian Governors


Putin’s System: Why It is Stable and Why It Will Fail Anyway

Faced with the apparent paradox of Putin’s high level of support in the face of decreasing quality of life, many experts resort to clichés, citing the Russian citizen’s predilection for authoritarianism or apathy towards freedom. Leonid Gozman argued that this popular support has perfectly rational explanations, and how, nonetheless, the symptoms of the regime’s ultimate collapse are inherent to the system and already visible today.

This event was in Russian with English translation.


2018 Brazilian Presidential Election Results

Thinking Toward Transition in Tajikistan

While many regional observers have long discussed transition in Kazakhstan, where 78-year-old President Nursultan Nazarbayev (who has ruled since 1989) seems to be thinking about succession, further south in Tajikistan transition has also become the talk of the town. President Emomali Rahmon turned 66 years old on October 5. The former collective farm boss has proven remarkably resilient since coming to power at the height of the country’s civil war in November 1992.

Summary of "Correndo Riscos" (Running Risks) by Sergio Fausto, orginally published in Piauí

Sergio Fausto is a political scientist and Executive-Director of the Fernando Henrique Cardoso Foundation. In “Correndo Riscos” he explains that the use and manipulation of fear by Bolsonaro’s campaign may aid his election, but will no longer serve him when it comes time to govern a country with such urgent challenges. To read the full article (in Portuguese) click here. The following is an English-language summary of Fausto’s article and reflects his opinions.

Event Summary: Will Brazil Go Right or Left?

"The party structure in Brazil, the political system that was already exhausted, basically imploded, and we have to figure out how to move forward with the remnants of that." - Paulo Sotero

How Brazil's Economic and Political Realities Will Shape the Plans of the Bolsonaro Administration

On Tuesday, November 13th, the Brazil Institute hosted a half-day conference on what Brazil’s undeniable economic and political realities mean for President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, his administration, and the country.

Brazilian Elections: Second-Round Results and U.S.-Brazil Relations Under a New Administration

Join the Wilson Center's Brazil Institute and the Brazil-U.S. Business Council in a roundtable discussion about the second-round results of the Brazilian elections. The roundtable will bring together D.C. stakeholders, opinion makers from universities and think tanks, government representatives, and the business community from both Brazil and the United States to discuss Brazil's economic and political outlook under a new administration, priorities of the bilateral agenda, and productive ways of deepening the dialogue between the incoming government and the U.S.

Changing Cultures in Congress: From Fair Play to Power Plays

The United States Congress has been described as dysfunctional, gridlocked, polarized, hyperpartisan, chaotic, and do-nothing. In Changing Cultures in Congress, congressional scholar Donald R. Wolfensberger explains the institutional dynamics behind Congress’s devolution from a respected legislative institution to a body plagued by a win-at-any-cost mentality and a culture of perpetual campaigning.