The Challenges of the Contemporary Administrative State: Brazil and the United States in Comparative Perspective

Brazil and the United States are both currently in the midst of crises of the administrative state. Although the nature of the crises and their origins differ, there is a great deal to learn from a comparative analysis of both countries during this moment of uncertainty.

Africa Program Director Monde Muyangwa Presents to the Wilson Center Global Advisory Council

News about Africa is often dominated by negativity, especially in terms of conflict, corruption, famine, terrorism, and poor governance. This undue focus on Africa’s challenges often obscures the positive transformation taking place on the continent. On March 29th,  2018, Africa Program Director Monde Muyangwa presented on “Emerging Africa: An Overview of Key Trend Lines,” to the Wilson Center’s Global Advisory Council. The presentation offered an analysis on some of the positive trends and trajectories in Africa’s governance, economic, and security realms.

Putin’s Foreign Policy and the Instruments of Chastisement

The third inauguration of Russian president Vladimir Putin, in May 2012, was a magnificent affair. As the impressive motorcade of the newly reelected autocrat sped through the empty streets of the capital, not a single passerby was in view, all having been banned from the public streets and squares along the route. The majestic and lonely procession stood in stark contrast to the cheering crowds that attended President Obama’s second inauguration a few months later—or that of most democratically elected leaders.

Russia’s War on Telegram and What It Tells Us about Russian Politics

Almost three weeks have passed since a Moscow court ruled that Telegram—an encrypted messaging app created by Pavel Durov, of VKontakte fame—must be banned in Russia for failing to cooperate with the Federal Security Service, or FSB (so-called “information distributors” are legally required to make user data available to the authorities, according to a 2014 law).

**CANCELLED** War, Victory, and Catastrophe: Commemoration in the Soviet Union and Its Successor States

This event has been cancelled due to illness

In discussing Russia’s celebrations of Victory Day, Western media often contrast the state’s militaristic, patriotic displays with grassroots forms of commemoration, which subvert the state’s narrative by focusing on Stalinist terror or the human cost of war. In this talk, Mischa Gabowitsch will show how each commemorative repertoire has historically influenced the other, and how neither could exist alone.

A Conversation with Senator Esteban Bullrich

The province of Buenos Aires is considered the traditional electoral base of Peronism, yet support has been waning in recent years. In 2015, the Cambiemos coalition won the governorship, surprising many domestic and international analysts. During the 2017 mid-terms, Cambiemos won a crucial senatorial election in which Esteban Bullrich defeated former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. The election provided the needed support and political backing to help advance an ambitious reformist agenda led by President Mauricio Macri.

POLICY BRIEF | Governance and Organized Crime in Brazil: Proposal for Interagency Cooperation to Prevent and Repress Corruption through Financial Intelligence

Four years after the Lava Jato corruption scandal first became public, exposing the largest known corruption scheme in Brazil's history, the country is still in the midst of ongoing (and multiplying) investigations. The scale of the problem has exposed Brazil's lack of a cohesive, strategic institutional model for responding to and preventing corruption.

The Peacemakers: Leadership Lessons from Twentieth-Century Statesmanship

In the 20th century, dynamic leaders played vital roles in making the world more peaceful and just. How did they do it? What lessons can be drawn for meeting the challenges of the 21st century?

Maritime Security in the Polar Regions: Legal Perspectives from the United States and China

Large-scale environmental changes have precipitated changing geopolitical and maritime conditions at both poles. These changes are expanding shipping and resource development activities in the Arctic.  Similar changes are also affecting Antarctica and may complicate governance of scientific research, tourism and fisheries management in that region. Both China, which released in January 2018 its first formal Arctic policy, and the United States have interests in the responsible development of the Arctic region and are key players in Antarctica as well.