Rule of Law

From Peter the Great to Putin: The Evolution of Russian Law

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we are joined by William Pomeranz, Deputy Director of the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute, who discusses his new book Law and the Russian State: Russia's Legal Evolution from Peter the Great to Vladimir Putin. Pomeranz examines continuities and disruptions of Russian law during the imperial, Soviet, and post-Soviet periods.

Extortionomics and Ideas to Leverage the Digital Revolution

Mexico has been labeled and praised as one of the countries that “has done well” because it implemented several reforms—some of which were both profound and transforming—in topics such as macroeconomic stability, antitrust, and energy, among others. In certain cases, the country implemented only gradual reforms and stakeholders opposed to the changes have not been affected. In spite of this, the effort did not translate into faster growth rates.

Seventh Annual U.S.-Mexico Security Conference: New Government, Old Challenges in Mexico's Security Landscape

In this seventh annual Mexican security review, the forum examined the pressing security challenges Mexico faces and how it plans to respond, including the rising importance of the fentanyl trade for organized crime. Two new research papers on fentanyl were presented. The conference also featured leading policy analysts discussing major security trends in 2019, efforts to professionalize the police, the proposed National Guard, efforts to prevent crime and reduce violence, as well as the future of U.S.-Mexico security cooperation under a new Mexican president. 

Book Launch: 'Law and the Russian State'

Law has long been exiled to the periphery of Russian history, yet Russia’s pursuit of legality and legal reform stretches across three centuries and three distinct political regimes. Introducing his new book, William Pomeranz analyzed the essential features and continuities in Russian law that have enabled the state in its various incarnations to govern a diverse and dispersed multinational population. Pomeranz also discussed how alternative understandings of law have periodically challenged the Russian state and its monopoly on power. 

Where Do We Go from Here? Merida 2.0 and the Future of Mexico-United States Security Cooperation

The inauguration of Andrés Manuel López Obrador on December 1, 2018 as President of Mexico opens a new era in Mexico’s security relationship with the United States. For the past 11 years, the United States and Mexico have anchored that relationship in a policy of shared responsibility where increased collaboration to address common security challenges has been the hallmark.

Law and the Russian State: Russia’s Legal Evolution from Peter the Great to Vladimir Putin

Russia is often portrayed as a regressive, even lawless, country, and yet the Russian state has played a major role in shaping and experimenting with law as an instrument of power. In Law and the Russian State, William Pomeranz examines Russia's legal evolution from Peter the Great to Vladimir Putin, addressing the continuities and disruptions of Russian law during the imperial, Soviet, and post-Soviet periods. The book covers key themes, including:

Where Do We Go from Here?: Merida 2.0 and the Future of Mexico-U.S. Security Cooperation

The inauguration of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on December 1, 2018 opens a new era in the country's security relationship with the United States. For the past 11 years, the United States and Mexico have anchored that relationship in a policy of shared responsibility where increased collaboration to address common security challenges has been the hallmark.

Domestic and International Impacts of Kleptocracy

 

In kleptocracies, corrupt politicians use their leverage to receive financial benefits or special favors. These states also create their own legal mechanisms to target political enemies and challenge the international legal infrastructure. Daniel Morgan Graduate School-Kennan Institute Fellow Edward Lemon, joined by Casey Michel and Jodi Vittori, examined kleptocracy in Central Asia, how it influences a state’s legal and financial mechanisms, and its impact on U.S. national security.

Infographic: AMLO's Peace and Security Plan

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