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Former President of Brazil Fernando Henrique Cardoso Reaffirms Support for Lava Jato Corruption Investigations

Earlier today, former President Fernando Henrique Cardoso reaffirmed on his Facebook page his support for the Car Wash criminal investigations on massive corruption in Brazil, following the recent publication of confessions by senior Odebrecht executives as part of a plea bargain agreement:

Target Interventions to Reduce Homicides in Mexico

Re-conceptualizing the Russian Legal Tradition: Imperial Roots and Modern Reality

James H. Billington Seminar on Russian History and Culture

The Venezuela Crisis and Latin America’s Future

Venezuela’s downward spiral has left the country poised between crisis and collapse.

Final Report | Charting a New Course: Policy Options for the Next Stage in U.S.-Mexico Relations

The relationship between Mexico and the United States, although undoubtedly facing its most severe test in decades, remains strong. However, the challenge to the status quo of the relationship in early 2017 does highlight the need to think about this relationship in a radically different way. In addition to reaffirming the truths of economic interdependence and mutual security support, it is clear that the time has come to focus on new issues in the relationship, to adopt a new tone, and to propose a new course.

Operação Lava Jato

A Conversation at Critical Moment with Chief Justice Cármen Lúcia of the Brazilian Supreme Court

The second woman to hold the position of Chief Justice of the Brazilian Federal Tribunal (STF), Cármen Lúcia Antunes Rocha leads the judicial branch at a critical moment in Brazilian history. The Lava Jato investigations have exposed widespread corruption and questionable campaign financing practices involving senior figures in the public and private sectors. In the coming months and years, the STF—Brazil’s Supreme Court—will take a leading role trying many of these cases, including criminal cases involving members of the Brazilian Congress and of the presidential cabinet.

Anti-Corruption Forever? Xi Jinping’s Signature Policy in a Fraught Political Year

Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping’s five-year old anti-corruption crackdown has made him popular with many Chinese, but has also reportedly earned him enemies and has partially paralyzed China’s bureaucracy. As the party prepares for its 19th Party Congress in late 2017, has the crackdown helped Xi consolidate his grip on power and has it positioned him to orchestra a smooth transition to a new leadership at the 20th Party Congress in 2022?