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Protecting Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law in the Age of Terrorism

To see more videos from the conference, please click the playlist button in the upper left side of the video player. In addition, here is more information from the interviews with Jeffery Khan and William Pomeranz.

Four Years On: Where is Xi Jinping’s Anti-corruption Drive Headed?

As the anti-corruption campaign launched by CCP General Secretary Xi Jinping approaches its fourth anniversary, the question ought to be asked: where is it going?

Plus ça change? Media Control under Xi Jinping

On the Docket: A Look at the 2016-2017 Supreme Court Term

The panel discussion will feature prominent Supreme Court practitioners and scholars providing their expert insights on the upcoming term. The program is free and open to the public.  Register today to ensure yourself a seat for this intriguing and far-ranging discussion.

Conducted by the American Bar Association Division for Public Education, the American University Washington College of Law, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.


Chile Takes Aim at Corruption

In 2015 Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet responded to public outcry over a number of scandals by creating an advisory council tasked with taking aim at corruption. We spoke with the former chair of that council, Eduardo Engel, to learn about progress in Chile’s ongoing efforts to enact reforms and prevent corruption in the public and private spheres. That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.


Transitional Justice in Colombia’s Post-Accord Context

The Colombian peace agreement announced on August 24th includes extensive and detailed provisions regarding transitional justice. What are these mechanisms and how will they be implemented? What are the expected time frames and results? How will transitional justice provisions be incorporated into Colombian law?

Confronting Criminal Groups in El Salvador While Strengthening the Rule of Law

In January 2016, following a year in which El Salvador became the most violent country in the Western Hemisphere, former police director general Mauricio Ramírez Landaverde was named Minister of Justice and Public Security, while career prosecutor Douglas Meléndez Ruiz was elected Attorney General by a majority in Congress.  In the months since they took office, both ministers have worked to reform Salvadoran police and prosecutorial institutions, confront organized crime, and address allegations of corruption and human rights violations within the ranks.  Speaking via teleconference from S

From Corruption Scandals to Reform: The Work of Chile's Anti-Corruption Commission

The issue of corruption is one of the most potent in defining citizen attitudes about political leadership and institutions of governance. As in many other Latin American countries, in Chile in 2014 and 2015 a number of corruption scandals cast a spotlight on weaknesses in the institutional framework for preventing irregular campaign financing, conflicts of interest, and influence peddling.


In the eighties, the title of a book on Indonesia summed up the moment in that society, not very distinct from that of today’s Mexico: “A Nation in Waiting”. In waiting for “a change”.

Governments come and governments go, all avowing deliverance. But deliverance did not come and everything turned out being excuses: the fault was always someone else’s.