Rule of Law

Putin’s Political Machine Defeats Its Purpose

Recently, within the space of just two weeks, Russia’s president Vladimir Putin replaced eleven regional heads. Most of the new men (they are all men) are younger and better educated than their predecessors. Most of them did not gain firsthand experience running things during the Soviet era and are not of military or special services background. They are mid-level apparatchiks, managers, economists.

Building a New Police in Honduras

Building a New Police in Honduras: Challenges and Opportunities Faced by the Police Purge and Reform Commission


After nearly 15 months of work and 5,000 police suspended or removed from the force, the Special Commission to Purge and Reform the Honduran Police is nearing the end of its mandate.  Along the way, the Commission has faced serious challenges and made significant progress in ridding the force of corrupt leaders and officers.  Legislative reforms to reorganize and strengthen the police are in their infancy.

“U.S.-Mexico Cooperation against Organized Crime”: Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne’s presentation to Asociación de Bancos de México – 19th International Seminar on Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Finance on October 5, 2017 in Mexico City

Mexico and the United States face a very serious common threat from the organized crime groups which operate in both countries trafficking in drugs, arms, illicit funds, and people.  The two governments should redouble efforts to counter these threats to the well-being of citizens in both countries through addiction, violence and corruption.

Mexico’s New Fiscalía: A Way Out of Corruption and Impunity

Faced with ongoing challenges of corruption and impunity, Mexico is undergoing an historic transformation of its criminal justice system for over a decade. One recent change is the proposed transition from a presidentially appointed Attorney General  to the creation of a more independent National Prosecutor’s Office, the Fiscalía General. If implemented well, the new National Prosecutor’s Office could reduce political influence over criminal investigations and reduce impunity —where approximately 98 percent of crimes go unpunished.

Latin American Program 40th Anniversary Special: Strategies for Overcoming Corruption

The Wilson Center’s Latin American Program is celebrating its 40th Anniversary. In the first of two anniversary interviews, we spoke with Panama’s former ambassador to the United States, Jaime Alemán, to discuss the latest efforts and strategies for overcoming corruption throughout the region. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.


Status Report on Egypt’s Civil Society

In the midst of an ongoing crack down on NGOs and individuals in Egypt that has included arrests and mass trials, we spoke with American University in Cairo Associate Professor Amy Austin Holmes about what she has observed and encountered. Holmes is currently a fellow with the Wilson Center’s Middle East Program and her status report on the health of Egypt’s civil society provides the focus for this edition of Wilson Center NOW.



Where is Mexico's Fight Against Corruption Now?

The deadliest earthquake since 1985 hit Mexico last week, the second significant earthquake in 2017. With at least 225 victims, the parallels between last week's earthquake and 1985’s are spine chilling. Both happened on the same day of the year, September 19th, and both have awoken a powerful civilian mobilization to rescue victims from collapsed buildings.

Practical Approaches to Strengthening Judicial Institutions

A Justice Sector Training, Research and Coordination Symposium Convened by the Rule of Law Collaborative at the University of South Carolina in coordination with The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

¿Cómo introducir medidas anticorrupción en el TLCAN?

La corrupción incrementa el costo de hacer negocios, permite el uso ineficiente de recursos públicos, perpetúa la pobreza y la desigualdad, y deslegitima al Estado mexicano. Reducirla sería una forma bastante eficaz para incrementar nuestra competitividad, pues se estima, los sobornos agregan costos de hasta 10% en las transacciones en los negocios (WEF, 2014).

Justice Luis Roberto Barroso on Brazil’s Institutional Challenge: Showing That Corruption Will Not Prevail

The severity of economic, political, and moral crisis that has paralyzed Brazil for the past three years prompted Luis Roberto Barroso, one of the eleven justices of the Brazilian Supreme Court, to speak bluntly in recent public statements: “We desperately need political reform to counter the sense of devastation brought by corruption,” Barroso said.