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As Brazil's Rouseff Reels From Crisis, Opportunity for Reform Emerges

Oct 02, 2015
Brazil Institute Advisory Board member Carlos Eduardo Lins da Silva weighs in on the current political and economic situation gripping Brazil.

Honduras Faces Uphill Battle Against Endemic Corruption

Sep 30, 2015
Eric L. Olson, Associate Director of the Latin American Program, discusses Honduras’ fight against corruption with World Politics Review.

Turkey's Turmoil: Why Erdogan and the Kurds Are Both to Blame

Sep 25, 2015
In sum, the solution to the Kurdish problem, always predicated upon the expansion of the democratic space in Turkey, is foundering precisely because both Erdogan and the PKK have little regard for democracy.

Canadian and U.S. Elections: Convergences and Divergences

Sep 23, 2015
Canadian and U.S. elections are approaching. Since the Canada Institute audience is located in both the United States and Canada, we decided to look for a guest analyst who could explain and compare the major dynamics in both countries. For this job, there is no better person than Eduardo Del Buey. Eduardo is a former Canadian diplomat who has held senior communications positions in the United Nations, Organization of American States and Commonwealth Secretariat.

The Pope in Cuba: What Does it Mean?

Sep 21, 2015
"The worldwide popularity of Pope Francis and the oft expressed media speculation that he might use his visit to pressure the Cuban government to initiate major changes misconstrues the role of the Cuban church, as well as the purposes of the papal visits which were and are primarily pastoral aimed at fortifying the evangelizing capacity of the Cuban church," writes Margaret Crahan on the papal visit to Cuba.

The Petrobras Scandal: Year in Review 2015

Sep 17, 2015
Director Paulo Sotero discusses the ongoing corruption scandal involving Petrobras.

Brazil's Rousseff - is this the beginning of the end? A new poll suggests it is

Sep 16, 2015
In his latest piece for the Financial Times, director Paulo Sotero analyzes recent polling on the state of President Dilma Rousseff's government.

Erdogan’s Great Losing Gamble

Sep 14, 2015
These are unusual times in Turkey. This is not just because Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for a new round of voting after the June 7 general election, in which the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost its parliamentary majority for the first time since 2002 or because of the renewed violence with the Kurds. These are also unusual times because there is a great deal of confusion in Ankara: Who actually runs the country, the Prime Minister or the President?