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Georgia: Between East and West

Oct 08, 2015
While many of its neighbors have struggled, Georgia’s democracy continues to develop and its role regionally and internationally continues to grow as well. A geographical gateway between East and West, the nation sits in the center of a dynamic and rapidly changing region. Georgia President Giorgi Margvelashvili visited the Wilson Center to discuss a host of important issues with the Center’s Director, former Congresswoman Jane Harman. Their discussion and the President’s remarks provide the focus for this edition of REWIND.

Nine questions and observations about Honduras’s new anti-corruption mechanism

Oct 05, 2015
Facing growing public pressure to address major corruption scandals in Honduras and mounting evidence of widespread impunity among the country’s elite, the government of Juan Orlando Hernández inked a deal with the OAS Secretary General last week which is aptly named the Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH). The following are a few observations and questions that need urgent attention if this and other efforts are to be more than mere window dressing.

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.