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2016 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award: Call for Nominations

Feb 03, 2016
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars welcomes nominations for the 2016 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award. The purpose of the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award (IRDA) is to bring visibility and international recognition to the ideas, ideals and accomplishments of individuals around the world who are working on behalf of democracy. The deadline for submission is June 1, 2016.

Russia’s Got Talent: Kadyrov’s Electoral Politics

Feb 03, 2016
Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Chechen Republic, a Russian region in the North Caucasus, has been the focus of conversation on Russia’s social networks since the beginning of the year. An exchange between Kadyrov, whose media of choice is Instagram, and Russian officials, parliament members, and other internet users took some bizarre turns even by Russian standards: it involved insults, gallows humor, and outright death threats.

North America needs to North America

Jan 29, 2016
In this U.S. election year, it is important to shift the conversation to the importance of U.S. relations with Mexico and Canada. This editorial, by the former Canadian ambassador to the U.S., the former Mexican ambassador to the U.S., and the former U.S. ambassador to Mexico, believes that their governments should focus on advancing trilateral relations in the business sector and improve collaboration in the security conversation over illegal trafficking, extremism, and terrorism. The Wilson Center will launch an initiative this year to highlight the importance of North American co-operation and provide proposals for action.

Russia Won’t Recover Unless It Reforms Its State

Jan 20, 2016
The state, being what it is in Russia, a living creature with aspirations and idiosyncrasies of its own, may start saving itself, rather than saving the nation, writes Maxim Trudolyubov.

Brazil Braces for A Rough Ride, But Its Strengths Remain

Jan 19, 2016
The drama of Brazil’s immense political and economic crisis has reached a sort of “ground zero” point, from which it can develop in any direction, leading to a positive or very negative outcome for the country.

Deciphering Iran’s Prisoner Swap and Broader Communication

Jan 17, 2016
The prisoner exchange appears to be another sign that President Hassan Rouhani’s more moderate approach to foreign policy is meeting with some success, writes Haleh Esfandiari.

Taiwan: A Democratic Success

Jan 16, 2016
The people of Taiwan have once again demonstrated the vitality and vibrancy of their democracy. Congratulations to President-elect Tsai Ing-wen and the other successful candidates in the election held earlier today.

Popular Decisions, Unpopular Outcomes

Jan 11, 2016
The president’s moves are bound to remain popular, despite leading to disastrous outcomes. Today’s Russia may serve as a teaching aide for anyone interested in studying the effects of populism.

Brazil's Foreign Policy Failures

Jan 08, 2016
Former Brazil Institute Scholar Roberto Simon discusses Brazil's foreign policy.

Stand Up for Georgia

Jan 05, 2016
Georgia is poised to make big changes to reinvigorate its democracy, but it needs support from the U.S. and the West.