Democracy Promotion News

Wave of Protests Spreads to Scandal-Weary Honduras and Guatemala

Jun 12, 2015
Eric Olson, Associate Director of the Latin American Program, is quoted about ongoing protests in Central America, their impact on potential U.S. aid, and the importance of foreign aid.

A Way to Restore Mexico’s Trust Deficit

Jun 12, 2015
The massacres of Tlatlaya and Ayotzinapa, a scandal over financial support to purchase a mansion for the President's wife, the firing of Carmen Aristegui, harassment toward Mexican journalists in provincial papers. The common theme running through these four situations is lack of trust in public institutions and cynicism toward the rule of law. Recent surveys find that 75 percent of those polled do not trust politicians and police in Mexico.

America's Shocking Ignorance of Afghanistan

Jun 05, 2015
"The basic debate regarding whether U.S. efforts in the country should be focused on counter-insurgency or counter-terrorism has always framed the Afghan state as incidental to Western aims and efforts. Why? A basic ignorance about Afghanistan and a profound unwillingness on the part of policymakers to address this intellectual illiteracy lie at the core of any answer," writes Benjamin Hopkins.

The Mexico Institute's 2015 Elections Guide

Jun 02, 2015
The Mexico Institute is pleased to present a comprehensive guide to the best resources on the 2015 Mexican elections. This web resource will bring the latest polling numbers, analysis and opinion to our readers. The Mexico Institute's 2015 Elections Guide will be updated daily and will provide a one-stop shop for English language information on the vote.

A Warning in Iran’s Closed-Door Trial of Reporter Jason Rezaian

May 26, 2015
"The ministry, aided by a pliant judiciary, may be trying to make an example of Mr. Rezaian. His experience serves as a warning to other Iranians or dual nationals who work for foreign news agencies in Iran or universities and think tanks abroad. The message? Such Iranians should not feel free, or safe, to travel between Iran and the U.S. or Europe," writes Haleh Esfandiari

Will Putin Gamble All On A Broader Ukraine Invasion?

May 25, 2015
"The incursion in Ukraine is modest compared with that of Afghanistan, and the number of Russian deaths is far smaller. Yet once again a limited number of Kremlin leaders, without benefit of public debate, may make a fateful decision about using force against a neighbor. The leaders should bear in mind the lesson of Afghanistan and exercise caution," write Denis Corboy, William Courtney, and Kenneth Yalowitz.

Middle East Realities That Challenge Obama’s Nuclear Deal With Iran

May 20, 2015
"The emerging Iran deal that the Obama administration contends is comprehensive and definitive contains so many uncertainties, including those regarding Iran’s future nuclear weapons aspirations, that it might well turn out to be an extended interim accord," writes Aaron David Miller.

To Govern

May 19, 2015
In this Expert Take, Global Fellow and Advisory Board Member Luis Rubio states that "to govern is to comply with the law...without exception."

Obama's Arab Security Strategy: An Old Doctrine Gets Put to the Test in Yemen

May 18, 2015
"Yemen couldn’t be a worse place to put the American Gulf security plan to the test. It is a certified failed state with an impeccable record of sucking outside powers into a treacherous tribal quicksand," writes David Ottaway.

Transparency and the Rule of Law Series

May 18, 2015
Perhaps the greatest challenge Mexico is facing is building a genuine Rule of Law. Although some advances have been achieved, the road still looks challenging. With this series, the Mexico Institute seeks to provide arguments and analysis for understanding the problems of transparency and Rule of Law that Mexico is facing.