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Plunder and The Perils of Mugabe’s Zimbabwe

Feb 19, 2015
"Zimbabwe is expiring, again. More banks are failing, beer sales – a key indicator – have slumped dramatically since 2013, tourist arrivals are down, and the business confidence index is at lowest ebb since the wildly inflationary days of 2008. Most tellingly, President Robert Gabriel Mugabe in January told civil servants to be patient - he “hoped” that they would soon be paid their monthly wages on a regular basis (something which had not happened often in 2014)" writes Dr. Robert Rotberg, about the plight of Zimbabwe under Mugabe's presidency.

In Bahrain, Arab Spring Hopes Are Freezing Over

Feb 18, 2015
"The rights of people in the Middle East are shrinking rather than expanding," writes Haleh Esfandiari and Jason Brodsky.

Argentines March in Downpour to Keep Fernandez on Defensive

Feb 18, 2015
Cynthia Arnson, Director of the Latin American Program, is quoted in this article regarding the march in Argentina to commemorate Alberto Nisman in one of the largest protests against President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

Washington: The Wrong City at the Right Time

Feb 18, 2015
"Unless those Muslim leaders themselves are prepared to acknowledge the problem of radical Islam as partly of their own making, and take steps to root it out, little will change," writes Aaron David Miller.

Organized Resistance Is Impossible in Russia

Feb 17, 2015
"Direct public resistance is simply impossible under such conditions precisely because the manipulators in the media deliberately eliminate the means for coordinating action and, most importantly, developing mutual trust," writes Maxim Trudolyubov.

Argentinian president risks showdown with judges over march honoring dead prosecutor

Feb 13, 2015
Cynthia Arnson, Director of the Latin American Program, is quoted in an article regarding a silent march in Buenos Aires to commemorate the one month anniversary of the death of Alberto Nisman.

Democracy in Ukraine: A Conversation With 2014 Ion Ratiu Award Winner Mustafa Nayyem

Feb 13, 2015
In this feature length edition of Wilson Center NOW, newly elected Member of Parliament, Mustafa Nayyem, shares his thoughts on the state of democracy in Ukraine, the ongoing conflict with Russia, and his transition from journalism to politics. Nayyem is the 2014 recipient of the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award.

Así son los nuevos vientos politicos que soplan en América Latina

Feb 12, 2015
The Woodrow Wilson Center is mentioned in an article regarding the event hosted by the Latin American Program and IDEA International on the region's electoral cycle. This article is in Spanish.

The Mexican State and Transparency

Feb 11, 2015
In this info-graphic, the Mexico Institute illustrates measures undertaken by the Mexican State to address challenges of transparency and corruption.

The Mexican State and Anti-Corruption Efforts

Feb 09, 2015
The Mexico Institute charts how the Mexican State is fighting corruption. This infographic analyses Mexico's institutions and the current debate in Congress. It also illustrates some of our recommendations.