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The Kremlin Cannot Afford to Stop Propping Up Its Constructed Reality

Dec 07, 2015
"The constructed reality of the state-run media has become a matter of national security. The heavier the allegations, the deeper the Kremlin has to go into denial," writes Maxim Trudolyubov.

After Egypt’s Parliamentary Elections, Resignation–and Low Expectations

Dec 04, 2015
After the final runoffs in parliamentary elections this week, Egyptians seem to be settling in for an indefinite waiting period, with no particular expectations of progress. There is a strong sense here that people fear that change would make a difficult status quo even worse.

Statement on the Detainment of Ismail Alexandrani

Dec 03, 2015
This week, Egypt detained Ismail Alexandrani, an Egyptian researcher, investigative journalist, and former Wilson Center Fellow. The Wilson Center is deeply concerned by his arrest, and we have reached out to senior U.S. officials for more information. Although we do not know yet what the charges against Mr. Alexandrani are, we strongly urge the government of Egypt to deal with his case in full accordance with the country's constitution that guarantees Egyptian citizens freedom of speech and the media.

Defeated in Bihar: Where does the BJP go from here?

Nov 12, 2015
The resounding defeat of India’s ruling party in a key state election could send the country down a dangerous path.

The good, the bad, and the ugly

Nov 06, 2015
"The statements of both Sharif and Aziz raise legitimate questions about whether and why Pakistani policy in the seemingly intractable Afghan peace process has evolved behind those curtains that keep it in deep shadows," writes William Milam.

Are Ghanaians Fed-Up With Democracy?

Nov 05, 2015
Are Ghanaians fed-up with democracy? According to a recent survey the answer is yes, with findings indicating declining support for the government and lack of trust in institutions.

Myanmar Elections Preview

Nov 04, 2015
Wilson Center Asia Program Fellow, Renaud Egreteau, provides a preview of the upcoming elections in post-junta Burma (Myanmar).

Strengthening the MACCIH: Next Steps in Honduras’ Fight against Corruption and Impunity

Nov 04, 2015
The next few weeks will be critical in the fight against corruption and impunity in Honduras. The Organization of American States (OAS) will send a technical mission to Honduras next week to begin fleshing out the details of the proposed Support Mission Against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH). Will the final agreement between the OAS and the gsovernment of Honduras — which is to be finalized in December — include the political independence necessary to tackle difficult, politically sensitive corruption cases, or will it simply provide window dressing that covers the cancer growing on the Honduran state?

Foreign Electoral Assistance as a Strategy for Peace Building in Post-Conflict Societies

Nov 03, 2015
Once a peace treaty is signed and elections are scheduled, stability and peace is not guaranteed.

Six thoughts and observations on Guatemala’s second round of elections

Oct 22, 2015
With just days until Guatemala’s second round of elections, presidential candidates Jimmy Morales and Sandra Torres are hurriedly shoring up support and getting their messages out to voters. These elections are historic, coming at a moment of disillusionment with the political establishment following the resignation and subsequent arrest of former President Otto Pérez Molina for his alleged participation in a multi-million dollar corruption network. Guatemalans turned out in record numbers in the first round of elections on September 6 and the charged political atmosphere suggests they will do so again.

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