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Subcommittee Hearing: Threats to Press Freedom in the Americas

Jul 31, 2015
Press Freedom in the Americas has been in a general decline for the past 15 years. According to Freedom House’s latest findings (2015), only 43% of the countries in the Americas are ranked as having ‘free’ press. The remaining countries fall in the range of ‘partly free’ (43%) and ‘not free’ (14%).

Tehran’s Promise

Jul 27, 2015
"After decades of living in a pariah nation, Iranians seem to crave normalcy—but on their own terms. Figuring out their relationship with the outside world is a big part of the transition," writes Robin Wright.

Brazil After President Rousseff’s U.S. Visit

Jul 20, 2015
President Dilma Rousseff’s approval and popularity ratings continue to remain low even after her recent meeting with President Obama. If the trip to the U.S. did provide a bump for the President, it was short-lived and has wilted in the face of political and economic realities in Brazil. Brazil Institute Director Paulo Sotero explains the situation President Rousseff faces provides insights on what it might take to turn things around. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

From War to Peace: In Search of Transitional Justice

Jul 15, 2015
When a country moves from conflict to peace, the transitional period includes a desire for justice that can take many forms. Arnaud Kurze’s research project explores the creation of “alternative transitional justice spaces” in post-conflict contexts, particularly concentrating on the role of art and the impact of social movements to address human rights abuses. Drawing on the former Yugoslavia, post-Mubarak Egypt and post-authoritarian Tunisia, he scrutinizes the work of contemporary youth activists and artists to deal with the past and foster sociopolitical change. In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, we speak with Kurze about his findings

Infographic: The Results are in: Mexico's Midterm Elections

Jul 15, 2015
This infographic depicts the results of Mexico's midterm elections and is based on an Expert Take written by Veronica Ortiz O.

Rousseff's uncertain future clouds progress following successful visit to Washington

Jul 07, 2015
Director Paulo Sotero gives his analysis on President Dilma Rousseff's visit to the United States.

Electoral Results, As Anticipated

Jul 06, 2015
In this Expert Take, Veronica Ortiz O. discusses the results of Mexico's 2015 midterm elections.

Russia's Virtual Universe

Jul 05, 2015
"Even as our government becomes less and less 'Soviet,' as it consolidates and whittles down health clinics, schools and other services, the Kremlin keeps imposing the old Soviet world view on our citizens," writes Maxim Trudolyubov.

5 Reasons America Should Fear the Global Middle Class

Jul 02, 2015
"U.S. officials understandably are focused on America’s middle class, but they should also pay closer attention to the ways in which the growing global middle class may undermine American interests, beyond its acknowledged effects on climate change and resource scarcity," writes Brenda Seaver.

Congressional Testimony: U.S.-China Educational Relations and Academic Freedom

Jul 01, 2015
Kissinger Institute Director, Robert Daly testified on Capitol Hill at a House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing on academic freedom in China. Is academic freedom threatened by China’s influence on American universities? According to Daly, the history of U.S.-China educational relations suggests that we should first ask whether China has such influence at all.