Apr 29, 2014
When in 1756 French enlightener Honoré Gabriel Mirabeau introduced the notion of «civilization» into academic vocabulary, he meant the society based on the principles of intelligence and justice. Later German philosopher Oswald Spengler pessimistically viewed civilization as “numbing” of culture’s organic life, its collapse, as well as conversion of labor into mechanical work devoid of creativity. Contemporary American scholar Samuel Huntington elaborated a theory on the collision of different cultures in present epoch, as well as defined civilization as cultural community of the highest rank and cultural identity of people of the greatest level.
Apr 21, 2014
Senior Scholar Marvin Ott discusses the recent elections in Afghanistan.
Apr 21, 2014
Former Asia Program Public Policy Scholar Ali Riaz examines the background of the controversial elections in Bangladesh held in January 2014 and the future trajectory of Bangladeshi politics in a new article in Current History.
Latin American Program in the News: "Viva el Populísmo? The Tense Future of Latin American Politics"
Apr 21, 2014
Drawing on their 2013 book "Latin American Populism in the Twenty-First Century," Latin American Program Director Cynthia J. Arnson and Carlos de la Torre examine recent political developments in Latin America in this article in Foreign Affairs.
Apr 11, 2014
After weeks of relentless attacks by the Taliban many feared that the Afghan election would be a very bloody one. Yet, the 7 million people who turned out to vote largely escaped harm. Here's the likely explanation.
Apr 07, 2014
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars welcomes nominations for the 2014 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 event expresses the deep commitment to democracy of the late Ion Ratiu through his contributions as a Romanian politician as well as his interest in democratic change worldwide.
Apr 03, 2014
No matter how free, fair, credible, and legitimate the election ultimately is (or is not), Afghanistan has a long way to go before it becomes a more stable state. Here are four reasons why.
Mar 27, 2014
Latin American Program Director Cynthia J. Arnson is quoted in this article about Venezuela's future.
Mar 21, 2014
Тижнів за два тому одна з моїх колишніх студенток поцікавилась на ФБ: «Чи можна події 2014р. в Україні вважати революцією?» Я відповів, що швидше так ніж ні, але застеріг, що про революцію легше говорити не за фактом, а за наслідками. Якісь наслідки видно вже, якісь проявляться згодом, а тим часом варто уважніше поглянути на виразні ознаки революції і перевірити чи виявляють вони себе у теперішніх подіях і чи виявлялися вони у 2004 р.
Mar 19, 2014
As civil unrest continues in Venezuela, we asked Latin American Program Director, Cindy Arnson, for an update on the sometimes violent situation. She provides insight into what’s happening, the government’s response, and whether or not the situation can be resolved any time soon.