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Jamil Hasanli to Receive 2015 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award

Oct 20, 2015
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is pleased to announce that Dr. Jamil Hasanli, a leading scholar and political activist from Azerbaijan, will receive the 2015 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, a one-month fellowship in Washington, D.C. The awardee was selected by the Ratiu Award Board which includes former awardees, such as Polish dissident and public intellectual Adam Michnik. Established in 2005, the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award (IRDA) aims to bring visibility and international recognition to the ideas, ideals and accomplishments of individuals around the world who are working on behalf of democracy. It brings recognition to the importance of the work carried out by democracy activists around the world. 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. The selection is made by an advisory board comprised of members of the Ratiu Family Foundation and previous awardees.

Canada’s New Prime Minister

Oct 20, 2015
Wilson Center Canada Institute Director Laura Dawson analyzes Canada’s surprising election results and provides a profile of new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Brazil's crisis hits new lows as its outcome gets harder to predict

Oct 19, 2015
Director Paulo Sotero writes for the Financial Times on the growing corruption scandal in Brazil.

Russian Opinion Polls Come Full Circle

Oct 19, 2015
"The public’s attitudes, concerns and aspirations are seen by the Kremlin as a security matter. They are important not in themselves, but in the way they contribute to regime stability or instability," writes Maxim Trudolyubov.
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An Update on the Colombian Peace Process with U.S. Special Envoy Bernard Aronson

Oct 14, 2015
We spoke with U.S. Special Envoy Bernard Aronson, following the announcement that the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) had reached major breakthroughs on the outstanding issues in the peace process negotiations (transitional justice, disarmament, and a timetable for signing a final agreement). He provides context on how agreement was reached and what comes next.

How Jason Rezaian’s Conviction Is a Warning to Iran’s President Rouhani

Oct 13, 2015
"By finding Mr. Rezaian guilty, Iran’s security agencies and judiciary are effectively warning Mr. Rouhani. They know that this conviction will strengthen those in the U.S., including members of Congress, who are skeptical of President Barack Obama‘s outreach to Iran; and they will continue to try to obstruct Mr. Rouhani’s outreach to Washington," writes Haleh Esfandiari.

Georgia: Between East and West

Oct 08, 2015
While many of its neighbors have struggled, Georgia’s democracy continues to develop and its role regionally and internationally continues to grow as well. A geographical gateway between East and West, the nation sits in the center of a dynamic and rapidly changing region. Georgia President Giorgi Margvelashvili visited the Wilson Center to discuss a host of important issues with the Center’s Director, former Congresswoman Jane Harman. Their discussion and the President’s remarks provide the focus for this edition of REWIND.

Nine questions and observations about Honduras’s new anti-corruption mechanism

Oct 05, 2015
Facing growing public pressure to address major corruption scandals in Honduras and mounting evidence of widespread impunity among the country’s elite, the government of Juan Orlando Hernández inked a deal with the OAS Secretary General last week which is aptly named the Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH). The following are a few observations and questions that need urgent attention if this and other efforts are to be more than mere window dressing.

As Brazil's Rouseff Reels From Crisis, Opportunity for Reform Emerges

Oct 02, 2015
Brazil Institute Advisory Board member Carlos Eduardo Lins da Silva weighs in on the current political and economic situation gripping Brazil.

Honduras Faces Uphill Battle Against Endemic Corruption

Sep 30, 2015
Eric L. Olson, Associate Director of the Latin American Program, discusses Honduras’ fight against corruption with World Politics Review.

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