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As Mexicans Buck Political Status Quo, Independent "El Bronco" Wins Election

Jun 09, 2015
In Mexico, an independent's election as governor marks a potential sea change in Mexican politics, as voters grow increasingly disillusioned with traditional political elites.

A Fragmented Political Landscape

Jun 08, 2015
It's too early to know the full impact of yesterday's elections in Mexico, but there is no question that these were far more momentous than midterm elections usually are, with profound short-term and long-term consequences for the future of Mexico's political system. Andrew Selee provides four quick takeaways on the implications of the results.

America's Shocking Ignorance of Afghanistan

Jun 05, 2015
"The basic debate regarding whether U.S. efforts in the country should be focused on counter-insurgency or counter-terrorism has always framed the Afghan state as incidental to Western aims and efforts. Why? A basic ignorance about Afghanistan and a profound unwillingness on the part of policymakers to address this intellectual illiteracy lie at the core of any answer," writes Benjamin Hopkins.

The Anticipated Results

Jun 03, 2015
"As we draw closer to June 7th, it appears that the upcoming election anticipates some likely unexpected results," writes Veronica Ortiz in this Expert Take.


Jun 03, 2015
"The achievement of stability and high growth rates after the revolutionary era was nearly miraculous and contrasted with the interminable South American dictatorships. Everything suggested that Mexico had procured a successful and permanent formula. It worked until it ran out," writes Luis Rubio.

The Mexico Institute's 2015 Elections Guide

Jun 02, 2015
The Mexico Institute is pleased to present a comprehensive guide to the best resources on the 2015 Mexican elections. This web resource will bring the latest polling numbers, analysis and opinion to our readers. The Mexico Institute's 2015 Elections Guide will be updated daily and will provide a one-stop shop for English language information on the vote.

Fighting the Reality

Jun 01, 2015
"It would seem to be patently obvious that in politics there’s no worse evil than fighting reality, but that’s precisely what the government has been doing recently," writes Global Fellow Luis Rubio.

Colombia’s Peace Process: Measuring Public Opinion and Expectations for Transitional Justice

May 29, 2015
FARC negotiator Pablo Catatumbo said that the recent deadly army raid represented a “step back,” but that the progress made since Colombia’s peace process talks began in 2012 should not be “thrown overboard.” So negotiations continue in spite of tensions and setbacks. A new survey conducted by researchers from Georgia State University seeks to inform the process by providing information on public opinion regarding transitional justice, trust, and overall support for negotiations. One of the researchers, and a Wilson Center Fellow provide context on the findings and their relevance to ongoing attempts to reach an agreement.

U.S. China Policy: Accommodate or Double Down?

May 27, 2015
Two recent reports have triggered a discussion surrounding the evolution of US policy toward China. The fundamental choice confronting policymakers is whether to respond to China’s rise by accommodating its ambitions or to challenge the People’s Republic by attempting to reassert or double down on American preeminence in the Asia-Pacific region. Kissinger Institute Director Robert Daly explains the options during this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

A Warning in Iran’s Closed-Door Trial of Reporter Jason Rezaian

May 26, 2015
"The ministry, aided by a pliant judiciary, may be trying to make an example of Mr. Rezaian. His experience serves as a warning to other Iranians or dual nationals who work for foreign news agencies in Iran or universities and think tanks abroad. The message? Such Iranians should not feel free, or safe, to travel between Iran and the U.S. or Europe," writes Haleh Esfandiari