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"Una C.A. violenta y convulsa es enorme amenaza para EE. UU."

Apr 22, 2015
This article mentions President Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras and his speech at the Wilson Center. This article is in Spanish.

China vs. Western Values: Xi Jinping’s Ideology Campaign

Apr 21, 2015
Ideology is once again playing a major role in U.S.-China relations. Government warnings against the pernicious influence of “Western values” have surged under Xi Jinping. And that concern has influenced policies toward the Internet, traditional media, culture and entertainment, universities, think tanks, and non-governmental organizations. Can China succeed in blocking Western influence? That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.

Colombia peace talks survive Cauca storm, but danger lurks

Apr 21, 2015
Cynthia Arnson is quoted about peace talks between Colombia’s government and The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

Excesses and Vacuums

Apr 21, 2015
The accusation of supposed acts of corruption has turned into a national sport. No day goes by without the social networks posting photographs of a public official boarding a governmental helicopter or a politician’s wife entering a store in Los Angeles. The phenomenon cuts across the entire political spectrum, but the look is fixedly trained on the federal government. The faults of the Left appear lesser in the logic of the prototypical accuser. Is this an excess or merely a patriotic, therefore democratic, act?

Corruption, A Central Issue in the Campaigns

Apr 20, 2015
Corruption has emerged as a key topic in the 2015 electoral campaigns. In this Expert Take, Duncan Wood and Pedro Valenzuela discuss where the debate regarding corruption is currently and what the parties are proposing in their electoral platforms.

Attack Roils Colombian Peace Talks

Apr 15, 2015
Program Director Cynthia Arnson is quoted about the escalation of hostilities between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, a Marxist rebel group, and the Colombian military even as negotiators meet for peace talks.

2015 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award: Call for Nominations

Apr 13, 2015
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars welcomes nominations for the 2015 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.

A Conversation with Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete

Apr 13, 2015
After two terms, Jakaya Kikwete will conclude his time as President of Tanzania later this year. He Visited the Wilson Center for a conversation that included reflection on his time in office, thoughts on Tanzania's progress and challenges, and that also provided a preview of his post-presidency plans. That's the focus of this edition of REWIND.

Nigeria's Moment of Triumph

Apr 13, 2015
"Hundreds of thousands living in violence-prone regions defied extremists and voted. The professionalism, transparency and independence demonstrated by Independent Nigerian Electoral Commission (INEC) provided credibility, in a country where it is usually lacking, and galvanized a fractured country," writes Monde Muyangwa and Raymond Gilpin.

Ordinary Opinions of Everyday Mexicans: Polling from the 1940s-2012

Apr 13, 2015
This article, written by Mexico Institute Advisory Board Member Roderic Ai Camp, discusses how public opinion polls played a critical role in Mexico's democratic political transition during the 1980s and 1990s.