Democratic Transition News

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.

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.

Democratizing Mexican Politics, 1982-2012

Apr 13, 2015
This article, written by Mexico Institute Advisory Board Member Roderic Ai Camp, discusses Mexico's democratic transition and the case study it provides of a semi-authoritarian political model evolving incrementally into an electoral democracy over two decades.

The 2015 Election

Apr 08, 2015
The 2015 election in Mexico includes the election of 500 federal deputies, Mexico will elect 17 state-level legislatures, 9 governors, and more than 300 mayors. For the the latest polling numbers, analysis and opinion, check out the Mexico Institute's 2015 Elections Guide.

Why Military Intervention Won't End Yemen's Crisis

Mar 27, 2015
"The many layers of Yemen’s crisis are unlikely to be solved by military means," writes Robin Wright.

The Tragedy of Tunisia

Mar 19, 2015
"Lack of jobs is only one of several issues that have disillusioned Tunisia’s young and enticed some of them to militancy," writes Robin Wright.

Will Museum Terrorist Attack Derail Tunisia’s Transition to Democracy?

Mar 19, 2015
"The only thing that’s certain now is that if the Western world and Persian Gulf states do not help Tunisia tackle its unemployment and the sociological malaise of the younger generation, things there will grow worse before there is any hope of improvement," writes Haleh Esfandiari and Jason Brodsky.

Democracy in Ukraine: A Conversation With 2014 Ion Ratiu Award Winner Mustafa Nayyem

Feb 13, 2015
In this feature length edition of Wilson Center NOW, newly elected Member of Parliament, Mustafa Nayyem, shares his thoughts on the state of democracy in Ukraine, the ongoing conflict with Russia, and his transition from journalism to politics. Nayyem is the 2014 recipient of the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award.

"Building Resilient Communities in Mexico: Civic Responses to Crime and Violence" Briefing Paper Series

Jan 14, 2015
This briefing series is a continuation of the project "Building Resilient Communities in Mexico: Civic Responses to Crime and Violence," a multiyear effort by the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Justice in Mexico Project at the University of San Diego to analyze the obstacles to and opportunities for improving citizen security in Mexico.

Radio and TV Martí have roles to play as Cuba enters a new era

Jan 09, 2015
"We should expect the Castro regime to fight tooth and nail to prevent media freedom, and it is likely that the regime will intensify measures to derail Radio and TV Martí as the broadcaster informs Cubans about the deepening crisis of the current system," writes A. Ross Johnson and S. Enders Wimbush.