Governance News

The Great Exodus: Ukraine's Refugees Flee to Russia

Feb 04, 2015
"Perm’s geographic location is a convenient transfer point from which Ukrainian refugees can move further into the country: either to the north of Russia, to the Yamalo-Nenets region, for example, where more lucrative employment opportunities exist, or to other Russian cities where their relatives live," writes Mary Elizabeth Malinkin and Liliya Nigmatullina.

The Significance of Hard-Liners’ Criticism of Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif

Feb 02, 2015
"It is striking that while the supreme leader has, in a manner, continued to support the Iranian negotiating team, he has also permitted this barrage of criticism of the president, his foreign minister and Iran’s negotiators at a sensitive juncture in the nuclear negotiations," writes Haleh Esfandiari.

Bold Dialog Needed in Budapest

Feb 02, 2015
Eastern European Studies Scholar, Tibor Purger, writes about the challenges faced by the U.S. Ambassador in Hungary and the need for bold dialog.

An African Misstep in Looking to Mugabe?

Feb 02, 2015
"Zimbabwe’s autocratic president is a dreadful role model. His party has been charged with intimidation, vote-rigging, or other forms of fraud in every election since it first won in 1980," writes Robin Wright.

Putin's Evolution

Feb 02, 2015
"Mr. Putin has certainly succeeded in clouding Russian perceptions and distorting Russian thinking. No one knows how long this strategy will succeed, but of one thing there is no doubt: For many Russians, Mr. Putin has turned himself into a kind of noble cause," writes Maxim Trudolyubov.

Yemen: The New Afghanistan

Jan 20, 2015
"If the outside world doesn’t come back to vigorously help stem the tide, Yemen may formally crumble into a failed state, with militias seizing more power and full scale war erupting among rival powers on multiple fronts," writes Robin Wright.

The Conspicuous U.S. Absence From Paris Solidarity March

Jan 12, 2015
"And no amount of rationalizing—whether scheduling conflicts or not wanting to dominate the rally with the presence of a U.S. president—can explain away the absence of a U.S. political figure of real stature in response to the first successful terror attack directed against Europe from abroad in a decade," writes Aaron David Miller.

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.

Charlie Hebdo and the Long War Against Extremism

Jan 08, 2015
"The attack on Charlie Hebdo is another confirmation of a long war. And, like the Cold War was to the 20th century, that struggle is likely to be a defining feature of the 21st," writes Aaron David Miller.

What Will Obama & EPN Discuss?

Jan 07, 2015
This week, Presidents Enrique Peña Nieto and Barack Obama meet at the White House. Mexico Institute staff discuss main issues for the bilateral agenda in the upcoming year.