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Luther’s Fortress: Martin Luther and His Reformation Under Siege

Jul 31, 2015
Prolific author, acclaimed historian, and Wilson Center Senior Scholar, James Reston’s latest book draws on primary source correspondence, notes, and other writings to provide a gripping portrait of what may be the most productive months of Martin Luther’s life. Luther’s Fortress: Martin Luther and His Reformation Under Siege, chronicles a critical but little-known episode in Luther’s life, revealing its pivotal role in the history of Christianity. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

Tehran’s Promise

Jul 27, 2015
"After decades of living in a pariah nation, Iranians seem to crave normalcy—but on their own terms. Figuring out their relationship with the outside world is a big part of the transition," writes Robin Wright.

After One Year, Reporter Jason Rezaian Remains in Iranian Prison

Jul 22, 2015
"Some hoped that Jason Rezaian would be freed once an agreement was reached over Iran’s nuclear program, but the truth is that his fate-–like that of the other American-Iranians serving time–-was never dependent on the outcome of the nuclear negotiations," writes Haleh Esfandiari.
President Lyndon B Johnson signing the Civil Rights Bill, April 11, 1968

U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Upholding Housing Discrimination Law

Jul 15, 2015
Supreme Court upholds key tool for fighting housing bias by ruling on Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, challenging race-neutral policies that have negative effects on minorities.

El Chapo Escapes: Major Setback for Mexico’s War on Organized Crime

Jul 14, 2015
The drug lord known as “El Chapo” has escaped from a maximum security prison for a second time. What are the implications for Mexico’s war on organized crime? Mexico Institute Director Duncan Wood provides an overview.

Sexual Scandal: Law and Justice in Russia

Jul 07, 2015
"The Russian uproar over Jennifer Fichter's case is yet another example of the tendency to separate legality from justice. The view in Russia is that although the woman did wrong, her victims partook of the pleasures, and so of the responsibility," writes Sergey Radchenko.

Russia's Virtual Universe

Jul 05, 2015
"Even as our government becomes less and less 'Soviet,' as it consolidates and whittles down health clinics, schools and other services, the Kremlin keeps imposing the old Soviet world view on our citizens," writes Maxim Trudolyubov.

5 Reasons America Should Fear the Global Middle Class

Jul 02, 2015
"U.S. officials understandably are focused on America’s middle class, but they should also pay closer attention to the ways in which the growing global middle class may undermine American interests, beyond its acknowledged effects on climate change and resource scarcity," writes Brenda Seaver.

Powerless in Pakistan

Jun 30, 2015
"Pakistan is in the midst of rapid urbanization — a major societal shift that could worsen the effects of energy problems in the years ahead...With droves of Pakistanis entering cities and becoming dependent on grids, supply pressures will deepen exponentially," writes Michael Kugelman.

The New Ukrainian Exceptionalism

Jun 23, 2015
"The new Ukrainian exceptionalism comes at a high price for Ukrainian civil society and for the international community focused on helping Ukraine," write Matthew Rojansky and Mykhailo Minakov.