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'Noose Tightening' Around Iranian Government as European Union Boycott Iranian Oil

Jan 25, 2012
Embargoes on Iranian oil exports are having the desired effect, but military options should still remain on the table to deter Tehran from pursuing a nuclear weapon, Jane Harman, director, president, and CEO of The Wilson Center told FoxNews on Tuesday. “The escalating rhetoric from Iran is proof that the sanctions are biting,” Harman said, noting a recent European Union boycott of Iranian oil. “All of this means that the noose is tightening around the Iranian government.” Harman stressed sanctions are aimed at dissuading Tehran from pursuing a nuclear weapon. “The goal of these efforts is not to hurt the Iranian people but to get the government to abandon its potential nuclear ambitions,” she said.

Mexico Institute in the News: Like U.S., Mexico faces contentious presidential election

Jan 25, 2012
The main issues for presidential candidates to focus on in Mexico right now include increasing income and decreasing violence.

Latin American Program in the News: Lopez bows out of Venezuela presidential race

Jan 25, 2012
"Lopez was running far behind in the polls, and the Supreme Court's defiance of the decision by the Inter-American Court left a big cloud of uncertainty over Lopez's future, even if he were to come out ahead," said Cynthia Arnson, director of the Latin America program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington. "Capriles has been the front-runner for some time, so the endorsement will continue to bolster his campaign."
Egyptian protesters in Alexandria

Egypt in Transition: The Role of Women, Military Leadership, and the Challenges to Come

Jan 25, 2012
Egypt stands at a crossroads. Following recent parliamentary elections, the country appears to be gradually democratizing, yet tough questions remain, especially regarding the role of the historically dominant military. On The Diane Rehm Show on Tuesday, USIP-Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar Robin Wright and former Fellow Samer Shehata spoke to Egypt’s near-term challenges, the role of women in the political process, and whether the military will cede power to new civilian leadership.

Latin American Program on the news: Why would Colombia's FARC sell cows?

Jan 25, 2012
"FARC has been under unrelenting military pressure for over a decade," said Cynthia Arnson, the director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington. "But FARC is still an enormously wealthy insurgent organization because of revenues from the drug trade. It still retains a capacity to commit acts of violence and harm people."