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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."

Call for Papers: European Summer School on Cold War History

Jan 25, 2012
Fourth Annual European Summer School on Cold War History at the Università di Trento, 5-8 September 2012
People stand on a bridge overlooking the river Nile.

Return to Tahrir Square: Political Uncertainty, Military Unrest Color Protests

Jan 24, 2012
Egyptians mark the first anniversary of the revolution that toppled former dictator Hosni Mubarak—an uprising centering on Cairo’s iconic square that prompted hopes of a new and democratic politics. Just back from a research trip to Egypt, Distinguished Scholar Robin Wright gives a first-hand impression of the country’s political situation, reporting on protests against the military and the recent parliamentary elections.

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