Governance Publications

Citizen Science and Policy: A European Perspective

Feb 05, 2015
Citizen Science and Policy: A European Perspective, written by Dr. Muki Haklay of University College London, examines European citizen science projects to understand how they can support or influence public policy (and how policy can support or constrain citizen science). The report concludes with suggestions for how projects around the world can be structured to meet policy goals—for example, through strategic partnerships, and by developing guidelines to facilitate the use of citizen science data.

A Mexican Utopia: The Rule of Law is Possible

Jan 27, 2015
The Mexico Institute is pleased to publish a new book by Wilson Center Global Fellow Luis Rubio, A Mexican Utopia: The Rule of Law is Possible. The proposal of the book is very simple, and appears utopian, thus its title: the President makes the Rule of Law his own and decides not to violate its elementary principles for the sake of expediency.

Violence and Citizen Participation in Mexico: From the Polls to the Streets

Jan 09, 2015
This paper provides a broad view of political participation in the midst of Mexico's current security crisis, with the goal of understanding the effects of violence on civic activism. This paper is a continuation of the series "Building Resilient Communities in Mexico: Civic Responses to Crime and Violence."

Addressing the Concerns of the Oil Industry: Security Challenges in Northeastern Mexico and Government Responses

Jan 06, 2015
The December 2013 Constitutional Reform and August 2014 secondary legislation to permit private investment in Mexico’s oil and gas sector represents significant opportunities for private oil and gas companies. While overall geopolitical risk landscape in Mexico is low, cartel-related violence and other criminal activities continue to draw concern from international oil companies and other foreign investors. This paper analyzes the Mexican Government’s response to recent threats to and attacks against energy infrastructure and personnel in Tamaulipas and Veracruz.

Arctic Borders Still Aren't Settled

Dec 10, 2014
Even with the world's longest peaceful border and advanced mapping capabilities, Canada and the United States disagree about where their Arctic border begins and ends, specifically in the Beaufort Sea.

Report of Activities 2011-2013

Oct 02, 2014
The Brazil Institute releases the 2011-2013 Report of Activities
Captive Society: The Basij Militia and Social Control in Iran by Saeid Golkar

Captive Society: The Basij Militia and Social Control in Iran

Sep 11, 2014
In Captive Society, Saeid Golkar surveys Iran’s paramilitary Basij organization, from its history, structure, and relation with the Revolutionary Guard to its roles in society, the economy, and the educational system.
Photo by Jurij Skoblenko

Ukraine’s Difficult Path toward a More Transparent Government

Sep 08, 2014
Interview with Oksana Nesterenko, Former Kennan Institute Fulbright Scholar, and Associate Professor, National University “Yaroslav the Wise Law Academy of Ukraine,” on September 4, 2014. Kennan Institute Project "Protection of Whistleblowers and Education Programs as Strong Guarantees for Transparent Government."

Addressing Religious Violence in sub-Saharan Africa

Sep 01, 2014
Recent events in several sub-Saharan African countries raise concerns that religiously motivated violent conflict is on the rise. Perpetrated mainly by a number of extremist religious groups claiming Islamic or Christian identity, which has escalated during the last decade, this phenomenon is becoming one of the main challenges to peace and security on the African continent and requires renewed attention from policymakers at the national and international levels. The U.S. government (USG) should pay particular attention given the United States’ commitment to religious freedom, as exemplified in its adoption of the International Religious Freedom Act in 1998. Addressing the issue of religious violence in sub-Saharan Africa requires not only a multi-level policy approach, but also the development of a holistic framework that will enable analysts and scholars to address the complexity of its causality, since religious violence is never only about religion.

Women’s Access to Power and Decision-Making in Africa: Addressing Obstacles and Offering Solutions

Sep 01, 2014
There is widespread agreement that equal access to power and decision-making for men and women is fundamental to representative and responsive governance. This has been highlighted in governance and development discourses against a background of women’s unequal and limited access to public office. Women’s substantive representation in political positions is crucial to closing the gender gap in decision-making structures. Within Africa, tremendous strides have been made towards improving women’s political inclusion in recent years.