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An Update on the Colombian Peace Process with U.S. Special Envoy Bernard Aronson

We spoke with U.S. Special Envoy Bernard Aronson, following the announcement that the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) had reached major breakthroughs on the outstanding issues in the peace process negotiations (transitional justice, disarmament, and a timetable for signing a final agreement). He provides context on how agreement was reached and what comes next.

Guatemalan President Stripped of Immunity

In an historic move, Guatemala’s legislature has stripped President Otto Perez Molina of immunity. Latin American Program Associate Director, Eric Olson, provides an overview of the situation.

Brazil After President Rousseff’s U.S. Visit

President Dilma Rousseff’s approval and popularity ratings continue to remain low even after her recent meeting with President Obama. If the trip to the U.S. did provide a bump for the President, it was short-lived and has wilted in the face of political and economic realities in Brazil. Brazil Institute Director Paulo Sotero explains the situation President Rousseff faces provides insights on what it might take to turn things around. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

From War to Peace: In Search of Transitional Justice

When a country moves from conflict to peace, the transitional period includes a desire for justice that can take many forms. Arnaud Kurze’s research project explores the creation of “alternative transitional justice spaces” in post-conflict contexts, particularly concentrating on the role of art and the impact of social movements to address human rights abuses. Drawing on the former Yugoslavia, post-Mubarak Egypt and post-authoritarian Tunisia, he scrutinizes the work of contemporary youth activists and artists to deal with the past and foster sociopolitical change. In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, we speak with Kurze about his findings

Southern Voices Network: Security and Stability Through Africa-US Relations

The Southern Voices Network, a consortium of 15 research and policy organizations from across Africa, recently met at the Wilson Center to discuss a range of issues that included peace building and development. Five participants in the conference provide CONTEXT on what’s on the agenda between Africa and the U.S., and also share thoughts on how the United States can more effectively work with various African nations.

Colombia’s Peace Process: Measuring Public Opinion and Expectations for Transitional Justice

FARC negotiator Pablo Catatumbo said that the recent deadly army raid represented a “step back,” but that the progress made since Colombia’s peace process talks began in 2012 should not be “thrown overboard.” So negotiations continue in spite of tensions and setbacks. A new survey conducted by researchers from Georgia State University seeks to inform the process by providing information on public opinion regarding transitional justice, trust, and overall support for negotiations. One of the researchers, and a Wilson Center Fellow provide context on the findings and their relevance to ongoing attempts to reach an agreement.

U.S. China Policy: Accommodate or Double Down?

Two recent reports have triggered a discussion surrounding the evolution of US policy toward China. The fundamental choice confronting policymakers is whether to respond to China’s rise by accommodating its ambitions or to challenge the People’s Republic by attempting to reassert or double down on American preeminence in the Asia-Pacific region. Kissinger Institute Director Robert Daly explains the options during this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

UK Elections 2015: David Cameron’s Big Win

In this interview, Global Fellow Michael Geary provides analysis on the surprisingly big win for David Cameron and his party. He discusses the outcome and implications for Scotland and the European Union.

U.S. Decline or the Rise of the Rest: Is The American Century Over?

In his new book, Is the American Century Over?, world renowned foreign policy analyst, Joseph Nye, tackles that big question and concludes that theories of U.S. decline may be premature. He argues that while America’s super power status is being challenged by the “rise of the rest” and other realities, that doesn’t necessarily mean that we are entering a post-American world. And Wilson Center President , Jane Harman proposes that it might be more accurate to think of America as the “indispensable partner” instead of as the “indispensable nation.” Their discussion provides the focus for this edition of REWIND.

Serving the Largest Immigrant Population in the U.S.

On this edition of Wilson Center NOW, we spoke with Ambassador Alejandro Estivill about the role of the Mexican Embassy and the range of services available.