The Wilson Center and Democratic Transition
Mar 07, 2014
Latin American Program Director Cynthia J. Arnson is quoted in this article about the El Salvadoran presidential runoffs. more
March 17, 2014 // 11:30am — 1:00pm
The panelists consider how a range of domestic and regional changes in the Middle East have generated new challenges for U.S. diplomacy. This event is the 6th and final in a series of presentations on “Reshaping the Strategic Culture of the Middle East.” more
Feb 26, 2014
On February 24, Sheikh Rachid al Ghannouchi outlined how Tunisia avoided a political crisis and drafted a constitution despite tension between Islamists and secularists. “In Tunisia, we are learning how to live together and deal with conflicts between secularists and Islamists,” he said at meeting at the U.S. Institute of Peace. more
Latin American Program Director Cynthia J. Arnson is quoted in this article about the El Salvadoran presidential runoffs.
On February 24, Sheikh Rachid al Ghannouchi outlined how Tunisia avoided a political crisis and drafted a constitution despite tension between Islamists and secularists. “In Tunisia, we are learning how to live together and deal with conflicts between secularists and Islamists,” he said at meeting at the U.S. Institute of Peace.
Since it became an independent state 23 years ago, Ukraine has been looted by its structure of government at all levels and those close to it. The word “corruption” is not adequate to present-day Ukraine, and in fact, distorts reality.
Sectarian tensions have become a major part of political life in the Gulf Arab states, particularly in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait. Shiites in each state suffer varying degrees of religious discrimination and political marginalization. Tensions are typically portrayed as a spillover effect of sectarian strife elsewhere in the region or Iran’s deliberate incitement of local Shiite communities. But they are only part of the story.
March 17, 2014 // 11:30am — 1:00pm
The panelists consider how a range of domestic and regional changes in the Middle East have generated new challenges for U.S. diplomacy. This event is the 6th and final in a series of presentations on “Reshaping the Strategic Culture of the Middle East.”
January 30, 2014 // 9:00am — 12:30pm
A review of 2013 and looking forward to the 2014 elections in Latin America.
January 27, 2014 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Past post-conflict justice processes in the Balkan region were comprised of a variety of protagonists, such as governments, international institutions, and civil society. Mechanisms to cope with mass atrocities committed during the conflict in the 1990s included international trials in The Hague, domestic trials in many of the former states of Yugoslavia, and several truth commission attempts. In recent years there has also been a rise in youth activism to confront war crimes.
Shaping U.S.-Brazil Relationship After the Snowden Affair: A Conversation with Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon
The Brazil Institute is pleased to launch a special report on the Dec. 19 event with Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon
This 2013 Elections Guide features all of the presidential and legislative elections this year, covering election cycles in twelve countries for a total of fifteen. Notably, there are entries for President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta’s electoral conquest after a year of instability in Mali, President Robert Mugabe’s successful re-election bid in Zimbabwe, as well as future presidential contests in Guinea-Bissau and Madagascar.
The Second Democratic Transition in Mexico: Efforts, obstacles and challenges to Mexico in the quest for a comprehensive, coordinated, consistent form of accountability
During the last decade, Mexico has implemented a comprehensive set of institutional reforms to combat discretion, inefficiency and corruption. After the successful efforts beginning in the last decades to build a new electoral system that allowed a peaceful transition from a single party regime to a pluralist democracy, the public agenda began focusing on challenging the traditional way to exercise authority gained in the polls. This text is a brief summary of the set of changes and challenges Mexico has faced during this period as well as of the vigorous debate on how to build complete, articulate, and coherent accountability in the country.
We once again convene our Middle East roundtable with a look at the recent Iranian election results and what the outcome could mean for the U.S. relationship with the Islamic Republic. Joining us are Haleh Esfandiari, David Ottaway and Afshin Molavi.
We convene our Africa Roundtable for a discussion of the ways in which technology is stimulating impressive economic development on the African continent with Steven McDonald, Tim Kelly, and Nmachi Jidenma.
William Pomeranz, Acting Director of the Kennan Institute, discusses political and economic trends in post-Soviet countries. Lauren McCarthy, research scholar with the Kennan Institute, discusses continuing problems with human trafficking and slave labor in the Russian Federation.
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, University of Richmond.
Aleksandra Sznajder Lee is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Richmond. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Richmond she was a post-doctoral fellow at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute, a lecturer at Yale University’s Department of Politica...
Regional Director of Africa, International Foundation for Electoral Systems