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Latin American Program in the News: Colombia exploring peace talks with FARC

Aug 30, 2012
The Colombian government says it has embarked on “exploratory talks” with rebel commanders to end one of the world’s oldest armed conflicts.

Latin American Program in the News: Is Colombia's conflict coming to an end?

Aug 30, 2012
Director Cynthia Arnson was invited onto Al-Jazeera to discuss the negotiations with FARC insurgents begun by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

Latin American Program in the News: Would Another Peace Accord Help Central America?

Aug 28, 2012
Director of the Latin America Program Cynthia Arnson was asked to comment on the Esquipulas II Peace Accords and the possibility of an Esquipulas III.

Latin American Program in the News: Protecting Julian Assange: What’s in it for Ecuador?

Aug 24, 2012
Director Cynthia J. Arnson discusses why she thinks Rafael Correa has been so protective of Assange.

Don’t Fear All Islamists, Fear Salafis

Aug 21, 2012
Not all Islamist political parties are to be feared, but an extremist strain called the Salafis have a warped vision of a new order in the Middle East, writes Robin Wright in The New York Times.
Alma Lama Women in Public Service Project Delegate

Women in Public Service Project Delegate Proposes Law to Kosovo Parliament

Aug 21, 2012
Alma Lama, a member of parliament in Kosovo and a delegate at the Inaugural Women in Public Service Project Summer Institute at Wellesley College, recently drafted and proposed a law to her parliament regarding journalists' rights.

Putin's First 100 Days

Aug 20, 2012
Much like American Presidents, the first 100 days of Vladimir Putin’s third term as President of Russia has revealed many of his policy priorities and set the tone for the remainder of his term. Though Putin used his inaugural address to proclaim a “new” Russian development Will Pomeranz, deputy director of the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute, argues in a Wilson Center paper that “on closer inspection [it] looks much like the old one, with the Russian state defending its interests above those of its people.”

Paulo Sotero discusses historic corruption case underway in Brazil

Aug 10, 2012
Paulo Sotero, director of the Brazil Institute, discusses with CCTV America Brazil's ongoing corruption trial

Latin American Program in the News: Central American peace accord celebrates 25 years, but has it brought peace?

Aug 09, 2012
Twenty-five years have passed since the Esquipulas peace agreement signing, which ended political turmoil but did not lead to peaceful societies.

Brazil could break the mold in anti-graft battle

Aug 09, 2012
"What we are seeing here is institutions that work," says Paulo Sotero, director of the Brazil Institute, on the Brazilian supreme courts corruption trial.

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