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Anatomy of a Political Crisis: Born in the USSR

Jan 10, 2014
Anyone following the current developments can provide an explanation for what has been going on. Some people refer to the geo-strategic battles between East and West; others,to the launching of the 2015 election campaign; some refer to Yanukovych’s pathological hatred of Tymoshenko; and still others claim that another global redistribution of spheres of influence and capital is taking place. All of these opinions are probably valid and each of them makes sense to a certain extent, but only to a certain extent.

Геополітичний наступ Росії: можливості та реалії

Jan 10, 2014
Історія засвідчує: якщо після радикальних змін в системі міжнародних відносин не створюються надійні інструменти та механізмів підтримання нової конфігурації, раніше чи пізніше спостерігаються спроби деяких учасників системи порушити баланс сил. Одним із інструментів таких дій може розглядатися геополітичний наступ, що полягає у відновленні контролю над втраченими територіями та сферами впливу, і це, зрештою, приводить не лише до відновлення, але й підвищення статусу в міжнародній системі.

The Efficiency of Managing Social Life under Multi-Actor Decision-Making

Jan 10, 2014
The efficiency of public administration, or in other words managing social life, greatly depends on the way of elaborating, adopting, and implementing administrative decisions. Among the factors that determine the characteristics of the system of administrative decision-making there are the number and the status of actors that take part in this process, their professional competence, their connections with social groups they represent, and other aspects.

Анатомія політичної кризи: народжена в СРСР

Jan 10, 2014
Кожен, хто спостерігає за нинішніми подіями в Україні, має їм своє пояснення. Одні говорять про геостратегічні битви між Заходом і Сходом, інші про початок виборчої кампанії 2015 р., ще інші про патологічну ненависть Януковича до Тимошенко, а треті про черговий глобальний перерозподіл сфер впливу та капіталу. Мабуть, усі ці точки зору мають право на існування і кожна з них єпочасти вірною, однак, лише почасти.

Ion Ratiu Democracy Awardee, Angela Kocze, Speaks for VOA's Press Conference USA

Dec 26, 2013
Roma rights activist Angela Kocze, 2013 recipient of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Ion Ratiu Democracy award, talks about ongoing discrimination and prejudice against the Roma population in Europe on VOA’s Press Conference USA.

Latin American Program in the News: Mexican cartels use social media

Dec 19, 2013
Cartel thugs have become increasingly savvy with social media: posting photographs and videos of themselves decapitating victims with chainsaws and machetes; wielding gold-plated assault weapons; pouting in sexy poses; and warning civilians not to snitch on them.

Historical Perspective on the Purge of Jang Song Thaek

Dec 17, 2013
The December 2013 purge and execution of Jang Song Thaek, who was often described as the No. 2 in North Korea, came four months after the ruling Korean Worker’s Party announced that the Ten Points of the Monolithic Ideological System, the basic tenets of the unitary leadership system in North Korea, had been updated for the new leader, Kim Jong Un.

Latin American Program in the News: How Bogota's trash trouble became a national crisis

Dec 13, 2013
Cynthia Arnson comments on the removal of Gustavo Petro, Bogota's mayor and a former M-19 guerrillero, and how it could undermine general trust in the political system as a democratic arena for conflict resolution and political participation by leftist parties.

Latin American Program in the News: Un respaldo capital para el proceso de paz

Dec 11, 2013
This article discusses Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos' recent visit to Washington, D.C. Most sectors in Washington see Colombia as having had tremendous success in the past decade, although there is much less optimism in Colombia. Cynthia Arnson discusses the high-level talks and gives an analysis of perceptions in Colombia. This article is in Spanish.

Latin American Program in the News: U.S. Vows Support for Colombia Peace Talks

Dec 06, 2013
Cynthia Arnson discusses the status of peace talks between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC), the largest guerrilla organization in the country.

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