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A Positive Surprise in Afghanistan

Apr 21, 2014
Senior Scholar Marvin Ott discusses the recent elections in Afghanistan.

A Crisis of Democracy in Bangladesh

Apr 21, 2014
Former Asia Program Public Policy Scholar Ali Riaz examines the background of the controversial elections in Bangladesh held in January 2014 and the future trajectory of Bangladeshi politics in a new article in Current History.

Latin American Program in the News: "Viva el Populísmo? The Tense Future of Latin American Politics"

Apr 21, 2014
Drawing on their 2013 book "Latin American Populism in the Twenty-First Century," Latin American Program Director Cynthia J. Arnson and Carlos de la Torre examine recent political developments in Latin America in this article in Foreign Affairs.

What Afghanistan's Relatively Peaceful Election Tells Us About the Taliban

Apr 11, 2014
After weeks of relentless attacks by the Taliban many feared that the Afghan election would be a very bloody one. Yet, the 7 million people who turned out to vote largely escaped harm. Here's the likely explanation.

2014 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award: Call for Nominations

Apr 07, 2014
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars welcomes nominations for the 2014 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award. The purpose of the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award (IRDA) is to bring visibility and international recognition to the ideas, ideals and accomplishments of individuals around the world who are working on behalf of democracy. The event expresses the deep commitment to democracy of the late Ion Ratiu through his contributions as a Romanian politician as well as his interest in democratic change worldwide.

4 Reasons Elections Won't Fix Afghanistan

Apr 03, 2014
No matter how free, fair, credible, and legitimate the election ultimately is (or is not), Afghanistan has a long way to go before it becomes a more stable state. Here are four reasons why.

Latin American Program in the News: "Venezuela Outlook Q&A"

Mar 27, 2014
Latin American Program Director Cynthia J. Arnson is quoted in this article about Venezuela's future.
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Turmoil in Venezuela: An Update

Mar 19, 2014
As civil unrest continues in Venezuela, we asked Latin American Program Director, Cindy Arnson, for an update on the sometimes violent situation. She provides insight into what’s happening, the government’s response, and whether or not the situation can be resolved any time soon.

A Restart of the Stunted Relations with the U.S.

Mar 19, 2014
Paulo Sotero, Director of the Brazil Institute, presents his views on the stunted relations between Brazil and the U.S.

Is the Worst Yet to Come?

Mar 13, 2014
It suddenly seems that Bangladesh may be on the verge of repeating an older version of its history, the attempt to create a one-party authoritarian state 40 years ago, writes William Milam.

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