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Is Bashar al-Assad Finished, for Real, This Time, Again?

May 01, 2015
Is Bashar al-Assad on his way out? Aaron David Miller interviews the University of Oklahoma’s Joshua Landis and the Atlantic Council’s Fred Hof (formerly Obama’s special advisor for the Syrian transition), two of the finest analysts of Syrian politics.

The Saudi Royal Family Shakeup

Apr 30, 2015
"The House of Saud, one of the world’s largest and richest royal families, experienced a quiet coup within its ranks shortly before dawn on Wednesday.... The shakeup, which concentrates power in a conservative wing of the vast royal family, could shape policy in the world’s largest oil exporter for decades," writes Robin Wright.

A More Peaceful and Prosperous Honduras?

Apr 30, 2015
This article from the Council on Hemispheric Affairs reports on the speech delivered by President Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras at the Wilson Center.

Iran Hard-Liners’ Newest Obsession: Cohabitation

Apr 29, 2015
"There is a yawning gap between many Iranians’ lives, or the lives they aspire to live, and the "Islamic" norm some authorities insist prevails in society," writes Haleh Esfandiari.

How The Media Became One of Putin's Most Powerful Weapons

Apr 27, 2015
"As a former KGB officer and head of the KGB’s successor agency, the FSB, Putin knows the value of information. His concept of the media, however, is a far cry from the First Amendment. For him, it’s a simple transactional equation: Whoever owns the media controls what it says," writes Jill Dougherty.

Gubernatorial Elections in Mexico: The Polls

Apr 27, 2015
In this infographic, the Mexico Institute analyzes the published polls of some Mexican states holding gubernatorial elections in 2015.

The Law and the Loophole

Apr 27, 2015
In this Expert Take, Veronica Ortiz Ortega discusses the issue of political parties looking for loopholes in laws regulating the campaigns.

The Absentee

Apr 27, 2015
In this Expert Take, Global Fellow and Advisory Board Member Luis Rubio discusses the lack of economic growth in Mexico, stating "The great absentee in recent decades has been economic growth."

Another Mexican Utopia: Building a Merit-Based Society

Apr 24, 2015
In this Expert Take, Arturo Franco discusses the benefits of creating a merit-based society in Mexico. This view is presented as an alternate "Mexican Utopia" to the one portrayed in Luis Rubio's recently published book "A Mexican Utopia: The Rule of Law is Possible."

“Una Centroamérica convulsa es una amenaza para EUA”

Apr 23, 2015
President Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras is quoted from his speech at the Wilson Center. This article is in Spanish.

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