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Afghan Elections Result in Runoff

May 15, 2014
Michael Kugelman speaks to DW English about the upcoming runoff election in Afghanistan.
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Beyond the Current Crisis: The Big Picture in Venezuela

May 08, 2014
Demonstrators in Venezuela blame President Nicolás Maduro for "mismanaging" the economy of the oil-rich country and have said they will continue protesting until he resigns. But problems such as lack of security, high crime rates, and frustration with the country's poor economic situation did not begin when Maduro took office. In this edition of CONTEXT, Margarita López Maya looks at the big picture in Venezuela. How did it get to this point and what will it take to solve problems that have persisted for many years?

Latin American Program in the News: "Crimen organizado en América Latina se sustenta en las estructuras del estado y es un negocio en expansión"

May 02, 2014
Latin American Program Global Fellow Juan Carlos Garzón is quoted in this article, which draws upon his article "The Rebellion of Criminal Networks: Organized Crime in Latin America and the Dynamics of Change," which was published by the Wilson Center. This article is in Spanish.

Directions for Brazil-United States Relations

Apr 29, 2014
A summary of testimony given by Paulo Sotero, director of the Brazil Institute, at a public hearing on Directions for Brazil-United States Relations before the Federal Senate of Brazil.

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.

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