Democratic Transition News

Latin American Program in the News: US eyes better ties with Venezuela, post-Chavez

Jan 16, 2013
Dr. Cynthia J. Arnson discusses how a transition from Chavez could open the way for better ties between the US and Venezuela.

Latin American Program in the News: Washington’s diplomatic tiptoe with Caracas

Jan 16, 2013
Eric Olson commented on the tense diplomatic and commercial relationship between Venezuela and the US while highlighting the interest of the US to see that Venezuela’s democratic transition is preserved and built upon.

Latin American Program in the News: Venezuela Confronts Political Uncertainty as Ailing Chavez Misses Inauguration

Jan 16, 2013
Cynthia Arnson comments on how that country is preparing for the potential of a power struggle amid intense secrecy over the president's health.

Latin American Program in the News: VOA - “Venezuela vive una semana crucial en medio de incertidumbres”

Jan 16, 2013
Cynthia Arnson expounded briefly upon the nebulous political situation within Venezuela due to Hugo Chávez's absence and the ambiguity of the country's Constitution. (In Spanish)

Latin American Program in the News: Hugo Chavez Health 'Stable,' Venezuela Government Says

Jan 16, 2013
Dr. Cynthia J. Arnson commented on Hugo Chávez health and the emotional sensation that his absence is having in Venezuela.

Latin American Program in the News: Sudamérica

Jan 16, 2013
Dr. Cynthia J. Arnson was quoted in El Diario for commenting on the cohesive impact of Chávez's charisma, internal fissures within chavismo and the challenges of corruption and lack of citizen security within Venezuela. (In Spanish)

Latin American Program in the News: DirectoUSA - Relaciones EE.UU.- Venezuela

Jan 16, 2013
Dr. Cynthia J. Arnson commented briefly on the political uncertainty that President Hugo Chávez's absence is generating in Venezuela and weighed in on the U.S. government's commitment of non-intervention in Venezuelan internal affairs.

Turmoil in Tunisia Two Years Later

Jan 16, 2013
The second anniversary of Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution reflected the deepening political divisions across the North African country. Five different political factions—two Islamist and three secular parties—took to the street of Tunis on January 14 to mark the ouster of former President Zine al Abidine Ben Ali. They had starkly different messages.

Egypt: Interview with Mohamed Morsi

Jan 14, 2013
In an interview with CNN, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi called for Syrian President Bashar Assad to be tried for war crimes at the International Criminal Court. Morsi also pledged to respect Egypt’s treaty with Israel while supporting Palestinian efforts to attain “their full-fledged rights.” He outlined his new attempt to reconcile Hamas and Fatah, the two dominant Palestinian parties that have split up the West Bank and Gaza since factional fighting in 2007.

In 2013, Rise of the Right in Elections Across the Mideast

Jan 03, 2013
In 2013, millions of Israelis, Iranians, and Arabs will vote in at least 10 pivotal elections that will, in turn, address basic issues facing the Middle East. These countries have vast political, religious, ethnic, and economic differences. But most confront a common trend—the rise of the right or the religious right—that will influence elections as well as policies both at home and in the broader region.

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