Democratic Transition News

Latin American Program in the News: Time is right, but past failures haunt Colombia peace talks

Aug 30, 2012
Santos has made ending the conflict a goal of his administration, and the challenge has been operating under conditions that are conducive for meaningful talks and not for a charade.

Latin American Program in the News: Colombia exploring peace talks with FARC

Aug 30, 2012
The Colombian government says it has embarked on “exploratory talks” with rebel commanders to end one of the world’s oldest armed conflicts.

Latin American Program in the News: Is Colombia's conflict coming to an end?

Aug 30, 2012
Director Cynthia Arnson was invited onto Al-Jazeera to discuss the negotiations with FARC insurgents begun by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

Latin American Program in the News: Would Another Peace Accord Help Central America?

Aug 28, 2012
Director of the Latin America Program Cynthia Arnson was asked to comment on the Esquipulas II Peace Accords and the possibility of an Esquipulas III.

Don’t Fear All Islamists, Fear Salafis

Aug 21, 2012
Not all Islamist political parties are to be feared, but an extremist strain called the Salafis have a warped vision of a new order in the Middle East, writes Robin Wright in The New York Times.
Alma Lama Women in Public Service Project Delegate

Women in Public Service Project Delegate Proposes Law to Kosovo Parliament

Aug 21, 2012
Alma Lama, a member of parliament in Kosovo and a delegate at the Inaugural Women in Public Service Project Summer Institute at Wellesley College, recently drafted and proposed a law to her parliament regarding journalists' rights.

Latin American Program in the News: Central American peace accord celebrates 25 years, but has it brought peace?

Aug 09, 2012
Twenty-five years have passed since the Esquipulas peace agreement signing, which ended political turmoil but did not lead to peaceful societies.

New Book by Former Wilson Center Fellow

Jul 03, 2012
Former Wilson Center Fellow Samer Shehata is the editor of a newly published book: Islamist Politics in the Middle East: Movements and Change (Routledge). Shehata wrote the book’s introduction and one of the chapters entitled “Political Da‘wa: Understanding the Muslim Brotherhood’s Participation in Semi-Authoritarian Elections.” He was a Fellow at the Center in 2008-2009.

Syria Action Group Plan May Only Add to Muddle

Jul 03, 2012
Distinguished Scholar Aaron David Miller writes that right now, the conflict in Syria is less amenable to outside intervention than at any point since it began, precisely because it’s owned — as only a struggle for survival can be — by the parties waging it, not by the members of the Action Group on Syria.

Can There be Shared Power in Egypt?

Jun 28, 2012
Aaron David Miller talks with Morning Edition Host Steve Inskeep about the transition of power in Egypt to newly-elected President Mohammad Morsi.

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