Democratic Transition News

Latin American Program in the News: Insulza urges U.S. to accept Cuba at Summit of the Americas

Apr 25, 2012
“The fact that we have talked about Cuba so much demonstrates that this is a problem of the United States”, said Insulza during a conference at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. “Is it worth keeping an artificial situation for the rest of the countries in the region, and indeed, defend a policy that has had no success in 50 years?”, he questioned in relation to the trade embargo that Washington imposed on the communist island in 1962. (In Spanish)

Mexico Institute in the News: Security 'quagmire' for Mexican presidential candidates

Apr 18, 2012
Many Mexicans are weary of the sharp rise in violence that has accompanied Calderón's military-led strategy against drug traffickers. So why aren't presidential hopefuls offering alternatives?

Authorities Detain Nabeel Rajab at Cairo International Airport

Apr 11, 2012
2011 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award Winner Nabeel Rajab was told by security personnel at the Cairo International Airport that he is banned from entering Egypt.

Obama busca mayor cooperación con Brasil pese a diferencias sobre Irán y Cuba

Apr 08, 2012
Paulo Sotero, director of the Brazil Institute, discusses Brazil-US relations

Tunisia’s Islamists Struggle to Rule

Apr 05, 2012
David Ottaway, a senior scholar at the Wilson Center, has recently returned from Tunisia. This piece is an overview of his observations of current challenges faced by Tunisia’s leadership.

Political Demography at the Monterey Institute of International Studies

Apr 05, 2012
Jack Goldstone, Richard Cincotta, Jennifer Sciubba, and Geoff Dabelko spoke at the Monterey Institute for International Studies on key developments in political demography.

East European Studies Junior Scholars' Training Seminar

Apr 04, 2012
The European Studies program is now accepting applications for its Junior Scholars' Training Seminar - a scholarship opportunity for graduate students (MA and above) working towards a degree in the social sciences and humanities with a regional focus on Central and Eastern Europe, including the Baltic states. The application deadline has been extended until May 18, 2012.

Democratic Reforms in the Western Balkans Can Benefit from the EU and NATO Accession Processes

Feb 07, 2012
European Studies Senior Associate Nida Gelazis was recently quoted in the Italian on-line newspaper Affaritaliani assessing the benefits of European enlargement in the Western Balkans. In an article by Massimiliano Santalucia titled "The Balkan countries break into Europe. Montenegro and Serbia in the EU Soon," Gelazis discussed the pros and cons of admitting the former Yugoslav countries to the EU.

Call for Nominations: 2012 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award

Jan 17, 2012
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars welcomes nominations for the 2012 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award.

Taiwan to Hold Pivotal Elections on January 14

Jan 17, 2012
A commentary on the January 14 elections in Taiwan by East Asia Program Associate Bryce Wakefield.

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