Democratic Transition News

Brazil-Africa Leadership Forum 2013

Nov 14, 2013
On November 27, This is Africa and the Financial Times, in partnership with the Brazil Institute and Africa Program will host a forum on the growing partnership.

The Military vs. the Islamists

Nov 04, 2013
Political Islam in Egypt has suffered a tremendous blow, its biggest setback since its emergence as a formidable ideology and political movement in the early 20th century. But it is not yet clear if other Islamist groups, particularly Salafi groups such as the Nour Party, are in or have benefited from the Brotherhood’s declining fortunes.

Latin American Program in the News: Reforma hacendaria es una oportunidad perdida por autoridades, señala analista

Oct 31, 2013
Director Cynthia Arnson is interviewed by Terra.mx regarding her views on the missed opportunities for big taxation changes in Mexico after the new administration took office. She discusses the lack of political will for important changes and discusses the more modest reforms that occured instead. This article is in Spanish.

Brazilian Philanthropy Forum

Oct 25, 2013
On Thursday, October 24, the director of the Brazil Institute, Paulo Sotero, spoke at the second annual Brazilian Philanthropy Forum in Sao Paulo. Mr. Sotero took part in the Closing Plenary: Phianthropy and Citizen Voice.

Angela Kocze to Receive the 2013 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award

Oct 21, 2013
Angela Kocze, a leading Hungarian Roma rights activist and scholar, is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor with the Department of Sociology at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, as well as a Research Fellow at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Tunisia’s Islamist-Led Democracy Founders

Oct 18, 2013
Tunisia’s ruling Islamic party, Ennahda, has made repeated compromises on religious issues to meet secularist demands for a new constitution, according to Woodrow Wilson Senior Scholar David Ottaway. But Ennahda’s moderate leadership has lost secularist trust by showing too much deference to its own militant Islamic wing and fundamentalist Salafis outside the movement.
Nobuo Fukuda

Springtime In Asia? An Interview with Nobuo Fukuda

Oct 01, 2013
As part of his presentation, Springtime in Asia, Senior Scholar Nobuo Fukuda sat down with the Asia Program for an interview.

Obama Outlines Strong US Role in Middle East at UN

Sep 24, 2013
President Barack Obama outlined his past and future policies toward the Middle East in his September 24 U.N. General Assembly speech. He committed to ensuring the free flow of oil from the region to world markets, dismantling terrorist networks, and stopping the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. He also promised that the United States would “continue to promote democracy, human rights, and open markets” to achieve peace and prosperity in the Middle East.

Report: Majority of Libyans Support Islamic Law

Sep 20, 2013
A majority of both Libyan men and women prefer Islamic law to be adopted as a main source of governance rather than the sole source, according to a new survey by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). Some 54 percent of women think Sharia law would improve women’s rights, compared with 68 percent of men.

The Zardari Legacy

Sep 13, 2013
Zardari's legacy will be the strengthening of the democratic process. Out of office, he can now work on rebuilding the PPP so that the party can seek a mandate from the people during the next election to actually govern and deliver -- something it was not allowed to do last time, writes Farahnaz Ispahani.

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