Governance News

Crime Violence in Mexico: Is the Tide Turning?

Jun 26, 2013
Recent government statistics suggest that an almost decade long focus on reducing crime related violence in Mexico is working. But do the numbers accurately depict what’s really happening? Are the efforts of the new administration and its recent predecessors improving public safety and helping to change the country’s image? Our guest, David Shirk, has been following the situation for many years and offers a broad perspective on what’s gone before, the current situation, and prospects for the future during this edition of CONTEXT.

Scorecard: Islamist Successes and Failures

Jun 25, 2013
Islamists have won unprecedented political power In the Middle East since the 2011 uprisings, notably in Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco. Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi marks his first year in office on June 30, 2013. Nathan Brown analyzes the Islamist scorecard. “Despite electoral victories, Islamists have not yet figured out how to wield political power,” he concludes.

Ongoing Protests in Brazil

Jun 24, 2013
The Brazil Institute follows the ongoing protests in Brazil.

Iran Election Update

Jun 21, 2013
The Middle East Program offers the latest news on the Iranian presidential election of June 2013, based on a selection of Iranian news sources. The Iran Election Update is a daily summary of up-to-date information with links to news in both English and Farsi. It includes the latest developments and analysis of news about the upcoming election.

The Woodrow Wilson Center Announces 2013 – 2014 Fellowship Class

May 30, 2013
Jane Harman, director, president & CEO of the Wilson Center, is pleased to announce the members of the 2013-2014 fellowship class. The 21 fellows, most of whom are expected to start September 2013, include scholars and practitioners from the United States, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, the Netherlands, and New Zealand.

How to Soothe the Friction with China

May 29, 2013
In an article in The Indian Express, Asia Program Director Robert M. Hathaway argues that risk management and reduction should be a priority in Sino-Indian diplomacy following a potentially dangerous military standoff in Kashmir earlier this spring.

Latin American Program in the News: Regional gov'ts urged to modernise tax system

May 22, 2013
An article on the release of the Inter-American Development Bank's new taxation report, "More than Revenue," hosted at the Wilson Center.

The Logic and Limits of Political Reform in China

May 07, 2013
In the 1990s China embarked on a series of political reforms intended to increase, however modestly, political participation to reduce the abuse of power by local officials. Although there was initial progress, these reforms have largely stalled and, in many cases, gone backward. If there were sufficient incentives to inaugurate reform, why wasn't there enough momentum to continue and deepen them? This book approaches this question by looking at a number of promising reforms, understanding the incentives of officials at different levels, and the way the Chinese Communist Party operates at the local level. The short answer is that the sort of reforms necessary to make local officials more responsible to the citizens they govern cut too deeply into the organizational structure of the party.

Latin American Program in the News: What role will Latin America have in world affairs/global governance in the future?

Apr 30, 2013
Director Cynthia J. Arnson commented on the role that Latin America will play on the global stage in the coming years.

Latin American Program in the News: Assessing U.S.-Venezuela Relations After Very Close Election Favors Maduro

Apr 16, 2013
Cynthia Arnson discusses the elections in Venezuela with Ray Suarez, PBS Newshour, and Marc Weisbrot, Center for Economic and Policy Research.

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