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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.

East European Studies Short-term Research Scholarships

May 02, 2013
The Wilson Center's European Studies Program is now accepting applications for the EES Short-term Grant competition, which is open to academic experts and practitioners, including advanced graduate students, engaged in specialized research requiring access to Washington, DC and its research institutions. Grants are for one month and include residence at the Wilson Center. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, in order to be considered eligible for this grant opportunity. The deadline for this grant cycle is: June 1, 2013.

Digital Archive Featured as Educational Resource

May 01, 2013
The Wilson Center's new Digital Archive of declassified documents is being featured as an educational resource around the web.

Serbia and Kosovo: A European Success Story?

Apr 29, 2013
Frances Trix, Wilson Center fellow and professor of linguistics and anthropology at Indiana University, discusses the history, principles and implementation of the Agreement Governing the Principles of Normalization of Relations Between Kosovo and Serbia, signed in Brussels on April 19, 213. Trix's analysis of the Agreement was first published in a guest column for Informed Comment.

NPIHP Announces Summer 2013 Nuclear Boot Camp Participants

Apr 29, 2013
The Nuclear Proliferation International History Project is please to announce the participants of the 2013 Nuclear Boot Camp in Allumiere, Italy, 26 June - 6 July 2013.

How Geography Explains the United States

Apr 19, 2013
National security in the U.S. has been a topic widely discussed after the explosions in Boston. Aaron David Miller explains how the geography of the U.S. -- with "non-predatory neighbors to its north and south and fish to its east and west" -- has shaped American politics and values throughout its history.

Ukrainian Historians Post 10,000 Documents on the Internet

Apr 17, 2013
The new digital archive ("D-Archive") of the Ukrainian Center for Research on the Liberation Movement (CDVR) allows for free access over the Internet to more than ten thousand digitized copies of documents from Ukrainian archives.

CWIHP Book Series "A Distant Front in the Cold War" Reviewed on H-Net

Apr 16, 2013
"A Distant Front in the Cold War: The USSR in West Africa and the Congo, 1956–1964" by CWIHP Fellow Sergey Mazov and published by the Wilson Center Press was reviewed on H-Net by Anne-Kristin Hartmetz.

Database on Inter-Korean Relations

Apr 15, 2013
Using fresh and policy-relevant historical data, the Database on Inter-Korean Relations informs and supports current and future efforts to reunify peacefully the Korean Peninsula and achieve reconciliation in post-unification Korea.

New Digital Archive Highlighted in Numerous Blogs

Apr 08, 2013
The Wilson Center's new Digital Archive was mentioned in over a dozen history, library science and law blogs.

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