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December 8, 2017

Elections and Voting
Elections 2018 Ten Elections to Watch in 2018

Millions of people around the world voted in elections this year. The French elected Emmanuel Macron president, while South Koreans elected Moon Jae-in president. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani won …

December 15, 2016

Americas
July 28, 2016 (Reuters/Guadalupe Pardo). Latin America’s Wide-Open Electoral Season

Half of the eighteen nations of Central and South America will hold presidential elections over the next two years.[1] The number of elections is not unprecedented, but the degree of uncertainty is, …

October 28, 2016

China
bringing-international-pressure-to-bear-on-nicolas-maduro-lam Bringing International Pressure To Bear on Nicolás Maduro

[This post was co-authored with John Polga-Hecimovich*. It is the third of a series that begins with this post.] The collapse in Venezuela has many potential costs: democratic regression in Latin Am…

June 30, 2015

Mexico
Mexico’s Economic Divide

Mexico’s national GDP numbers remain lackluster. In 2014, the country grew 2.1 percent, and forecasts for 2015 predict a modest 3 percent increase. Yet these numbers mask the great diversity within a…

April 5, 2017

Mexico
Play RTSWLOT_EC.jpg A Look Inside Mexico

Experts delve into the domestic politics of Mexico, analyzing the impact of corruption, the drug war, and Mexico’s bilateral strategy with the United States following disagreements over immigration, …

May 26, 2015

China
Play RTR4AP49_EC.jpg The Future of Free Expression in China

Experts discuss the future for free expression and creative independence in China.

October 4, 2012

Drug Policy
Paradigm Shift: Efforts to Reform Drug Policy

Gil Kerlikowske, director of the National Drug Control Policy, discusses global drug policy, including a new emphasis on programs that recognize drug addiction as a disease of the brain instead of a …

October 4, 2012

Drug Policy
Paradigm Shift: Efforts to Reform Drug Policy

Director Kerlikowske will discuss the state of global drug policy, including a new emphasis on programs that recognize drug addiction as a disease of the brain instead of a moral failure, trends in d…

March 10, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Mugabe, Qaddafi, and Gbagbo: Strongmen Circling Their Wagons Mugabe, Qaddafi, and Gbagbo: Strongmen Circling Their Wagons

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe attends the plenary session of the Africa-South America Summit in Margarita Island September 27, 2009. (Jorge Silva/Courtesy Reuters) It appears Zimbabwe’s Rob…

August 23, 2011

United States
Dictator’s Survival Guide Dictator’s Survival Guide

Libya's leader Qaddafi listens to Venezuelan President Chavez during the plenary session at the Africa-South America Summit on Margarita Island (Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Courtesy Reuters). Today, …