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June 2, 2017

Brazil’s Most Underreported Reform Battle

With all of the turbulence in Brazil, observers can be forgiven for ignoring a potentially paradigm-shattering initiative that picked up speed last month: reducing politicians’ court privileges. So…

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February 10, 2017

The Future of Lava Jato and Brazil’s Reform Agenda

The tragic January airplane crash that killed Justice Teori Zavascki, a member of Brazil’s highest court (the Supremo Tribunal Federal, STF), has given President Michel Temer an opportunity to seize …

Brazil's President Michel Temer attends the inauguration ceremony of new Ministers, at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, February 3, 2017 (Reuters/Adriano Machado).

September 2, 2016

Brazil Must Rebalance Its Approach to Cybersecurity

Robert Muggah is the research director of the Igarapé Institute, an independent think tank based in Rio de Janeiro. Nathan B. Thompson is a researcher at Igarapé. When Brazil attends the Group of 20…

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January 16, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Djotodia Goes But Chaos in the Central African Republic Remains

This is a guest post by Emily Mellgard, research associate for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Studies program. Michel Djotodia’s long held political aspirations came to an ignominious end l…

Anti-balaka militiamen pose for a photograph on the outskirts of the capital of the Central African Republic Bangui January 15, 2014.

October 3, 2012

Politics and Government
Georgia’s Election Brings New Hope for Democracy

More than two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Republic of Georgia passed an important democratic milestone this week when the opposition party won the  parliamentary elections and…

Supporters of the opposition Georgian Dream coalition celebrate exit poll results in Tbilisi. (David Mdzinarishvili/ courtesy Reuters)

February 16, 2005

HAITI: Current Upheaval

This publication is now archived. What’s next for Haiti?After weeks of violent upheaval to protest his rule--and mounting international pressure for him to step down--President Jean-Bertrand Aristide…

May 31, 2011

International Organizations
BRICS, or Straw Men? Why the Next IMF Head Will Be European

France's Finance and Economy Minister Christine Lagarde shakes hands with Brazil's Central Bank President Alexandre Tombini during a meeting in Brasilia on May 30, 2011 (Ueslei Marcelino/ Cou…

BRICS, or Straw Men? Why the Next IMF Head Will Be European