We are pleased to present this fourth issue of the newsletter for the CSIS-IYF Youth, Prosperity, and Security Initiative. This has been a busy winter for the Initiative, full of public events, roundtable discussions, and publications.
Turkish voters head to the polls on March 30 in local elections which have effectively been transformed into a test of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s support in the country.
Last weekend (March 9), Salvadorans voted in the country’s runoff elections to choose the next president of El Salvador. And today (March 13), the country’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) officially declared Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN) candidate Salvador Sánchez Cerén the victor in the highly contested election.
Colombia’s 2014 legislative elections resulted in a demonstrable weakening of President Juan Manuel Santos’s governing coalition, in favor of former president Alvaro Uribe’s new Centro Democrático.
The World Bank noted, in a 1989 report, that “underlying the litany of Africa’s development problems is a crisis of governance.” Although matters have improved since 1989, lower debt and more democracies for example, good governance is still elusive and a major impediment for greater development. This is equally true of other regions.
Last week, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin turned a three-month long, mainly domestic political crisis in Ukraine, which appeared headed to resolution, into a full-blown international crisis.
In January 2014, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), with sponsorship from NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT), hosted a Transatlantic Forum to advance solutions to critical issues facing the alliance. Entitled “Rebalancing and Reinforcing the Transatlantic Bond,” the Forum solicited candid perspectives and generated innovative ideas to assist NATO
Over the last 30 years, the private sector has emerged as an indisputable driver of global development. The prominence of the private sector is no exception in Canada: looking at some of the most significant Canadian industries (e.g., mining and telecommunications), it is clear that a considerable part of Canada’s economic future lies in emerging economies.
After months of tension, outbreaks of horrific violence, and political concessions, we have witnessed an extraordinary transformation of Ukraine, as the symbolic Maidan Nezalezhnosti—or Independence Square—has transitioned from protest zone to war zone to uneasy political truce.
This month's edition of the International Security Program's electronic publication includes:
From the Director's Chair
By Kath Hicks
Managing Turkey Ties in Tough Times
By Sam Brannen
Moving from Squabbling to Debate: The Opportunity of the FY15 Budget Request