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The Near-Instant Death of Russia’s Constitution

This article is an abridged and edited translation of this Russian-language original

As President Vladimir Putin wound up his annual address to the Federal Assembly, many Russian analysts and political commentators breathed a sigh of relief: relief that a long-standing problem showed signs of finally being resolved as Putin’s intentions came more fully into view.

Мгновенная смерть Конституции России

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Putin’s Cosmetic Constitutionalism


President Vladimir Putin’s January 15, 2020, annual state of the nation address put forward a burst of proposed constitutional changes. The reforms included rebalancing of the 1993 constitution’s division of powers, expanding the power vertical, and limiting the position of international law within the Russian judicial system. Putin’s speech was immediately followed by the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and the emphatic announcement that the dialogue on Russia’s future constitutional structure had begun.

What to Look for in 2020: The Year Ahead in Asia

Alliances in Crisis

Eighth Annual U.S.-Mexico Security Conference: Taking Stock of Mexico's Security Landscape One Year On

The Wilson Center's Mexico Institute was pleased to host its eighth annual Mexican security review. The forum examined the pressing security challenges Mexico faces, such as the record number of homicides in 2019, and how it plans to respond. Other topics covered included efforts to fight corruption and impunity; trends in security and migration enforcement on Mexico's southern border; the status of U.S.-Mexico security cooperation; and how illegal drug markets are evolving in Mexico and the United States.

AfPak File: What's Next As Anti-Government Protests Expand Across Pakistan

Recent weeks in Pakistan have seen the emergence of a new anti-government movement demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Led by politician Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the movement, known as the Azadi March, arrived in Islamabad late last month.

Rehman has recently announced that the movement will end its sit-in in Islamabad and focus its efforts outside of the capital. What is the Azadi March all about, what are its implications for Pakistani politics, how much of a threat does it pose to the Pakistani government, and what might be coming next?

Asset Recovery of Grand Corruption: Lessons from Romania

This event is co-sponsored by the Wilson Center's Rule of Law Initiative.

Romania continues to confront major hurdles in its struggle against deep-rooted, longstanding corruption.  In July 2019, for example, the Romanian parliament significantly weakened the country’s anti-money laundering laws, thereby making it easier to legalize the proceeds from corruption and other criminal activities.  Judge Camelia Bogdan will assess the main barriers to reforming Romania’s anti-money laundering legislation and fighting corruption in Romania.