Democracy Lab Weekly Highlights, April 13, 2012

Democracy Lab Weekly Highlights, April 13, 2012

In "Pictures at a Revolution," Luke Allnutt explores how visualizations of social media data can help to track the dynamics of social upheaval.

Oliver Kaplan and Michael Albertus argue that land reform holds the key to drying out the drug trade in Latin America.

In his weekly column, Christian Caryl wonders whether the planners of NATO intervention in Libya paid sufficient attention to the possible side-effects of their actions.

And Greg Rushford explains why state-owned enterprises in Vietnam (see photo above) and Malaysia are holding back economic development in the region.

And from our blogs:

Jackee Budesta Batanda sees a political awakening among young people in Uganda.

Endy Bayuni examines the growing dysfunction of political institutions in Indonesia.

Franciso Toro reflects on the unlikely tale of a chavista’s fall from grace.

Min Zin analyzes Aung San Suu Kyi’s options as she and her National League for Democracy enter parliament in Burma.

Mohamed El Dahshan asseses the Muslim Brotherhood’s attempt to monopolize the drafting of the next Egyptian constitution.

And now for this week’s recommended reads:

In his article "Leave Room for the Unbelievers," Commentator Hussein Ibish explains why the Arab Spring has yet to fulfill the promise of genuine religious freedom.

Washington Post commentator Fred Hiatt criticizes U.S. President Barack Obama for not doing enough to defend pro-democracy movements around the world.

In its latest survey of the prospects for economic development in Asia, the Asian Development Bank arrives at the conclusion that rising inequality is the biggest threat to the region’s prosperity.

In an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, John Stifton of Human Rights Watch takes Malaysia’s prime minister to task for claiming that other Southeast Asian countries can take the credit for recent reforms in Burma. The International Crisis Group offers a handy overview of the past year of political change in that country.

The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea released its second report on the gulag system in North Korea.

Alex Thurston, author of Sahel Blog, argues that NATO’s intervention in Libya was a mistake.

Chinese novelist Ma Jian assails the British government for its decision to invite Beijing’s censor-in-chief to the London Book Fair.

And in a piece for FP‘s AfPak Channel, Anjana Ravi and Eric Tyler describe how "mobile money" can help to combat corruption in Afghanistan.