Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, November 5. 2012

Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, November 5. 2012

M. Steven Fish and Katherine E. Michel explain why Tunisia is taking the right approach to establishing democractic institutions.

Anne Applebaum explores the motivations for people to support authoritarian regimes.  

Dalibor Rohac argues that religion isn’t necessarily the key to understanding the success of Islamist parties in the MENA region.

Endy Bayuni explains the tensions underlying recent violence among Indonesian migrants.

Peter Passell introduces the Legatum Institute’s 2012 Prosperity Index.

Mohamed El Dahshan mourns the recent follies of the Egyptian military.

Jackee Batanda reports on the corruption scandal that has soured Uganda’s relations with foreign aid donors.   

And now for this week’s recommended reads: 

David Rieff attacks the assumptions behind America’s democracy promotion agenda.

The Arabist provides alternate sources of English versions of the new Egyptian draft consitution — with a bit of arch commentary along the way.

Amrit Dhillon criticizes the Indian government’s restrictions on morphine for the poor.

At The Monkey Cage, Joshua Tucker offers a handy overview of Ukraine’s parliamentary elections and what they tell us about the Ukraine’s continued drift toward authoritarianism.

Writing for The Irrawaddy, Burmese journalist Aung Zaw explains why the resurgence of ethnic conflict in northwestern Burma bodes ill for the next phase of reforms.

At Jadaliyya, Basma Guthrie and Fida Adely explain why the Jordanian government is tightening the screws on the domestic media.

Foreign Policy’s own Marc Lynch writes on the burgeoning dissatisfaction in Kuwait.

Writing for, Paul Rogers argues that western intervention in Mali would be a gift to Al Qaeda.

Democracy Digest offers a useful situation report on the state of democratic institutions in Tunisia.

[The photo above shows Cubans lining up to receive government coal rations in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.]