- By Christian CarylChristian Caryl is the author of Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century. A former reporter at Newsweek, he is a senior fellow at the Legatum Institute (which co-publishes Democracy Lab with Foreign Policy) and is a contributing editor at the National Interest. He is also a senior fellow at the Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books., Neha PaliwalNeha Paliwal is the Editorial Assistant for Democracy Lab.
Ben Bland argues that Vietnam’s economic miracle is losing steam, and makes the case for why the Communist Party is to blame.
Gamze Coskun explains why Turkey’s rhetoric about promoting democracy in the Middle East lags behind its capabilities.
Karen Coates reports on why Cambodians would like to see Obama defend their human rights.
Juan Nagel explains why Venezuelans vote the way they do.
Min Zin offers a few helpful tips to President Obama in his dealings with Burma.
And now for this week’s recommended reads:
Seamus Martov explains why conflict and cronyism in Burma are hurting tigers as well as people.
The United States Institute of Peace presents a valuable new report on the politics of security sector reform in Egypt.
Morten Jerven argues that bad statistics are misleading us about the health of African economies.
The Cairo Review of Global Affairs offers an interview with former U.S. Ambassador, Ryan Crocker on the Iran and Syria crisis and what we can learn from Iraq and Afghanistan.
At The Monkey Cage, James Fearon wonders why it’s so easy to seize power in certain African states.
The FT’s Jonathan Kay shares his thoughts on the motives behind rent-seeking.
Aidan Hartley tells the story of a successful London restaurateur who returned to his home in Somalia to show the flag against the Islamists of Al-Shabaab.
The International Crisis Group presents a paper detailing possible paths out of the crisis that Egyptian politicians now find themselves in.