- 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., Prachi VidwansPrachi Vidwans is the assistant editor at Democracy Lab. She holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology from New York University, and has worked at several nonprofits, including Henry Street Settlement and Common Cause/NY. Specializing in political violence and human rights, Prachi has conducted extensive research on topics ranging from Occupy Wall Street to post-conflict community organization in Peru.
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Mohamed Eljarh reports on the backlash in Libya after U.S. special forces snatch a suspected terrorist off the streets of Tripoli.
Anna Nemtsova analyzes Russian reactions to a court’s draconian sentencing of an international crew of Greenpeace activists on piracy charges.
Christian Caryl looks at the obstacles that stand in the way of the world’s girls.
Juan Nagel charts the tricky terrain of foreign investment in Venezuela’s oil fields.
Silvana Toska explains why the words "free and fair" no longer mean what they used to.
And Morten Jerven argues that Africa’s future depends (in part) on improving the quality of economic data.
And now for this week’s recommended reads…
FP‘s Marc Lynch argues that it’s time for the Obama Administration to rethink its democracy promotion policies in the Middle East.
The International Crisis Group reports on the worsening anti-Muslim violence in Burma. (In the photo above, a Muslim man inspects the smoking ruins of a vandalized mosque in Rakhine state.)
NYU’s Center for Constitutional Transitions argues why it’s vital for new democracies to establish the principle of constitutional review.
In its new report on prosperity in Africa, the Legatum Institute finds that things are looking up for the continent’s economies.
Alexey Malashenko, writing for the Carnegie Moscow Center, urges Russia to revise its policies on the Middle East.
The National Interest‘s Frank Salameh explains how Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is using ethnic cleansing to help his cause.
Human Rights Watch’s Hanan Saleh reports from Libya on a general state of lawlessness that is imperiling the rights of an increasing number of citizens.
The National Endowment for Democracy interviews Moisés Naím about his new book on the evolution of democracy and power.