- 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 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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Juan Nagel ponders the effect of decades of chavismo on Venezuela’s work ethic.
Mischa Benoit-Lavelle reports on the rising protest movement in Algeria.
Mohamed Eljarh covers on the catch-and-release kidnapping of Libya’s prime minister.
Melinda Haring and Arzu Geybullyeva explain why Azerbaijan’s presidential election underlines the need for assistance to civil society.
Christian Caryl argues that the Commonwealth of Nations should do more to bolster its role as a promoter of democracy around the world.
And in Democracy Lab‘s latest collaboration with Princeton’s Innovations for Successful Societies, Rachel Johnson and Tumi Makgetla look at how South Africa was able to erase the physical borders of apartheid.
And now for this week’s recommended reads:
Human Rights Watch issues a detailed report documenting a massacre of civilians by Syrian rebels. Der Spiegel presents an interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. (The image above shows Syrian rebels stationed on the front line in the northeastern city of Deir Ezzor.)
In a special in-depth report, Reuters reporters explain why Egypt’s Interior Ministry, not the military, was the real force behind the toppling of Mohamed Morsi’s government. The International Foundation for Electoral Systems analyzes the role of elections in Egypt’s transition and presents recommendations for a path forward to democracy. And International IDEA and The Center for Constitutional Transitions at NYU Law examine Egypt’s 2012 constitution and how it might be revised in order to ensure a democratic future.
The Cato Institute’s Ilya Somin considers the threat posed to democracy by an electorate that revels in its own political ignorance.
Writing for The Turkey Analyst, Gareth Evans takes a critical look at the "democratizing" legislative reforms proposed by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an.