- 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 El Dahshan explains why Egyptians don’t seem to be worried about their country’s abysmal rankings in competitiveness.
Daniel Lansberg-Rodríguez tracks the Venezuelan government’s reaction to a recent episode of the U.S. TV show Homeland.
Anna Nemtsova reports on the recent race riots in Moscow and considers their implications for the future.
Michael Cecire argues that the lack of big personalities in Georgia’s pending presidential election is a sign of progress.
Juan Nagel analyzes the claim that Venezuela is the one of the world’s riskiest markets for investors.
And now for this week’s recommended reads:
Writing for Foreign Policy, H.A. Hellyer forecasts the likely players in Egypt’s next presidential election.
The International Crisis Group’s new report tracks the fragmentation of Syria’s opposition.
The Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) analyzes the reasons behind the failure of a recent series of pro-democracy protests in Morocco.
Reporting for Vice, Hannah Lucinda Smith recounts her run-in with al Qaeda’s teenage fan club in rebel-held Syria.
Henrik Serup Christensen proposes to tackle the problem of political apathy by designing more open institutions.
On openDemocracy, Edin Dedovic argues that the success of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s soccer team offers a useful model for the reform of corrupt institutions.
And finally, Josh Ruxin’s new memoir, A Thousand Hills to Heaven, tells the story of a couple struggling to rediscover a sense of community in post-genocide Rwanda.
(The photo above shows Maldivian citizens and police joining together in prayer last Friday — despite continuing political unrest in the country.)