- By 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., 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.
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Jeffrey Sachs, responding to his opponents in a long-running debate, makes the case that well-managed development aid can eradicate poverty and disease. William Easterly, in his rebuttal, insists that the debate really is over — and that the traditional model of aid simply hasn’t delivered.
Erica Marat explains why Ukraine’s riot police are part of the problem in that country’s burgeoning crisis. (In the photo above, anti-government protesters throw Molotov cocktails over barricades in Kiev’s central square.)
Firat Demir warns that the actions of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan are undermining democratic institutions.
Juan Nagel tells the strange tale behind the current feud between international airlines and Venezuela’s government.
Mohamed Eljarh reports on Libya’s efforts to reboot its tourism industry.
And Christian Caryl outlines the challenges that come with booming growth (and population) in Africa.
And now for this week’s recommended reads:
In its annual Freedom in the World report, Freedom House presents in-depth analysis of the state of democracy around the globe — and the conclusions it draws are less than heartening.
The Guardian and CNN publish details of a dramatic report detailing evidence of "systematic killing" under Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
Oxfam International issues a startling study of global economic inequality and its effects on the developing world.
In Foreign Affairs, Annabelle Chapman profiles the three leaders of Ukraine’s Euromaidan protests.
Writing for the Washington Post, Michele Dunne and Thomas Carothers reject the notion that Egypt is "transitioning to democracy." In a report for the Atlantic Council, Amy Hawthorne argues that the United States can still do much to promote progress toward democracy in Egypt despite the current setbacks there.
In another Atlantic Council report, Karim Mezran and Duncan Pickard outline some of the challenges that currently threaten the drafting of Libya’s constitution.
The Institute of Modern Russia documents the struggle of Russia’s political prisoners in its new special project.
In its World Report, Human Rights Watch shows how the Thai government’s failure to censure the perpetrators of horrific human rights violations is only abetting additional abuse.
And finally, Democracy Lab editor Christian Caryl and Stanford democracy expert Larry Diamond participate in an online debate on the fate of global democracy sponsored by the Economist.