Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, February 17, 2014

Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, February 17, 2014

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Juan Nagel reports on the worsening protests in Venezuela after three are killed in the chaos.

Mohamed El Dahshan analyzes Egypt’s worrying culture of mob violence.

Asma Ghribi warns that overreach by the security forces is undermining Tunisia’s hard-won democratic institutions.

Mohamed Eljarh looks at the growing political role of Libya’s senior Muslim cleric.

Robert Looney argues that Jamaica, once an economic basket case, is poised for growth.

Christian Caryl explains why the younger generation isn’t inherently a force for democratic change.

Cristina Odone reports on the European Union’s upstart democracy promotion program.

And finally, Mikhail Mordasov captures moments in the everyday life of Sochi that Olympic visitors are likely to miss.

And now for this week’s recommended reads:

International Crisis Group warns that Burma’s upcoming census is likely to reignite ethnic tension.

In Foreign Affairs, Democracy Lab contributor Mara Revkin explains how a little-known provision in Egypt’s new constitution lays the legal foundation for a police state.

A new International IDEA film profiles citizen-led democracy assessments in the restive Philippine region of Mindanao.

Writing for the Atlantic Council, Mohsin Khan argues that Arab Spring countries must develop market-oriented policies to improve standards of living. In another report for the Council, Mirette F. Mabrouk and Stefanie A. Hausheer conclude that citizens in the Arab Spring countries remain surprisingly optimistic about the chances for genuine change despite recent setbacks.

Democracy Digest surveys reactions to Reporters Without Borders’ latest World Press Freedom Index, which found that free expression is in danger in autocracies and democracies.

Writing for the New Yorker, Andrey Slivka provides historical context for the continuing protests in Ukraine.

The Economist tells the story of Argentina’s slow decline as a lesson to transitioning countries.

In the Irrawaddy, Andrew R. C. Marshall investigates how a Thai crackdown on human trafficking might send victims right back into smuggling networks.

(In the photo above, Turkish riot police fire tear gas and water cannons at protesters demanding the release of jailed army officials.)