- 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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Duncan McCargo untangles the class conflict at the heart of Thailand’s current political turmoil.
Daniel Lansberg-Rodríguez explains how Venezuela’s clumsy censorship efforts actually encouraged international attention to the continuing protests.
Sheila Fruman makes the case that Pakistan’s efforts to work with the Taliban are undermining democracy.
Alexis Zimberg and Christian Caryl interview a leader of the Circassian anti-Olympic protests Putin tried to keep out of the news.
Shannon K. O’Neil notes that Mexico is ready to take the next step toward reforming its economy — but that crime, violence, and corruption stand in the way.
And Anna Nemtsova shows that having the wrong opinion about the Sochi Olympics can get you labeled a "traitor."
And now for this week’s recommended reads:
In a report for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Thomas Carothers and Saskia Brechenmacher track a worrying trend that seeks to undermine democracy and human rights across the world.
In an excerpt from his new book, The Second Arab Awakening, Marwan Muasher argues that Arab Spring countries must tolerate dissent and embrace diversity.
Writing for Foreign Affairs, Diane Coyle continues the attack on the concept of "Gross Domestic Product," explaining why she regards it as an imperfect measure for economic growth and competitiveness.
In Tunisia Live, Hager Almi describes the slow death of small businesses in post-revolution Tunisia.
In Jadaliyya, Hesham Sallam urges observers and activists to rethink "democratic revolution" in light of Egypt’s far from perfect transition.
Writing for the Irrawaddy, Kavi Chongkittavorn asks whether Burma is serious about media freedom after the authorities arrest four journalists.
And in Business Insider, Jens Erik Gould analyzes the economic woes that have fuelled Venezuela’s protests. (In the photo above, Venezuelans flood the streets after the arrest of opposition leader Leopoldo López.)