Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, February 24, 2014

Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, February 24, 2014

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Christian Caryl worries that Ukraine’s regional divides mean that the opposition’s triumph isn’t the end of the story. Alexander J. Motyl argues that talk of Ukraine’s divides is exaggerated.

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.

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems answers frequently asked questions ahead of Libya’s Constituent Assembly elections. Democracy Digest rounds up analysis after the vote.

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.)