Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, June 2, 2014

Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, June 2, 2014

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Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Erica Frantz argue that autocrats have more to fear from popular uprisings than from coups — and that western policymakers should take note.

Erica Chenoweth and Stephen Zunes make the case that nonviolent resistance is the best strategy for preserving Ukraine’s unity against threats from Russia.

Jonathan Schienberg profiles Bashar al-Masri, a Palestinian businessman who believes that the path to democracy runs through an economic empowered middle class.

With an eye to President Obama’s recent foreign policy speech, Mohamed Eljarh indicts the American failure to support Libya’s transition.

Sam Kimball examines Tunisans’ rising fears about the threat of extremist contagion from Libya.

And now for this week’s recommended reads:

In a new Atlantic Council report, Mohsin Khan and Karim Mezran ask how Algeria has managed to avoid the Arab Spring — and whether it can continue to do so without undertaking major reforms.

Joshua Kurlantzick, writing for the Council on Foreign Relations, looks at the decline of democracy in the Southeast Asian countries and its repercussions.

Human Rights Watch reports on the institutional features that distort Bahrain’s judicial system, sentencing peaceful protesters to life in prison while abusive cops roam free. (In the photo above, Bahraini activists participate in an anti-regime protest in Abu Saiba.)

Writing for the Irrawaddy, Aung Naing Oo considers what Burma can learn from the political upheaval in Thailand.

In her report for Politico Magazine on last week’s Ukrainian presidential election, Sarah A. Topol examines the irony behind voters’ choice of an oligarch for president after months of protests against the oligarchic system.

In the Washington Post, Liz Sly explains how a succession quandary is revealing dissent within Saudi Arabia’s royal family.

Atlantic Council’s Rafat al-Akhali maps out key considerations for Yemen’s shift to federalism.

Finally, authors from the Legatum Institute in London, the Center for Development and Enterprise in Johannesburg, the Center for Policy Research in New Delhi, and the Instituto de Estudos do Trabalho e Sociedade in Rio de Janeiro present the results of Democracy Works, a project that explores three examples of democratic development from the global south: Brazil, India, and South Africa.