- 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.
In his contribution to Democracy Lab’s series of Lab Reports on Tunisia, Fadil Aliriza finds that the country’s media are still in need of serious reform.
Nazila Fathi explains why Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani hasn’t been able to deliver on his promises of liberalization at home even as he conducts nuclear talks with the West.
Oliver Kaplan examines the Colombian government’s new drug-fighting plan, which could put it at odds with the United States.
Mohamed Eljarh lauds a step forward for the rule of law in Libya after the Supreme Court finds that its prime minister was elected in an unconstitutional vote.
Christian Caryl fact-checks Hillary Clinton’s claim that the liberalization of Burma represents one of her greatest successes as secretary of state.
And now for this week’s recommended reads:
In the National Interest, John Allen Gay delivers a withering verdict on America’s democracy promotion industry.
On the Monkey Cage, Daniel Treisman reflects on how the world has changed since the fall of communism 25 years ago.
A new report from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace warns that pervasive corruption can pose a serious threat to international security.
International Crisis Group finds that continuing conflict between Huthis and rival groups in northern Yemen threatens the country’s young transition. (In the photo above, a Yemeni family eats in the dark after gunmen attack main power lines in Marib.)
On World Policy Blog, Lara Pham explains how the World Cup has made Brazil’s once-democratic sport less of an equalizer.
May Jeong of the New York Times visits Kabul’s TV Hill, a "microcosm of a nation divided," ahead of Afghanistan’s second-round elections.
Human Rights Watch looks at Egypt’s recent history and finds it rife with human rights abuses.
Writing for Vanity Fair, Molly Crabapple faults American supporters of foreign dissidents for neglecting domestic political critics.
And, in case you missed it, Daniel Lansberg-Rodríguez, writing for the Atlantic, asks whether citizens should have a right to rebel.