Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, July 7, 2014

Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, July 7, 2014

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Christian Caryl reflects on the complicated legacy of the genocide in Rwanda.

Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez compares notes with blogger Yoani Sánchez about the common problems of Venezuela and Cuba.

Lim Li Min reports on the difficulties faced by the LGBT community in Malaysia.

Mohamed Eljarh scrutinizes the efforts of the United Nations to mediate negotiations about Libya’s political future.

David Brenner analyzes the factors behind the rise of Burma’s ultranationalist Buddhist militia, the Arakan Army.

And now for this week’s recommended reads:

As Indonesia gears up for its presidential election on July 9, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems offers a handy set of answers to frequently asked questions. Brice Turner of the National Bureau of Asian Research interviews Karl Jackson on the future of Indonesian democracy. And Randy Fabi and Kanupriya Kapoor of Reuters analyze the tricky political alliance built by leading candidate Prabowo Subianto. (The picture above shows Indonesian voters getting revved up at a presidential rally.)

The Center for Constitutional Transitions at NYU Law presents two reports assessing constitutional reform efforts in the wake of the Arab Spring.

Writing in New Republic, Michael Hobbes draws lessons from the monumental traffic jam also known as the capital of Bangladesh.

Democracy Digest dissects Vladimir Putin’s claims that there is no one right way for a country to govern.

Writing for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Ashraf El-Sherif details the problems that led to the political demise of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.

On Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Antoine Blua take a critical look at the life of former Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze, who died on July 7.

David Pilling of Financial Times sums up the debate on GDP and wonders whether it’s time to put the concept to bed.