Transitions

Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, July 14, 2014

Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, July 14, 2014

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Marc Plattner wonders whether the current age of democratic transitions may be nearing its end.

Antônio Sampaio analyzes the political fallout from Brazil’s epic World Cup fail.

Vera Mironova and Valerie Hopkins explain why Ukrainian civil society organizations are lending a hand to the beleaguered military.

Terra Lawson-Remer argues that redistributing revenues from Libya’s oil wealth is just what’s needed to consolidate the transition to democracy.

Mohamed Eljarh reports on the latest battle among militias for control of Libya’s main airport.

And now for this week’s recommended reads:

Ben Bland of Financial Times looks at the election dispute in Indonesia and assesses its likely impact on the country’s continuing transition.

Democracy Digest examines the obstacles still facing Burma on its path to liberal democracy. The New York Times’ Thomas Fuller covers the predicament of Burma’s Chinese Muslim minority as ethnic tensions deepen.

The Daily Beast‘s Josh Rogin reports on Movements.org, a new site attempting to crowdsource human rights.

Writing in The South China Morning Post, Jean-Pierre Lehmann argues that it’s time for the countries of the West to stop lecturing the rest of the world on democracy.

Brookings’ Ted Piccone offers advice to the new U.N. human rights commissioner on how to maximize his effectiveness on the job.

The International Crisis Group issues a report examining the challenges that still face Bosnia. (The picture above shows survivors from the Srebrenica massacre mourning relatives on the 19th anniversary of their deaths.)

And finally, The Sunday Times’ Katie Glass profiles the women of Egypt’s lone roller derby team — and describes their fight for the right to skate.