- 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.
Alexander Motyl examines a terrorist how-to guide compiled by a pro-Russian separatist in Ukraine.
Vibhanshu Shekhar argues that Indonesia’s hotly contested presidential election actually reveals the resilience of the country’s democratic institutions.
Ram Mashru looks at the Indian government’s new attack on nongovernmental organizations.
Robert Looney explains the seeming contradiction between Nigeria’s economic success and the plague of homegrown terrorism.
Juan Nagel assesses the deep divides within Venezuela’s opposition.
And now for this week’s recommended reads:
In the latest Journal of Democracy, Anton Shekhovtsov and Andreas Umland explain how Ukraine’s radical nationalists got involved in a movement advocating European integration; Nadia Diuk asks how Euromaidan has reshaped Ukraine’s cultural identity; and Omar G. Encarnación argues that democracy is an apparent prerequisite for gay rights.
Democracy Digest maps out the implications of the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines 17 for European and world politics.
Human Rights Watch berates the Thai military junta for carrying out forced evictions and arbitrary arrests in the countryside.
Syria Justice and Accountability Center tells the grim story of a Syrian groom whose bus went astray on the way to his wedding, ultimately landing him in government prisons. (In the photo above, residents of Aleppo walk through dusty streets shortly after a government air strike.)
The Irrawaddy reports on the five journalists who have just received 10-year prison sentences for revealing an alleged chemical weapons factory in central Burma.
Ben Bland, writing for the Financial Times, explains how techies have used crowdsourcing to determine the true winner of Indonesia’s disputed presidential.
Writing for Time, Hannah Beech questions whether China’s new corruption investigation will do any good.
Lawrence Ezrow and Timothy Hellwig, writing for the Monkey Cage, find that politicians are torn between reacting to the market and acting on the behalf of voters.