- By Christian CarylChristian Caryl is the editor of Democracy Lab, published by Foreign Policy in conjunction with the London-based Legatum Institute. A former reporter at Newsweek, he's also the author of Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century. He is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and a contributing editor at the National Interest. , 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.
Peter Bartu and Andrew Grant spot a glimmer of democracy in Cambodia, as the ruling party and opposition make a deal.
Christian Caryl looks at the strange world of Pentecostal Christianity in Rwanda.
Anna Nemtsova experiences the traumas of eastern Ukraine through the eyes of local civilians.
Farah Samti reports on efforts to bring women to the polls for Tunisia’s presidential election.
Mohamed Eljarh explains why Libya’s Islamists are feeling squeezed at the ballot box and on the battlefield.
And, in case you missed it, Juan Nagel mourns the likely end of one of Venezuela’s final independent newspapers.
And now for this week’s recommended reads:
The International Center for Transitional Justice warns that the lack of a proper justice and reconciliation process is threatening Burma’s democratic transition.
Writing for the Atlantic Council, Karim Mezran asks whether Morocco’s slow, monarch-led reform process is a better alternative to revolutionary change.
Human Rights Watch excoriates the Thai military junta for launching a crippling censorship campaign, arbitrarily arresting dissidents, and passing an undemocratic constitution in the two short months since the coup. (In the photo above, Muslim men embrace during Eid al-Fitr celebrations in southern Thailand.)
In the Washington Post, Elmira Bayrasli argues that democracy alone cannot bring peace.
The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy launches a new project to track terror and counter-terror attacks in Egypt. The Christian Science Monitor‘s Louisa Loveluck finds that the Egyptian police have brought back the negligent and abusive practices that inspired Mubarak’s ouster — but this time no one is protesting.
Antônio Sampaio, writing for Survival, points to the rising protest movement in Brazil as evidence that even democracy and lack of extremism can’t guarantee political stability.
World Resources Institute explains how strengthening indigenous rights mitigates climate change.
And, in the wake of Joko Widodo’s victory in Indonesia’s presidential election, Noelan Arbis of the National Bureau of Asian Research interviews Harvard scholar Gunawan Wicaksono about the likely prospects for economic reform.