Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, August 17, 2015

Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, August 17, 2015

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In the sixth of Democracy Lab’s anti-corruption case studies, Anna Petherick examines how the Brazilian authorizes leverage the power of lotteries to track hard-to-detect malfeasance by local authorities.

Berivan Orucoglu explains how Turkey’s President Erdogan has tamed the country’s once-unruly media through the deft application of carrots and sticks.

Ievgen Vorobiov reports on a surprising development: a majority of Ukrainians now say they’re eager for their country to join NATO.

Mohamed Eljarh reveals why pro-Qaddafi sentiment has reemerged in Libya.

And finally, Hanna Hindstrom takes the U.S. government to task for its ineffective — and at times tragically counterproductive — anti-trafficking policy in Southeast Asia.

And now for this week’s recommended reads:

World Politics Review’s Oren Samet analyzes the surprise ousting of the head of Burma’s ruling party, which has jolted the political establishment ahead of November’s election.

Kenyan lawmaker Moses Kajwang, writing in Nairobi’s Daily Nation newspaper, makes an eloquent plea for a national dialogue.

Reuters correspondent Jonny Hogg explains why the Turkish government and Kurdish guerillas appear incapable of salvaging peace talks amid rising violence.

The International Crisis Group calls for a negotiated political solution to the bloody conflict in Yemen.

Writing for ABC News, Anne-Marie Garcia and Michael Weissenstein describe how John Kerry’s call for greater political openness in Cuba has received unusual coverage on the island. The National Endowment for Democracy’s Democracy Digest blog argues that the U.S. relationship with the Cuban opposition has been strained by the recent rapprochement between the two governments.

In the Financial Times, Gideon Rachman reviews a provocative new book by Daniel Bell, who argues that the “China model” of governance may have important advantages over liberal democracy.

In the Washington Post, Ilya Somin challenges conventional thinking about how democratic democracy can be.

In the photo above, supporters hold posters of the former Sri Lankan president and parliamentary candidate Mahinda Rajapakse as voting ends in today’s general election.

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