Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, February 8, 2016

Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, February 8, 2016

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Juan Nagel warns that Venezuela is about to default — and that those who stand to lose out deserve it.

Min Zin lays out the momentous challenges that face Burma’s new democratically elected government.

Ilya Lozovsky interviews a liberal Russian journalist whose coverage of the Iowa caucuses sheds light on both his country and on the United States.

Srdja Popovic advises pro-democratic movements around the world how to fight back against authoritarian accusations of “foreign conspiracy.”

Maria J. Stephan and Maciej Bartkowski report on the activists who are leading the fight against the new Polish government.

Christian Caryl wonders whether Jews, Muslims, and Christians actually have more in common than some American conservatives are willing to admit.

And now for this week’s recommended reads:

The Washington Post’s Michael Birnbaum reports on the sudden resignation of Ukraine’s Western-trained economy minister, who is frustrated by deeply entrenched corruption. In The Guardian, Lily Hyde chronicles the quest of several Ukrainian mothers to find their sons, who went missing in the country’s war with Russian separatists.

The National Democratic Institute launches the “Party Renewal Initiative,” a new project that seeks to promote better engagement between citizens and political parties around the world.

David Pilling of the Financial Times interviews South African politician Julius Malema about his feud with the African National Congress (to which he once belonged).

The Economist covers the opening of Burma’s first democratically elected parliament.

BloombergView’s Mac Margolis describes the lack of sympathy in Latin America for Venezuela’s self-inflicted economic troubles.

The AP’s Baba Ahmed reports on vigilante violence against Mali’s Tuareg population in the wake of the government’s peace deal with Tuareg separatists.

In the Washington Post’s “Monkey Cage” blog, Mark Kersten explains what the International Criminal Court’s first non-African investigation (of the 2008 war between Russia and Georgia) means for the institution.

In the Atlantic Council’s “EgyptSource” blog, H.A. Hellyer makes the case for viewing Egypt’s government as an “alliance of dictatorial state institutions.”

Last week, Democracy Lab contributor Nate Schenkkan testified in Congress about the renewed conflict between the Turkish government and Kurdish rebels.

In the photo, protestors run away from Turkish police on February 5, 2016 during a demonstration against curfews in eastern Turkey.

Photo credit: ILYAS AKENGIN/AFP/Getty Images