Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, September 8, 2016 

Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, September 8, 2016 

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Thomas Carothers explains how opponents of democracy promotion have gained the upper hand in Washington policymaking circles.

Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez covers a major anti-government protest in Venezuela that looks like a rare opposition victory.

Vladislav Davidzon finds that Ukraine’s favorite crusading reformer has a disturbing populist edge.

And now for this week’s recommended reads:

In the New York Times, Amanda Taub examines both sides of a tricky question: Was last week’s impeachment of Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff an illegal coup or an example of democracy in action? (For more background, check out Democracy Lab’s earlier profile of the beleaguered Brazilian president and a recent argument that, in fact, the country’s rule of law is in better shape than ever.)

In BloombergView, Tyler Cowen explains why Peru’s new president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, is his favorite contemporary world leader.

In Vox, Will Wilkinson argues that the United States would be better at capitalism if it had a stronger welfare state.

In the Huffington Post, Zach Carter contends that the world’s democracies will continue to lose legitimacy until they do something about growing inequality.

In Project Syndicate, Minxin Pei warns against the threat of strongman leaders, whose fortunes appear to be rising around the world.

The Economist worries that Africa’s democratic gains are being reversed.

A new series from PEN America highlights American Muslim storytellers as they grapple with issues of race, politics, religion, and identity.

Check out this lecture from earlier this summer, hosted by the National Endowment for Democracy, about Pakistan’s perilous path towards democracy.

The Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation is now accepting applications for its Democracy Fellowship Program.

Correction, September 11: The lecture about democracy in Pakistan was hosted by the National Endowment for Democracy, not the National Democratic Institute, as this brief initially said.

In the photo, demonstrators march in support of Brazil’s impeached president Dilma Rousseff in Sao Paulo on September 7.

Photo credit: NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images