Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, October 31, 2016

Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, October 31, 2016

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Eszter Zalan reports from an Iraqi Christian town that has just been liberated from Islamic State rule.

Ilya Lozovsky highlights the Ukrainian women that are driving the country’s reforms forward.

Andreas Umland warns that Kiev’s insistence on honoring Stepan Bandera and other extreme nationalists will hurt Ukraine’s relationship with the West.

Arch Puddington explores the sad contradiction between Hungary’s historic resistance to tyranny and its current creep towards authoritarianism.

And now for this week’s recommended reads:

In the Intercept, Murtaza Hussain and Marwan Hisham interview Yassin Al-Haj Saleh, Syria’s “voice of conscience,” about the country’s war and how it has been misunderstood in the West — particularly on the left.

As Bloomberg’s Marek Strzelecki reports, Poland’s government is still defying the European Union’s demands that it restore the authority of its constitutional court. Politico’s Jakub Eberle and Benjamin Tallis push back on the conventional wisdom that democracy in Central Europe needs outside assistance.

Also in Politico, Zia Weise reports that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is getting closer to his goal of cementing a major constitutional change that would grant him expanded powers. Reporters Without Borders warns that Cumhuriyet, one of Turkey’s largest opposition newspapers, appears to have become the latest target of the government’s continuing crackdown.

In the Global Anticorruption Blog, Michael Maruca explains what other countries can learn from how the United States solved its “vote buying” problem.

Writing for Bloomberg, Tyler Cowen explains why he’s cooled on the concept of a “universal basic income.”

The BBC’s Tom Burridge reports that tens of thousands of Ukraine’s top officials are reporting their wealth in compliance with new anti-corruption rules. And Foreign Policy’s Dan De Luce and Reid Standish look ahead to what the United States’ relationship with Ukraine will look like under a Hillary Clinton presidency.

The Fall issue of the Cairo Review of Global Affairs is out. Read about Egyptian entrepreneurs, Pakistani democracy, and the next steps for climate activists after the Paris agreement.

In the photo, children in Manila, the Philippines, attend a Halloween costume competition on October 25, 2014.

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