Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, June 30, 2014

To catch Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Maldivian political activist Mohamed Nasheed reflects on his experiences as a pro-democracy activist. Peter Pomerantsev charts the complicated love affair between Georgia and Europe. Aki Peritz explains why the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has found that opening prisons is a ...

ZEIN AL-RIFAI/AFP/Getty Images
ZEIN AL-RIFAI/AFP/Getty Images
ZEIN AL-RIFAI/AFP/Getty Images

To catch Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Maldivian political activist Mohamed Nasheed reflects on his experiences as a pro-democracy activist.

Peter Pomerantsev charts the complicated love affair between Georgia and Europe.

To catch Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Maldivian political activist Mohamed Nasheed reflects on his experiences as a pro-democracy activist.

Peter Pomerantsev charts the complicated love affair between Georgia and Europe.

Aki Peritz explains why the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has found that opening prisons is a perfect way to destabilize the government in Baghdad.

Devin Stewart explores the political dimension of inequality.

Mohamed Eljarh argues that elections remain crucial to Libya’s future — despite the turbulence that democracy has brought.

Juan Nagel criticizes a recent Venezuelan court ruling that legalized military involvement in government.

Anna Nemtsova examines the deaths of Russian journalists and the controversy surrounding them.

Jacob Mchangama questions whether the new U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights is the right man for the job.

And now for this week’s recommended reads:

Carl Gershman reflects on Americans’ growing reluctance promote democracy abroad.

The Guardian‘s Louisa Loveluck reports on an Egyptian novelist’s brave denunciation of the government’s "war on youth." Ahmed Morsy details the Egyptian military’s growing involvement in domestic affairs for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

A new Human Rights Watch report elucidates the plight of child soldiers in Syria. Writing for Women Under Siege, Safa Sankari mourns the destruction of the great Syrian city of Aleppo. (The photo above shows rubble in the city following an airstrike.)

Samuel Tadros, writing for Tablet Magazine, pays tribute to the life of Arab intellectual Fouad Ajami.

Time‘s Jason Motlagh offers a horrific snapshot of detention camps for Rohingya in Burma.

Jadaliyya’s Maya Mikdashi explains the deepening political stalemate in Lebanon.

Twitter: @ccaryl

More from Foreign Policy

An illustration shows George Kennan, the father of Cold War containment strategy.
An illustration shows George Kennan, the father of Cold War containment strategy.

Is Cold War Inevitable?

A new biography of George Kennan, the father of containment, raises questions about whether the old Cold War—and the emerging one with China—could have been avoided.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks on the DISCLOSE Act.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks on the DISCLOSE Act.

So You Want to Buy an Ambassadorship

The United States is the only Western government that routinely rewards mega-donors with top diplomatic posts.

Chinese President Xi jinping  toasts the guests during a banquet marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on September 30, 2019 in Beijing, China.
Chinese President Xi jinping toasts the guests during a banquet marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on September 30, 2019 in Beijing, China.

Can China Pull Off Its Charm Offensive?

Why Beijing’s foreign-policy reset will—or won’t—work out.

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar chairs a meeting in Ankara, Turkey on Nov. 21, 2022.
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar chairs a meeting in Ankara, Turkey on Nov. 21, 2022.

Turkey’s Problem Isn’t Sweden. It’s the United States.

Erdogan has focused on Stockholm’s stance toward Kurdish exile groups, but Ankara’s real demand is the end of U.S. support for Kurds in Syria.