Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, September 15, 2014
To catch Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Christian Caryl analyzes the politics of rage that drives both the Islamic State jihadists and the separatists in eastern Ukraine. Oliver Bullough argues that Ukraine won’t be able to solve its crippling corruption unless the West acknowledges its responsibility for the problem, ...
Christian Caryl analyzes the politics of rage that drives both the Islamic State jihadists and the separatists in eastern Ukraine.
Oliver Bullough argues that Ukraine won’t be able to solve its crippling corruption unless the West acknowledges its responsibility for the problem, too.
Asma Ghribi tracks the growing fears in Tunisia about jihadists returning home from fighting in Syria.
Michael Pollitt urges the British government to take its campaign against slavery to the next level.
Anna Nemtsova examines the dark legacy of a mass hostage-taking that left hundreds dead in Russia 10 years ago.
Christina Larson wonders whether Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen will follow through on his daring pledge to tackle the controversial issue of land rights. (The photo above shows a Cambodian monk meditating during a protest against the construction of a dam in Areng Valley.)
And now for this week’s recommended reads:
In Boston Review, Stephen Phelan reflects on the nature of Scottish nationalism ahead of this week’s independence vote.
International Crisis Group warns that violence is imminent in Yemen’s capital as extremists and tribesmen organize against the government. ICG also argues that the Syrian opposition is in urgent need of help as it faces off against both the government and the Islamic State (IS).
Writing for Monkey Cage, Elizabeth Ferris and Abbie Taylor assess the impact of IS on Iraq’s minorities. On the same blog, Tanisha M. Fazal rebuts the theory that wars will soon be a thing of the past.
Writing for Vanity Fair, Jeffrey E. Stern asks why no one saw West Africa’s Ebola epidemic coming.
The Guardian‘s Shaun Walker reports on one of Ukraine’s volunteer military units, and worries that their radicalism could stand in the way of post-conflict stability.
The Economist urges democratic countries to aid foreign NGOs in their fight against autocratic governments and restrictive regulation.
In the Irrawaddy, Nita Bhalla talks to Rohingya refugees that have fled to India to escape persecution in Burma.
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