Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, October 20, 2014
To keep up with Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Anna Nemtsova interviews Georgian President Giorgi Marvelashvili about his feud with Georgia Dream leader Bidzina Ivanishvili. Juan Nagel argues that the international community has a responsibility to help Venezuela in its fight against an epidemic of crime. Elizabeth Winkler reports ...
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Anna Nemtsova interviews Georgian President Giorgi Marvelashvili about his feud with Georgia Dream leader Bidzina Ivanishvili.
Juan Nagel argues that the international community has a responsibility to help Venezuela in its fight against an epidemic of crime.
Elizabeth Winkler reports on an initiative to sanction Hungary for its embrace of "illiberal democracy."
Christian Caryl rebuts the argument that democracy won’t solve Hong Kong’s problems.
Berivan Orucoglu explains why the Turkish government is growing skeptical of U.S. leadership in the Middle East.
Mohamed Eljarh covers the ominous new battle for Benghazi.
And in our latest collaboration with Princeton’s Innovations for Successful Societies, Rushda Majeed and Jonathan Friedman report on how Indonesia improved development by handing power to its poorest citizens.
And now for this week’s recommended reads:
Ahead of Tunisia’s parliamentary elections on Oct. 26, the European Council on Foreign Relations offers recommendations on how to consolidate that country’s democratic transition. (The photo above shows a woman campaigning for one of the parties participating in the election.)
The Committee to Protect Journalists sounds the alarm on the latest jail sentences for five reporters in Burma, raising new questions about the state of democratic reforms there.
In the New Yorker, Jon Lee Anderson explains how the Central African Republic, a country long free of major religious strife, succumbed to anti-Muslim pogroms in the course of a year.
Writing for Open Democracy, Simón Escoffier wonders what Chile’s annual September riots say about the state of its democracy.
In a photo essay for Medium, Lauren E. Bohn looks at Syria’s crisis through the eyes of the country’s centenarians.
On Medium, Sarah A. Topol interviews the girls who escaped Boko Haram, who tell the full story of their kidnapping for the first time.
On Reinventing Peace, Alex de Waal offers a primer on the "political marketplace" driving governments across Africa and the Middle East.
Finally, Foreign Policy‘s Shujie Leng describes the art of buying banned books in China, while Siobhán O’Grady reports on the Holocaust Museum’s decision to dedicate a genocide exhibit to photos of Syria’s civil war.
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