Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, October 27, 2014
To catch Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Larry Diamond makes the case for promoting democracy at a time when autocrats are riding high. Asma Ghribi criticizes Tunisia’s secular opposition for its failure to unite. And Mohamed Eljarh asks how Libya’s ongoing political and military crisis will impact its central ...
To catch Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
Larry Diamond makes the case for promoting democracy at a time when autocrats are riding high.
Asma Ghribi criticizes Tunisia’s secular opposition for its failure to unite.
And Mohamed Eljarh asks how Libya’s ongoing political and military crisis will impact its central bank. (In the photo above, Islamist fighters from Misrata prepare tea during a lull in fighting in northern Libya.)
And now for this week’s recommended reads:
Ahead of the 25-year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Andrei Shleifer and Daniel Treisman assess the state of Eastern European democracy for Foreign Affairs.
Democracy Digest publishes a spirited defense of democracy promotion by Carl Gershman, the president of the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, DC.
International Crisis Group urges the Burmese government to intervene in the continuing sectarian conflict between Buddhists and Muslims. In Irrawaddy, Nobel Zaw tracks the Burmese authorities’ crackdown on ethnic language newspapers.
In Financial Times, Joe Leahy looks at the sorry state of Brazil’s economy in the wake of incumbent President Dilma Rousseff’s election victory this weekend.
In a report for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Thomas Carothers and Saskia Brechenmacher analyze a new development consensus dedicated to accountability, transparency, participation, and inclusion. Also writing for Carnegie, Tsveta Petrova finds that Poland has been the strongest supporter of democracy in Ukraine.
The Washington Post‘s Liz Sly argues that ISIS has already set deep roots within Turkey in spite of the country’s lackluster efforts to close its Syrian border.
Human Rights Watch’s David Mepham assails Rwanda’s human rights record in connection with President Paul Kagame’s visit to the United Kingdom.
In the Atlantic, Kathy Gilsinian asks why compulsory voting is so common in Latin America.
And on Thursday, Oct. 30, the Legatum Institute is hosting a livestreamed panel on strategies for combating Russia’s disinformation campaigns.
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