Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, January 5, 2015
To keep up with Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. DemLab rings in the New Year with our list of Editor’s Picks from 2014: Mohamed Nasheed shared lessons from his own experience as a pro-democracy activist and ex-president of the Maldives. Syrian doctor Zaher Sahloul described life and work among ...
To keep up with Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
DemLab rings in the New Year with our list of Editor’s Picks from 2014:
Mohamed Nasheed shared lessons from his own experience as a pro-democracy activist and ex-president of the Maldives.
Syrian doctor Zaher Sahloul described life and work among the snipers of Aleppo.
Larry Diamond made the case for continued support of democracy movements around the world.
Iyad al-Baghdadi explained why it’s wrong to cast politics in the Middle East as a false choice between Islamist and secular tyranny.
Min Zin warned that Burma’s liberalization process was in deep trouble.
Mohamed Eljarh told the story of young civil society activists targeted by extremists in Libya.
Anna Nemstova reported on the forgotten civilian casualties of the war in Ukraine.
Berivan Orucoglu looked at the growing similarities between Presidents Putin and Erdogan.
And DemLab editor Christian Caryl weighed in on fascists, would-be caliphs, and the embattled Christians of northern Iraq.
And now for this week’s recommended reads:
The Carnegie Endowment’s Tom Carothers assails the United States for its dwindling financial commitment to democracy promotion.
Mideast expert Josh Landis makes predictions for the coming year in Syria on his blog.
Foreign Policy’s Bel Trew reports on the likelihood of all-out civil war in Libya. FP’s Aaron David Miller explains why 2015 promises positive change for the Middle East.
At Arc of the Universe, Daniel Philpott gives a quick survey of the latest on militant Buddhism.
Writing for The Washington Post in the wake of Tunisia’s successful presidential election, Benjamin Preisler spots danger signs for the country’s democratic transition.
Also in the Post, Adrian Karatnycky argues that the growing prominence of warlords poses a major threat to Ukraine. (The photo above shows soldiers of the regular Ukrainian army after a ceremony today with President Petro Poroshenko.)
The New Yorker’s Raffi Khatchadourian uses a visit to his family’s ancestral home to reflect on the centenary of the Armenian genocide.
Maggie Dwyer, writing for Dart-Throwing Chimp, explains what the recent failed coup in the Gambia tells us about political forecasting.
And finally, The New York Times’ Thomas Fuller reports on the resurgent opium trade in Burma (with video).
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