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Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, January 19, 2015

To keep up with Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Berivan Orucoglu tracks the striking divergence between reactions to the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Turkey and the West. Maryam Al-Khawaja relates her ordeal in the clutches of the regime in Bahrain, where she was recently jailed when she tried to visit her imprisoned ...

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To keep up with Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Berivan Orucoglu tracks the striking divergence between reactions to the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Turkey and the West.

Maryam Al-Khawaja relates her ordeal in the clutches of the regime in Bahrain, where she was recently jailed when she tried to visit her imprisoned father.

Alexander Noyes reports on the latest African autocracy to be threatened by rising pressure from a restless populace.

Amanda Kadlec explains the obstacles facing the U.N.-led effort to broker peace in Libya’s brutal civil war.

Daniel Lansberg-Rodridguez follows Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s quixotic trip around the world in search of support—and cash.

And now for this week’s recommended reads:

At the Carnegie Endowment, Thomas Carothers takes stock of the global state of democracy assistance 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Reuters reporter Kanupriya Kapoor analyzes the predicament of Indonesian President Joko Widodo after his candidate for police chief is assailed for corruption. Writing on his own blog, Brian Levy argues that Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency has been a remarkable success.

A Carnegie Endowment paper by Diane de Gramont takes a look at the factors behind the surprising effectiveness of reforms in Nigeria’s biggest city.

Time’s Emily Rauhala reports on the Pope’s visit to the Philippines, where he urged the government to make good on its promises to tackle corruption. (The photo shows people taking photos of Pope Francis in Manila.)

At openDemocracy, Anrdreas Umland warns against a German tendency to downplay Russia’s aggression in eastern Ukraine.

In the New York Times, Ellen Barry puts Sri Lanka’s recent election upset in the context of recent democratization trends in South Asia.

And finally, Princeton’s Innovations for Successful Societies program introduces a free online course, “Making Government Work in Hard Places.”

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