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Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, Feb. 23, 2015

To keep up with Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Linda Kinstler reports from Kharkiv on the rising wave of terrorist attacks in Ukraine’s second-largest city. (The latest deadly blast struck the city just this weekend. The photo above shows Kharkiv residents carrying portraits of local citizens killed in fighting with ...

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

Linda Kinstler reports from Kharkiv on the rising wave of terrorist attacks in Ukraine’s second-largest city. (The latest deadly blast struck the city just this weekend. The photo above shows Kharkiv residents carrying portraits of local citizens killed in fighting with pro-Russian separatists.)

Mohamed Eljarh makes the case for greater international involvement in Libya — but only under certain conditions.

Janine Wedel explains why the most insidious corruption is the kind that’s legal.

Peter Biar Ajak argues that South Sudan should seize upon the end of civil war to take a fresh approach to institution building.

And finally, Christian Caryl makes a plea for the remarkable film Timbuktu is a must-see for anyone trying to understand the spread of jihadist tyranny.

And now for this week’s recommended reads:

The New Yorker’s John Lee Anderson profiles Libya’s new strongman, General Khalifa Haftar.

In Foreign Affairs, James L. Gibson explains how the legacy of apartheid still hangs heavy over South Africa’s democracy.

A new report for Chatham House by DemLab contributor Peter Salisbury explores the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran for influence in Yemen.

The Transnational Institute presents an urgently needed plan for just land reform in Burma.

Tina Rosenberg of The New York Times summarizes the strategy of nonviolent resistance presented in the new book by DemLab contributor Srdja Popovic.

In the Monkey Cage blog, Hilary Matfess links Nigeria’s failure to hold timely elections with its broader inability to defeat the Boko Haram insurgency.

In a post for the Atlantic Council’s blog, the New Atlanticist, Olena Tregub highlights some halting but encouraging progress in Ukraine’s battle against corruption.

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