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Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, March 2, 2015

Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, March 2, 2015

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Mokhtar Awad and Samuel Tadros profile an American ideologue who is inspiring a new generation of Islamic militants in Egypt.

Christian Caryl looks back on the career of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, murdered in Moscow last week.

Hanna Hindstrom scrutinizes the continuing plight of Burma’s Rohingya minority, who serve as convenient scapegoats for both the government and the opposition.

Berivan Orucoglu tells the remarkable story of a Turkish military operation to move the tomb of an Ottoman-era notable out of Islamic State territory.

Juan Nagel explains the context behind Venezuela’s sudden arrest of the popular and opposition-minded mayor of Caracas.

And now for this week’s recommended reads:

In the London Review of Books, Tom Stevenson reports on the horrific abuses perpetrated against detainees in Egypt’s sprawling unofficial prison network.

In the Monkey Cage blog, Nicole Watts explains how Kurds are moving beyond simple ethnic nationalism to demand better governance from their own politicians.

In the World Post, Hernando de Soto faults Thomas Piketty for overlooking the real problems of the developing world.

International Crisis Group warns that Libya stands on the brink of a precipice, and offers advice for UN diplomats struggling to reach a solution to the conflict in Geneva.

Amnesty International presents its 2015 report on the state of human rights in the world. This year’s entry on Burma makes for a sobering read.

The TESEV Good Governance Program issues a detailed report assessing the level of corruption in Turkey and analyzing its impact. (In the photo, a protester demonstrates against corruption and bribery in Istanbul.)

This summer, Georgetown University is offering a series of short courses about electoral integrity, focusing on technology, manipulation, and violence.

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