Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, March 9, 2015
To keep up with Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Jason Pack and Mattia Toaldo call for the West to stop picking sides in the Libyan conflict. Peter Salisbury warns that Saudi and Iranian meddling in Yemen risks sparking a sectarian civil war. Juan Nagel questions Venezuelan President Maduro’s ability to sustain Chavez’s ...
To keep up with Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
Jason Pack and Mattia Toaldo call for the West to stop picking sides in the Libyan conflict.
Peter Salisbury warns that Saudi and Iranian meddling in Yemen risks sparking a sectarian civil war.
Juan Nagel questions Venezuelan President Maduro’s ability to sustain Chavez’s legacy.
Alexander Motyl insists that Ukraine can win its stalemate with Russia – if it can get its military to shape up.
Seth Kaplan argues that well-run cities in misgoverned countries can be a strong force for change.
And now for this week’s recommended reads:
In Foreign Affairs, Soner Cagaptay and Marc Sievers explain how the ouster of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated President Mohammad Morsi turned the Turkish-Egyptian friendship into a bitter rivalry. Meanwhile, Egypt carries out its first execution of a Muslim Brotherhood supporter.
The Atlantic Council’s EgyptSource project provides a useful update on delays to Egypt’s upcoming parliamentary elections.
In Al Jazeera, Hafed Al-Ghweil profiles Khalifa Haftar, the Libyan general who was just named Commander in Chief of the Tobruk government’s armed forces. (In the photo, demonstrators in Benghazi demand that the government resign.)
In Carnegie Europe’s Strategic Europe blog, Richard Youngs calls for continued international attention to Tunisia’s democratic transition, which still has a long way to go.
In a new Brookings paper, J.M. Berger and Jonathon Morgan analyze the network of ISIS supporters on Twitter.
In the Duck of Minerva blog, Steve Saideman considers whether Russian casualties in Ukraine are a bigger problem for Putin than sanctions.
In the Monkey Cage, Chris Blattman points out a new study casting doubt on the effectiveness of microloans to poor people as a tool of economic development.
Also in the Monkey Cage, Adam Lichtenheld looks at the role of forced migration in the Middle East as a byproduct of — and catalyst for — political change.
African Arguments posts an excerpt about Uganda from Africa Uprising, a new book about African popular protests.
In the Wall Street Journal, David Shambaugh predicts the nearing end of Communist rule in China. Tyler Cowen pens a skeptical response in his blog, Marginal Revolution.
And finally, on March 23, Georgetown University’s Democracy and Governance program is hosting a talk with Professor Josep Colomer, who will discuss his new book, How Global Institutions Rule the World.
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