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Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, June 29, 2015

To keep up with Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.  Aung Min, the Burmese government’s chief peace negotiator, urges the country’s ethnic armed groups to sign a comprehensive ceasefire agreement. Ievgen Vorobiov looks into the remarkable resurgence of the Ukrainian language. Mohamed Eljarh reports on a rare victory against the ...

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

Aung Min, the Burmese government’s chief peace negotiator, urges the country’s ethnic armed groups to sign a comprehensive ceasefire agreement.

Ievgen Vorobiov looks into the remarkable resurgence of the Ukrainian language.

Mohamed Eljarh reports on a rare victory against the Islamic State in Libya.

Daniel Metcalfe profiles a tenacious Angolan anti-corruption reporter whom the authorities can’t seem to silence.

Jeffrey Tayler explains why the Venezuelan government has finally given into demands that it set a date for national elections.

And finally, as part of the Legatum Institute’s new “Beyond Propaganda” series, Peter Pomerantsev shows how authoritarian regimes have learned to exploit the information age.

And now for this week’s recommended reads:

Rory McCarthy, writing for the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog, assesses the likely effects of the latest terrorist attack on Tunisia’s democratic transition.

Newsweek’s Aleksandr Gorbachev and Lucy Westcott offer useful background on the #ElectricYerevan protests in Armenia. In RFE/RL, Karine Simonyan and Robert Coalson explain why the current unrest differs from Ukraine’s Euromaidan.

In the Global Anticorruption Blog, Rick Messick describes an innovative anti-corruption agency in Guatemala that has been remarkably successful at bringing high-level officials to court.

Famed Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón, writing for OpenDemocracy, reflects on the challenges of transitional justice and their implications for countries aspiring to democracy.

In The Atlantic, Moisés Naím warns that democracies are particularly vulnerable to cyber attacks from authoritarian regimes.

Writing for Business Insider, Jay Ulfelder provides context for the UNHCR’s recent report that the number of displaced people in the world is at “the highest level ever recorded.”

In an article for the Carnegie Endowment, Paul Stronksi and Isaac Webb call attention to the plight of prisoners of war in the Ukrainian conflict.

The International Peace Institute presents a new report that reviews the main obstacles impeding prevention of mass atrocities.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation reporter Mark Davis presents a documentary about the trafficking of Rohingya migrants. And Thomas Fuller of the New York Times ponders the mystery of why Burmese exchange counters refuse to accept worn dollar notes.

In the photo, demonstrators block a street in Yerevan on June 24, 2015.
Photo credit: KAREN MINASYAN/AFP/Getty Images

 

 

 

 

Ilya Lozovsky is assistant editor of Democracy Lab. Prior to joining Foreign Policy, he worked as program officer for Eurasia at Freedom House, providing emergency support to human rights activists and organizations across that continent. @ichbinilya

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