Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, March 28, 2016
To keep up with Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Christian Caryl calls Europe to task for failing to enforce democratic standards, either at home or abroad. Zia Weise reports from Turkey on how President Erdogan slanders his critics as terrorists. Michael Klein and Pavel Vidal-Alejandro argue that the United ...
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Christian Caryl calls Europe to task for failing to enforce democratic standards, either at home or abroad.
Zia Weise reports from Turkey on how President Erdogan slanders his critics as terrorists.
Michael Klein and Pavel Vidal-Alejandro argue that the United States should help Cuba develop a modern financial system.
Matthew Schaaf contends that Ukraine must get better at building ties with Crimeans — otherwise it can forget about ever getting the peninsula back.
And now for this week’s recommended reads:
In the latest issue of Democracy & Society, Marc Plattner provides an overview of a polite but contentious debate in the pro-democracy community: is democracy really in decline around the world?
In the New York Review of Books, Anne Applebaum explains how Ukraine’s assertion of its sovereignty has contributed to a reevaluation of its history.
The Wall Street Journal‘s Dion Nissenbaum and Carol Lee report that Turkey’s President Erdogan is getting a “cool reception” during his visit to the United States — perhaps in response to his crackdown on dissent.
In the New Yorker, George Packer examines the Tunisian paradox: why the Arab Spring’s only democratic success is producing so many jihadists.
In the Washington Post’s “Monkey Cage” blog, Marc Lynch argues that “success” or “failure” is not the best way to judge the outcome of the Arab Spring uprisings.
The Project on Middle East Democracy has published an open letter to President Obama, urging him to confront Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi about his assault on the country’s human rights activists. 14 human rights organizations have joined together in condemning the “unprecedented” crackdown.
The Brookings Institution has announced a new series, “Islamists on Islamism Today,” in which self-professed Islamists will engage with scholars about the future of their movements.
For the Christian Science Monitor, Ryan Lenora Brown reports on growing divisions in South Africa’s universities as a “post-apartheid” generation finds that the country’s past is still very much with it.
The Economist weighs in on how social media is changing democracy.
In the photo, a member of the Tunisian special forces stands guard on March 21, 2016 on the outskirts the southern border town of Ben Guerdane, where jihadists mounted a deadly assault earlier this month.
Photo credit: FATHI NASRI/AFP/Getty Images
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