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Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, May 23, 2016

To keep up with Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Benjamin Haddad says it’s time to stop pretending that Turkey will ever join the European Union. Matthew Smith and Tom Andrews argue that it’s too early for the U.S. to lift sanctions on Burma. Jack Watling and Namir Shabibi explain ...

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Benjamin Haddad says it’s time to stop pretending that Turkey will ever join the European Union.

Matthew Smith and Tom Andrews argue that it’s too early for the U.S. to lift sanctions on Burma.

Jack Watling and Namir Shabibi explain how the Western obsession with counter-terrorism contributed to the collapse of Yemen.

Ilya Zaslavskiy introduces a new collection of documents that demonstrate exactly how post-Soviet corruption is infiltrating the West.

Kateryna Kruk contends that Ukraine’s new top law enforcement official is just another crony of President Poroshenko.

And now for this week’s recommended reads:

Heba Saleh of Financial Times reports on the decision by Tunisia’s leading religious party to renounce political Islam.

Tired of bad news about Ukraine? In the Kyiv Post, Timothy Ash presents a list of reasons to be optimistic about the country’s future.

For Syria Deeply, Mohammad Namous shares surprising stories of how Syrians manage to survive amid the war’s continuing horrors.

Politico Europe’s Jan Cienski covers the uproar in Poland as Warsaw prepares to receive a critical “opinion” on the state of its democracy from the European Commission today.

The Economist explains how the self-declared champions of “traditional values” are pushing back against gay rights at the United Nations.

For the Washington Post’s “Monkey Cage” blog, Jeffrey Smith and Maggie Dwyer describe growing pressure on Gambia’s long-time president to step down.

And for Reuters, Randy Fabi and Kanupriya Kapoor cover growing anti-Communist agitation by Indonesia’s military.

In the photo, members of Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahdha party raise their IDs to vote on May 22, the third day of the party congress, in Hammamet.

Photo credit: FETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images

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