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Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, August 1, 2016

To keep up with Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.  Askold Krushelnycky warns that Ukraine’s leaders are taking Western support for granted. Christian Caryl explains why exactly the Kremlin so loves Donald Trump. Zia Weise reminds us that Turkey’s other crackdown – against the Kurds in the southeast – still ...

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

Askold Krushelnycky warns that Ukraine’s leaders are taking Western support for granted.

Christian Caryl explains why exactly the Kremlin so loves Donald Trump.

Zia Weise reminds us that Turkey’s other crackdown – against the Kurds in the southeast – still continues under the radar.

And now for this week’s recommended reads:

New York Magazine’s Claire Landsbaum covers Donald Trump’s dubious assertion that Putin is “not going into Ukraine.” Meanwhile, the New York Times’ Steven Lee Myers and Andrew Kramer investigate how Trump advisor Paul Manafort wielded power in Ukraine in his role as advisor of deposed pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych.

The Atlantic Council’s Melinda Haring paints a dark picture of press freedom in Ukraine. Also for the Atlantic Council, Miriam Kosmehl and Andreas Umland explain why Ukraine’s new party financing laws favor the established players.

For the National, Robin Yassin-Kassab points to local councils and “village republics” as examples of Syrians’ experiments in local governance in the face of terror and war.

For the Carnegie Middle East Center, Amr Adly explains why the Sisi regime in Egypt is in trouble: It can’t reform the economy without alienating important sources of support.

The Guardian’s Tamasin Ford profiles a young Cameroonian tech entrepreneur who built one of Africa’s biggest job search sites.

The Economist explains what Nigeria’s President Buhari is doing (and not doing) to fight corruption.

As South Africa’s municipal elections approach this Wednesday, Nick Branson provides a backgrounder for the Africa Research Institute on the situation in the country as the ruling ANC party fights to hang onto power.

For Reuters, Lauren Bohn and Elmira Bayrasli warn that Turkey’s democracy is in for dark days ahead as President Erodgan doubles down on dissent in the wake of last month’s failed coup.

The Washington Post’s “Monkey Cage” blog has released a new compilation of its political science reporting on the rise of Donald Trump.

The photo shows a July 30 rally of South Africa’s main opposition party, Democratic Alliance, in Soweto.

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