……democracy, argues Democracy Lab’s Christian CarYL.
Also in the latest Democracy Lab Weekly Brief:
Rick Rowden argues that accounts of “Africa’s rise” are fundamentally flawed.
Juan Nagel outlines scenarios for Venezuela if Hugo Chávez leaves the scene.
Peter Passell sums up recent research in transitional economics.
And this week’s recommended reads:
Syria Deeply publishes the powerful tale of a young Alawite woman whose pro-revolutionary mother was killed by her pro-regime father — a vivid example of how the civil war is tearing families apart. Al-Monitor shares the experience of Alawites living under siege.
Democracy Digest provides a useful collection of views from experts on the directions that might be taken by a post-Chávez Venezuela.
Writing for The Irrawaddy, Gustaaf Houtman offers a vivid take on the recent changes in Burma as the society continues to open up.
Over at The New York Times, Simon Romero presents an unforgettable portrait of Uruguay’s ultra-modest president.
A new working paper from the International Monetary Fund analyzes economic transitions in post-conflict nations.
Rami G. Khouri casts a critical gaze on some of the most frequent analytical assumptions about the Arab Spring.
Sebastian Mallaby, writing for the Council on Foreign Relations, joins the argument over Africa’s economic development, insisting that the continent is growing in more ways than one.