Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, July 21, 2014

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Alexander Motyl examines a terrorist how-to guide compiled by a pro-Russian separatist in Ukraine.

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The Good News from Indonesia's Election Stalemate

We don't know who the winner is yet, but the presidential election in Indonesia, the world's third largest democracy, is already proving to be the most exciting in recent memory: messy, polarized, and full of drama. Both candidates -- Djoko Widodo (known as Jokowi) and Prabowo Subianto -- are claiming victory, each citing unofficial results produced by several private polling agencies. Indonesia's official news agencies have now withdrawn their initial vote projections in order to calm the waters before the official results are released.

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Venezuela's Opposition Is a Mess

In the last few weeks, significant cracks have emerged in Venezuela's ruling government coalition. The ouster of the late Hugo Chávez's long-serving economic Svengali has prompted high-ranking members of the government's ideological left wing to denounce both soaring corruption and an apparent lack of leadership on the part of President Nicolás Maduro. When one factors in the current painful economic crisis, it is not surprising that the public also perceives the government as weak.

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Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, July 14, 2014

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Marc Plattner wonders whether the current age of democratic transitions may be nearing its end.

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Please Make Sure Your Tray Tables and Kalashnikovs Are in the Upright Position

In modern-day Libya, the phrase "airport security" has a somewhat different connotation than it does in the West.

Heavy fighting broke out in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Sunday, leaving at least six dead and more than 30 injured, according to officials. The cause: rival militias battling for control of Tripoli International Airport. The airport had to be shut down because of the fighting.

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