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Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, April 21, 2014

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Reporting from the Ukrainian city of Odessa, Christian Caryl explores the thinking behind Vladimir Putin's decision to revive a long-forgotten historical term for southeastern Ukraine. Caryl also maps out plans by Odessa's out-gunned activists to defend the city from a Russian takeover.

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Does General Sisi Have a Plan for Egypt's Economy?

The front-runner in Egypt's presidential election, which will be held on May 28 and 29, has several clear policy preferences. On the domestic security front, his priority is eradicating the Muslim Brotherhood. In foreign policy, he is appeasing all major international actors while cultivating animosity towards Turkey, Qatar, and Gaza. But an important question remains: What is candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's economic policy?

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In Libya, It's One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

The recently appointed Libyan interim Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni resigned on Sunday just five days after taking the job, reigniting concerns about political stability in the country. When Thinni submitted his resignation to the General National Congress (GNC), he cited an attack on his family home by armed militants, which appeared to be an assassination attempt. His decision comes just as the security and political situation in the country has deteriorated significantly.

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The Self-Defense of Odessa

ODESSA, Ukraine — This is a surpassingly strange moment for the people of Odessa, the largest city on Ukraine's Black Sea coast. Outwardly, life couldn't be more normal. Smiling teenage girls stroll arm in arm, admiring the explosion of spring flowers. The myriad cafes and restaurants don't want for customers. And there is even a smattering of foreign tourists, come to admire the magnificent ensemble of 19th-century buildings.

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Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, April 14, 2014

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Christian Caryl reports from Ukraine on gnawing fears of a possible Russian invasion. Anna Nemtsova tracks the darkening political climate in Russia.

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