JANUARY 8, 2021 | If you believe the first week of January is for easing into the new year, the past few days have been a rude awakening. Start with Sudan, where the January 2 resignation of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok may spell the effective end of the country’s democratic transition. Then head over to Eurasia, where deadly unrest in energy-rich Kazakhstan could open another front for potential Kremlin meddling. And while the one-year anniversary of the January 6 US Capitol attack has passed with relative calm, one of our leading democracy experts issues an important reminder: The American political system remains in grave danger. Our weekend reads provide a guide for navigating an already rocky 2022.