Democracy Lab

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Democracy Lab is Foreign Policy's home for coverage of transitions to democracy, published in partnership with the Legatum Institute. Democracy Lab also runs Transitions, a blog featuring on-the-ground coverage of transitioning countries.

Editor, Christian Caryl
Assistant Editor, Ilya Lozovsky

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U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visit Broward Health North hospital in Pompano Beach, Florida, on Feb. 16. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Meet Trump’s New, Homophobic Public Health Quack

The Centers for Disease Control will soon be run by a military doctor with a long history of pushing discriminatory AIDS policies.

John Bolton talks with Ban Ki-moon at the South Korean Foreign Ministry in Seoul on July 20, 2004. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Give John Bolton a Chance

If you squint at Trump’s new national security advisor, you might see some silver linings.

John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, waves as he leaves Trump Tower in New York on Dec. 2, 2016. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Trump Taps Uber-Hawk Bolton as National Security Advisor

From “Bomb, Bomb Iran” to a preemptive strike on North Korea, the former Bush official promises a much more belligerent foreign policy.

U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the White House on May 16, 2017. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Is Democracy Dying?

Is the end of democracy as we know it near? Yascha Mounk sets out to answer in his new book, “The People vs. Democracy.” 

U.S. President Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto during the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

The U.S.-Mexico Relationship Has Survived and Thrived Under Trump

Contrary to conventional wisdom, the neighbors are finding ways to make it work.

Outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gives a farewell address to State Department staff in Washington on March 22. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Tillerson Decries ‘Mean-Spirited’ D.C. in Farewell Address

Tillerson gave a four-minute farewell speech to State Department employees. His legacy will last much longer.


Antifascist activists protect themselves from water cannon used by police officers during a rally against an election campaign meeting organized by far-right movement CasaPound in Turin on Feb. 22. (Piero Cruciatti/AFP/Getty Images)

The World in Photos This Week

Students in the Philippines protest “rising dictatorship,” phallic statues in South Korea, and police violence in Zimbabwe.

TOPSHOT - The French Renaissance Chateau de Chambord is pictured as snow falls on February 13, 2018 in Chambord, northwestern France.  / AFP PHOTO / GUILLAUME SOUVANT        (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP/Getty Images)

The World in Photos This Week

The 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; storms in Europe; and Lunar New Year festivities around the world.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine


The Answers Are Out There

Contrary to conventional wisdom, solutions to many of the world’s toughest problems already exist—you just need to know where to look for them.

The view from Lelu Island toward Kitson Island and the Pacific Ocean in July 2017.

Fantasy Island

Exporting British Columbia’s abundant energy resources should have been a slam dunk. How did a multibillion-dollar dream go up in smoke?

Twilight of the Kurds

Kurdish officials once dreamed of forging their own state out of the ashes of the war against the Islamic State. Now they are fighting for their very survival.

A Liberal Defense of Tribalism

There’s nothing wrong with political tribes that can’t be fixed by what’s right with them.