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Cities Saving States

Cities Saving States

Nigeria is a mess, but its biggest city is thriving. Can Lagos show other misgoverned countries the way?

Death on the Kremlin’s Doorstep

Death on the Kremlin’s Doorstep

The killing of Boris Nemtsov heralds a new era of darkness for Russia’s already battered opposition.

Allah Versus KFC

Allah Versus KFC

How an Unlikely American Ideologue Is Inspiring Egypt's New Generation of Militants

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Cities Saving States

Nigeria is a mess, but its biggest city is thriving. Can Lagos show other misgoverned countries the way?

Christian Caryl

Death on the Kremlin’s Doorstep

The killing of Boris Nemtsov heralds a new era of darkness for Russia’s already battered opposition.

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Allah Versus KFC

How an Unlikely American Ideologue Is Inspiring Egypt's New Generation of Militants

Transitions
Christian Caryl

Here's Why 'Timbuktu' Deserves Its Oscars Nod

It’s that time of year again: The Oscars are approaching. To be honest, I usually don’t pay much attention. Most entertainment awards these days seem ...

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Beyond Bribery

It’s time to start fighting the most insidious form of corruption -- the kind that’s legal.

Christian Caryl

Putin Is the Very Model of a Modern Major Dictator

Autocrats want to be him; nationalists want to be with him. Why Putinmania poses a greater threat than Russian tanks in Ukraine ever could.

Christian Caryl

Want to Hurt the Islamic State? Here’s How.

The Islamic State’s latest atrocities have triggered global revulsion. Beheading two utterly harmless and innocent Japanese men, Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto, was bad enough. ...

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Room for Debate in Rwanda

The first post-genocide generation is growing up. One remarkable organization is teaching them how to argue about politics.

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The Other Front in Ukraine’s War for Survival

Ukraine needs a win in its negotiations with foreign investors just as much as victory on the battlefield.

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How to Save Afghanistan’s Democracy

On September 21, 2014, after months of gridlock following a hotly contested election, Afghan presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah signed a power-sharing deal ...

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What Germany Owes Ukraine

In a state visit to Hungary on Tuesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel reiterated what has become her mantra ever since Russian tanks, men, and materiel ...

Dispatch

Egypt’s War on Charity

As Egypt’s government lashes out against political Islam, faith-based charities become collateral damage. The real losers are the poor.

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Staving Off Nigeria’s Next Train Wreck

Nigeria is scheduled to hold elections in February 2015. They should be postponed. The country is heading into these elections with insufficient preparation, extreme tensions, ...

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Why the World of Think Tanks Needs a Reality Check

Every year, American parents turn to U.S. News & World Report’s annual college rankings, a frequently consulted (and just as frequently derided) index indicating year ...

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Christian Caryl

If Kurdistan Becomes the World's Next Nation, The Middle East Will Never Be the Same

The Kurds are on the verge of getting a homeland of their own. If they do, the Middle East will never be the same.

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Africa’s Next Revolution?

Yet another African autocrat is looking vulnerable. As protests roil Togo, President Gnassingbe stands defiant.

Christian Caryl

Religion Is Not the Enemy

Salman Rushdie blames the "Charlie Hebdo" killings on "religion.” He’s got the wrong culprit.

Christian Caryl

It’s a Black Christmas for the Christians of the Middle East

A few weeks ago I found myself at the gates of Saint Elias Church, one of many in the traditional Christian quarter of Erbil, the ...

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ISIS Is Sisi Spelled Backwards

We Arabs have been caught for decades between the horns of a false and oppressive dilemma, forced to either support the ruling autocrats in return ...

Putinology

A Walk Down Putin Avenue

Life inside the first city that Russia’s strongman crushed and conquered.

Christian Caryl

The biggest threat to Ukraine isn’t Vladimir Putin: It’s corruption

What’s the best way to save Ukraine? “By reforming the country,” says Sergii Leshchenko, a freshman member of the Ukrainian parliament. The war against Russian ...

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Yemen’s Astonishing Financial Meltdown

SANAA, Yemen — The bustling Rowaishan roundabout in central Sanaa connects the upmarket Hadda district with Algeria Street, a strip of shopping malls and fast food ...

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Keeping Tunisia in the Dark

In the early days after the uprising that pushed out Tunisia’s ruling regime in January 2011, reform-minded Tunisians in all sectors saw the popular demands ...

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Home Away From Home

Attachai Anantameak leads us down a narrow alley and up a flight of stairs into an apartment that serves as a safe house in a ...

Putinology

The Costs of Exile

These days, the authorities in post-Soviet countries are making a habit of persecuting their opponents in order to maintain social control. In many cases, the ...

Dispatch

How Do You Say ‘Gridlock’ in Burmese?

RANGOON — Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate who leads Burma's opposition, summed it up during her press conference last week. The country's ...

Christian Caryl

Remembering the Fall

We all have those moments in our lives that we remember with unstinting clarity. In my case, they include my wedding day, the birth of ...

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Remember What They Died for on the Maidan

Recently there has been growing and justified skepticism about the idea of democracy promotion, particularly in light of the unfulfilled hopes of the Arab Spring, ...

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Fukuyama’s Fatalism

In Political Order and Political Decay, the second volume of his magnum opus on the underpinnings of liberal democracy, Francis Fukuyama makes the case that ...

Christian Caryl

The Beacon Dims

The approaching midterm election here in the United States offers fresh occasion for anguish about the fate of American democracy. We have a national vote ...

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West Africa’s Financial Immune Deficiency

In recent months, as the spreading Ebola emergency took center stage in Washington, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) have pledged $530 million ...

Christian Caryl

Can Thailand Move Beyond the Coup?

On May 22, exactly six months ago, the military in Thailand launched a coup. The generals in Bangkok announced that they were putting an end ...

About Democracy Lab

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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