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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.

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The now-missing ARA San Juan submarine in Buenos Aires on May 23, 2014. (Alejandro Moritz/AFP/Getty Images)

Five Questions About the Missing Argentine Submarine

Despite a large international search effort, time is running out for the crew.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks at a press conference in Myanmar on Nov. 15, 2017.   (Aung Htet/AFP/Getty Images)

Tillerson Finally Brands Myanmar Crisis ‘Ethnic Cleansing’

Beyond harsh words, Washington hasn’t meted out punishment on Myanmar yet.

Iraqi fighters of the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation Units) stand next to a wall bearing the Islamic State (IS) flag as they enter the city of al-Qaim, in Iraq's western Anbar province near the Syrian border on Nov. 3.  (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

The Caliphate Is Destroyed, But the Islamic State Lives On

Why the United States can’t be complacent about undermining the remnants of the terrorist group.

Afghan security personnel destroy an illegal poppy crop in the Surkh Rod district of eastern Nangarhar province on Apr. 5. (Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images)

Kill All the Poppies

There’s no way to ever win against the Taliban if the heroin trade is left to flourish.

A U.S. soldier takes cover near a patrol base south of Baghdad, Iraq, on Aug. 29, 2007. (David Furst/AFP/Getty Images)

America’s Military Doesn’t Have Enough Money to Do Its Job

Donald Trump promised a bigger defense budget, but the Pentagon is still waiting.

A C-2A Greyhound  launches from the USS Ronald Reagan on Nov. 17. (U.S. Navy)

SitRep: Navy Plane Down in Pacific

U.S. Army walking away form $6 billion battlefield comms network, Air Force says key surveillance plane too vulnerable against Russia

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With Saudi Blockade Threatening Famine in Yemen, U.S. Points Finger at Iran

White House pushes to release intel blaming Iran for attacks on Saudi Arabia

The now-missing ARA San Juan submarine in Buenos Aires on May 23, 2014. (Alejandro Moritz/AFP/Getty Images)

Five Questions About the Missing Argentine Submarine

Despite a large international search effort, time is running out for the crew.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks at a press conference in Myanmar on Nov. 15, 2017.   (Aung Htet/AFP/Getty Images)

Tillerson Finally Brands Myanmar Crisis ‘Ethnic Cleansing’

Beyond harsh words, Washington hasn’t meted out punishment on Myanmar yet.

Iraqi fighters of the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation Units) stand next to a wall bearing the Islamic State (IS) flag as they enter the city of al-Qaim, in Iraq's western Anbar province near the Syrian border on Nov. 3.  (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

The Caliphate Is Destroyed, But the Islamic State Lives On

Why the United States can’t be complacent about undermining the remnants of the terrorist group.

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Rescuing Migrants From a Couch in Galicia

How a school administrator in Spain is helping save refugees with little more than fervor and a phone.

On the Edge of Afghanistan

A decimated economy, a resurgent Taliban, and growing tensions with Iran are driving disenchanted Afghans to seek opportunities abroad. And for many it’s their only option.

Highway Through Hell

The human-smuggling route across the Sahara may have been the deadliest on Earth. Then the EU paid Niger’s army to shut it down — and made it even more treacherous.

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