Democracy Lab

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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Thierry Baudet, the leader of the Forum voor Democratie (FvD) party, reacts during election night in Amsterdam, on March 15, 2017.

The New Dutch Disease Is White Nationalism

An upstart far-right party in the Netherlands threatens to entrench xenophobia in one of Europe’s most progressive countries.

Andrea Nahles and Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer in Berlin, on March 12, 2018. (JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany’s Post-Merkel Power Fraus

The German chancellor's most likely successors are both women — but the similarities end there.

Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hand with Czech President Milos Zeman in Prague on March 29, 2016. (Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images)

Prague Opened the Door to Chinese Influence. Now It May Need to Change Course.

The fall of a shadowy Chinese oil magnate may bring a reckoning to cozy Czech-Chinese relations.


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.

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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.