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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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German Chancellor Angela Merkel departs in the early morning after preliminary coalition talks collapsed.  (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Germany Has Plunged Into Unprecedented Political Chaos

It’s going to be a while before Europe’s most powerful country has a stable government – and Angela Merkel probably won't be leading it.

Palestinian security forces loyal to Hamas stand guard outside the Rafah border crossing with Egypt in November 2017. MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images

Can the Trump Administration Help an Israeli Held by Hamas?

The family says it’s not about politics. But might politics help them?

French President Emmanuel Macron looks at a bust of writer Alexandre Dumas during a visit to the Monte Cristo castle near Paris, on Sep. 16. (Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images)

France Is Debating Whether French Is Sexist

Is the grammar of liberté, égalité, fraternité inherently chauvinistic?

A screen shows footage of the launch of a Hwasong-12 rocket in Pyongyang September 16. (Kim Won-Jin/AFP/Getty Images)

SitRep: North Korea Readying New Round of Launches, Intel Says

Iranian general spotted on front lines in Syria; U.S. sends more commandos to Somalia

What can we learn from Bin Laden's diary? (Getty Images)

Among the Memes and YouTube Videos, What Do the Bin Laden Files Hold?

The CIA recently released hundreds of thousands of files seized from Osama bin Laden’s compound. What can we learn from them?

Senator Robert Menendez speaks outside federal court after he was indicted on corruption charges on April 2, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. (Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

Democrats Are Hypocrites on Corruption

Robert Menendez is credibly accused of serious crimes, but his party has never seemed to have a problem with him.

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the State Department on November 20, 2017. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Rex Tillerson Is Underrated

A revisionist assessment of the Trump administration’s beleaguered Secretary of State.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel departs in the early morning after preliminary coalition talks collapsed.  (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Germany Has Plunged Into Unprecedented Political Chaos

It’s going to be a while before Europe’s most powerful country has a stable government – and Angela Merkel probably won't be leading it.

Palestinian security forces loyal to Hamas stand guard outside the Rafah border crossing with Egypt in November 2017. MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images

Can the Trump Administration Help an Israeli Held by Hamas?

The family says it’s not about politics. But might politics help them?

French President Emmanuel Macron looks at a bust of writer Alexandre Dumas during a visit to the Monte Cristo castle near Paris, on Sep. 16. (Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images)

France Is Debating Whether French Is Sexist

Is the grammar of liberté, égalité, fraternité inherently chauvinistic?

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This Land Is Their Land

Immigration is inevitable. When will the West learn that it promises salvation — not destruction?

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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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