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Whatever Happened to Bahrain’s Torture Reforms?

Whatever Happened to Bahrain’s Torture Reforms?

Despite promises of change, abuses by police and security services remain commonplace in the kingdom.

From Havana to Tehran

From Havana to Tehran

The strange love affair between a theocracy and an atheistic dictatorship.

In Libya, the Tantalizing Promise of a Unity Government
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From Havana to Tehran

On Dec. 17, 2014, President Barack Obama announced a dramatic change in the United States’ policy toward Cuba, heralding the end of a Cold War-era ...

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How Democracy Is Losing Ground in Southeast Asia

Three years ago, on April 1, 2012, I had the great privilege to watch Burmese citizens take part in their first free election in a ...

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The Jihadi Factory

Tiny Tunisia sends more fighters to the Islamic State than either Turkey or Saudi Arabia. Did democracy open a window for extremist recruiters?

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An Underground Army Challenges President Sisi

Since the popularly backed military takeover in 2013, Egypt’s new government has systematically rounded up its adversaries and placed them behind bars: bloggers, youth movement ...

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Today, Tunisia Is Tested

Today, gunmen stormed the National Bardo Museum of Tunis, killing 21 and briefly taking several hostages. The death toll may still rise. Two of the ...

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A Showdown in Moscow’s Power Elite

The news that Russia's most powerful law enforcement agencies have decided to target people linked to one of Russia's most powerful politicians has been dominating ...

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Cranks, Trolls, and Useful Idiots

Following the Feb. 27 murder of liberal Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, a number of Central European websites were quick to provide an explanation. “Whoever gains control ...

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Rolling Up the Welcome Mat

It was during a 1976 visit to the United States that F.W. de Klerk -- South Africa’s last apartheid-era president -- realized that his country’s ...

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The U.S. Needs to Stop Taking Tbilisi for Granted

As Russian forces consolidate their gains in Ukraine over the flat protests of Western leaders, the specter of Russian revanchism is keeping much of Eastern ...

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Is Yemen Becoming the Next Syria?

Battle lines are being drawn in Yemen, the Arab world’s poorest country and the Middle East’s latest candidate for state failure. If, as looks increasingly ...

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Why Picking Sides in Libya Won’t Work

Earlier this month, Libyan jihadis aligned with the Islamic State (IS) released a video showing them beheading 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians. A few weeks before ...

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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?

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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

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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.

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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.

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With Friends Like These

Indonesia's ambitious new president has plenty of problems. But the biggest headache may come from his own allies.

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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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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 ...

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Chechnya’s Lost Boys

Why young Muslims from Chechnya are succumbing to the lure of Islamic State.

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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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The Final Betrayal of Egypt’s Revolution

The democratic revolution in Tahrir Square awakened high hopes in Egyptians. Two years later, it ended in blood and tears.

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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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Religion Is Not the Enemy

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

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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 ...

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A Walk Down Putin Avenue

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


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 ...

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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