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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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech at the Grand National Assembly in Ankara on March 20. (Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey Wants to Veto Civil Society Organizations at the OSCE

It wouldn’t be the first time Erdogan took domestic politics to the international arena.

Peacekeeper troops from Ethiopia and deployed in the United Nations (UN) Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) patrol in a UN vehicle at night in Abyei town, Abyei state, on December 14, 2016. (ALBERT GONZALEZ FARRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Peacekeepers Shouldn’t Always Be Peaceful

The United Nations needs to accept that it's possible to fight and broker peace agreements at the same time.

Soldiers from the Foreign Legion march down the Champs Elysees, with the Arc de Triomphe in the background,  in Paris during a rehearsal of the annual Bastille Day military parade on July 10, 2017. (Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images)

Army Service Could Be the Answer to Europe’s Integration Problem

The EU’s defense forces are struggling to recruit, and immigrants are often eager to serve.

A Turkish tank on a hilltop overlooking the Turkey-Syria border on Oct. 9, 2014. (Gokhan Sahin/Getty Images)

When Diplomacy Disappears

The Trump Administration’s lack of engagement has made the terrorist threat worse.

Emmanuel Macron with students during the inauguration of an apprentice training centre in Tours on March 14, 2018.  (BENOIT TESSIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Everyone in France Wants to Claim the Legacy of 1968

Leftists want to celebrate revolutionary idealism; conservatives, the triumph of traditional authority. And Emmanuel Macron is trying to split the difference.

A Chinese Communist Party flag is displayed at an exhibition showcasing China's progress in the past five years at the Beijing Exhibition Center on Oct. 10, 2017. (Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images)

The Chinese Communist Party Is Setting Up Cells at Universities Across America

It’s a strategy to tighten ideological control. And it’s happening around the world.

Galleries

Macedonian Orthodox worshippers light candles from the holy fire that arrived from Jerusalem during the Easter service at the St. Jovan Bigorski monastery, some 145 km west of the capital Skopje,April 8, 2018.

The World in Photos This Week

Parkour in Syria, opium in Afghanistan, and demonstrations in France.

South African school children pause next to a portrait of South African anti-apartheid campaigner Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at her house in Soweto, South Africa, on April 3. “The Mother of the Nation” and Nelson Mandela's former wife died April 2 at age 81. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images)

The World in Photos This Week

Protests in Gaza, giant pandas in China, and evacuees in Syria.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

Foto, Michael Melo

The Right to Kill

Should Brazil keep its Amazon tribes from taking the lives of their children?

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Germany’s Family Feud

Family reunification for refugees is no longer a given. But keeping relatives apart hurts host countries as well as newcomers.

Thus Spoke Jordan Peterson

The best-selling psychologist isn't leading young men to salvation — he's delivering them to authoritarianism.

The Arab World’s Star Student

What Tunisia can teach its neighbors about the value of education.