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Cuba's Christmas Surprise for Caracas

Cuba's Christmas Surprise for Caracas

Where the Executioners Sue Their Victims

Where the Executioners Sue Their Victims

Freedom of the Press for Beginners
Argument

Everyone’s Congratulating Tunisia’s New Democracy. So Why Are Young People Tuning Out?

Tunisia has much to be proud of. After all, it was the “Tunisian street” that launched the Arab Spring of 2011 and chased dictator Zine ...

Putinology

A Walk Down Putin Avenue

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

Christian Caryl

The biggest threat to Ukraine isn’t Vladimir Putin: It’s corruption

What’s the best way to save Ukraine? “By reforming the country,” says Sergii Leshchenko, a freshman member of the Ukrainian parliament. The war against Russian ...

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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 ...

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Transitions

Cuba's Christmas Surprise for Caracas

Transitions

Can Tunisia Still Deliver Justice to Victims of the Old Regime?

In late November, Tunisians looked on as Egypt's courts made the shocking decision to acquit former autocratic leader Hosni Mubarak of the charge of killing ...

Argument

The Two Faces of Azerbaijan’s Government

Azerbaijan’s most famous investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova is the latest in a long list of Azerbaijani activists to become political prisoners. Ismayilova, a journalist with ...

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Keeping Tunisia in the Dark

In the early days after the uprising that pushed out Tunisia’s ruling regime in January 2011, reform-minded Tunisians in all sectors saw the popular demands ...

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Argument

The General Disagreement on Tariffs and Trade

Nearly 70 years ago, with fresh memories of the disastrous trade wars of the 1930s, leaders of the United States and 22 other countries launched ...

Argument

It’s Time to Rethink How We Do Development

As the latest version of Band Aid heads to Number 1 in the U.K. charts again, it's starting to feel like Groundhog Day in development ...

Putinology

The Costs of Exile

These days, the authorities in post-Soviet countries are making a habit of persecuting their opponents in order to maintain social control. In many cases, the ...

Argument

Iran’s Nuclear Chill

Over the past year, Iran's relations with the West have undergone a dramatic transformation. Last fall, the United States and Europe embarked on direct talks ...

Argument

What Next for the Lwili Revolution?

On Oct. 31, President Blaise Compaoré, the 27-year ruler of Burkina Faso, stepped down following massive protests in the country's two major cities. While incidents ...

Dispatch

How Do You Say ‘Gridlock’ in Burmese?

RANGOON — Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate who leads Burma's opposition, summed it up during her press conference last week. The country's ...

Christian Caryl

Remembering the Fall

We all have those moments in our lives that we remember with unstinting clarity. In my case, they include my wedding day, the birth of ...

Argument

Why I Still Believe in the Arab Spring

Note: This article is a slightly modified version of a presentation made at the Oslo Freedom Forum last month. A video of the presentation is ...

Argument

Remember What They Died for on the Maidan

Recently there has been growing and justified skepticism about the idea of democracy promotion, particularly in light of the unfulfilled hopes of the Arab Spring, ...

Argument

Fukuyama’s Fatalism

In Political Order and Political Decay, the second volume of his magnum opus on the underpinnings of liberal democracy, Francis Fukuyama makes the case that ...

Argument

Erdogan’s Unsung Victory

On May 28, 1960, U.S. Ambassador Fletcher Warren sat down with the general who, early the previous morning, had taken control of Turkey by toppling ...

Argument

West Africa’s Financial Immune Deficiency

In recent months, as the spreading Ebola emergency took center stage in Washington, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) have pledged $530 million ...

Christian Caryl

Can Thailand Move Beyond the Coup?

On May 22, exactly six months ago, the military in Thailand launched a coup. The generals in Bangkok announced that they were putting an end ...

Dispatch

Ukraine Wins

CHERKASY, Ukraine — The Ukrainian people emerged from the polls on Sunday with an unambiguous message: They wish to continue their turn to Europe. Five ...

Argument

Hungary's at the Back of the Class

When foreign ministers from 106 nations met in June 2000 to sign the Warsaw Declaration Toward a Community of Democracies, Hungary was a poster child ...

Case Studies

For the People, By the People in Indonesia

Note: This article is an abridged version of two case studies (here and here) produced by Innovations for Successful Societies, a research program at Princeton ...

Putinology

The Complicated Life of Georgia’s Philosopher President

The president of Georgia has the soft but persuasive voice of an academic. After almost a year in office, Giorgi Margvelashvili, a former university rector ...

Christian Caryl

Sorry, Eric X. Li, Democracy Is Not the Problem

The past year hasn't been a happy one for democrats. Most of the Arab Spring uprisings, which inspired so much hope when they started three ...

Lab Report

How to Bring Brazil’s Economy Back to Life

As Brazilians went to the polls on Oct. 5 to choose their new president, Aécio Neves, the Brazilian Social Democratic Party (PSDB) presidential candidate, surged ...

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, Prachi Vidwans

Learn more about Democracy Lab here.

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