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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Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo briefed lawmakers on the Iran threat, May 21, 2019.

United States Sticks to Iran Deterrence

Plus: Theresa May's "new deal," Sudan's protesters on strike, and the other stories we're following today.

President Donald J. Trump announces the withdrawal of the United States from the Iran nuclear deal in Washington on May 8, 2018.

There Is No Check on Trump’s Rage Going Nuclear

An angry, entitled man has total control over devastating weapons.

Foreign Policy illustration

The 5G Fight Is Bigger Than Huawei

A badly implemented ban would be a Pyrrhic victory at best.

Bernie Sanders speaks during a news conference to urge Congress not to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership on June 3, 2015.

Democrats Won’t Win by Being Trump Lite on Trade

International trade isn’t the problem—it’s Republican trade policies that have empowered corporations while leaving American workers behind.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic walks under a giant Serbian national flag during his arrival in the village of Gazivode, Serbia on Sept. 8, 2018.

Serbia Needs Kosovo’s Respect, Not Its Land

Peace talks have fallen apart again in the Balkans—but Greece and Macedonia show the proper way forward.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attends a military parade marking the country’s annual Army Day in Tehran on April 18.

How to Prevent an Accidental War With Iran

With the dangers of miscalculation or misunderstanding high, Trump should act now to make sure the only wars the United States enters are the ones it really wants to.

Turkish-Cypriot President Mustafa Akinci walks alongside Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the northern part of Nicosia in the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), which is only recognised by Turkey, during a welcome ceremony on July 10, 2018.

Turkey Is Hungry for War With Cyprus

Erdogan has rarely been so weak at home—or so aggressive with his neighbors in the Mediterranean.

Galleries

A man holds a flag depicting former Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva past a bus in flames during a protest organized by the National Students Union in Rio de Janeiro on May 15. Students and teachers from hundreds of universities and colleges began a nationwide demonstration in “defense of education following a raft of budget cuts announced by President Jair Bolsonaro's government. MAURO PIMENTEL/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Protests in Brazil, a greeting in New Zealand, and a pilgrimage in Portugal.

A Palestinian family break their Ramadan fast next to their house that was destroyed in the recent confrontation between Hamas and Israel in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on May 8. SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Breaking fast in Gaza, prayer in Sri Lanka, and World War II remembrance in Belarus.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

Chinese workers construct a shopping mall at a retail and office complex, part of 
a Chinese-backed building boom in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in November 2018. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

Catching China by the Belt (and Road)

How Washington can beat Beijing’s global influence campaign.

(Illustration by Shaivalini Kumar and Meroo Seth for Foreign Policy)

India Has a Mindset Problem

Jugaad once symbolized immense potential, but the endless shortcuts are now holding the country back.

The Spycraft Revolution

Changes in technology, politics, and business are all transforming espionage. Intelligence agencies must adapt—or risk irrelevance.

The Spies Who Came In From the Continent

How Brexit could spell the end of Britain’s famed advantage in intelligence.

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