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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Protesters march against the now-suspended China Extradition Law on June 16 in Hong Kong.

China’s Grip on Hong Kong

Plus: The U.N. report on Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, an exodus from Congo, and the other stories we’re following today.

Prime Minister Leo Varadkar of Ireland, United States President Donald J. Trump, and first lady Melania Trump pose with a bowl of shamrocks presented by Varadkar to Trump on March 15, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

The Emerald Isle Has Friends On Both Sides of the Aisle

Bipartisan support of Ireland in the United States is stronger than ever, Dublin’s ambassador writes.

Protesters demonstrate bill on June 16, 2019 in Hong Kong.

Beijing Blames Foreigners When Hong Kongers March

Belief in foreign spies is projection about the Party's own overseas activities.

A man hangs a poster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi as people attend symbolic funeral cerenomy on June 18,2019 at Fatih mosque in Istanbul.

Egypt Doesn’t Matter Anymore

The death of Mohamed Morsi is the latest milestone along the country’s slide into terminal irrelevance.

Conservative MP and Conservative leadership contender Boris Johnson leaves his home in London on June 19, 2019.

This Is No Way to Pick a Prime Minister

Britain's process for replacing Theresa May is hard-fought, high-stakes—and completely undemocratic.

South Koreans in Seoul watch a television broadcast reporting a meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping on March 28.

From Pariah to Pawn

Trump helped make Kim Jong Un a global statesman. Now China is using him to antagonize the United States.

Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt attend the opening session of a conference on the Middle East on Feb. 14, in Warsaw, Poland.

Don’t Dismiss the Bahrain Conference. It Can Help Palestinians.

Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt’s peace plan may not be the deal of the century, but there are interim steps that U.S. officials and Arab leaders could take to help stabilize the West Bank and Gaza.

Galleries

Protesters clash with police during a demonstration outside the Legislative Council Complex in Hong Kong on June 12. ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Protesters in Hong Kong, students in Yemen, and self defense in India.

Argentinian activists with green handkerchiefs, which symbolize the abortion rights movement, demonstrate to mark the revival of their campaign to legalize abortion in Buenos Aires on May 28. EMILIANO LASALVIA/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Abortion-rights demonstrators in Argentina, marriage in Taiwan, and flooding in the American Midwest.

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.

A poster released by the Alberta Department of Public Health circa 1948. (A17202b/Provincial Archives of Alberta)

How Alberta Won the Rat Race

One Canadian province has virtually eliminated its vermin—and shows how others can too.

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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