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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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walks with U.S. President Donald Trump during a break in talks at their summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

North Korea Needs a Real Deal, Not a Trump Special

The Hanoi summit can be a step forward—if both sides commit.

Chef José Andrés stirs paella in a giant pan during the #ChefsForPuertoRico relief operation in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in October 2017. (World Central Kitchen)

Paellas for the People

On the podcast: How chef José Andrés feeds the needy around the world.

Pro-Biafra supporters shout slogans in Aba, southeastern Nigeria, during a protest calling for the release of a key activist on Nov. 18, 2015. (Pius Utomi Ekepi/AFP/Getty Images)

Slouching Toward Secession in Nigeria

Apathetic voters are planning to boycott this weekend’s election—and may inadvertently boost the country’s most fervent separatists.

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, speaks in Washington on Feb. 7. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

How (and How Not) to Talk About the Israel Lobby

There’s a difference between fair and unfair criticisms of AIPAC—and it’s time everyone, including AIPAC, acknowledges it.

The symbol of the euro, the currency of the eurozone, stands illuminated in Frankfurt, Germany, on Jan. 21, 2015. (Hannelore Foerster/Getty Images)

The EU’s Dirty Money Blacklist: North Korea, Syria, and… Puerto Rico?

In the latest showdown between Brussels and Washington, the U.S. Treasury Department instructed American banks to ignore new EU anti-money laundering directives.

Maverick, an American shorthair, keeps his claw on the mouse as he uses a computer at a press preview for the Cat Fanciers’ Association show at Madison Square Garden in New York on Oct. 10, 2007. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

Meet ‘Charming Kitten,’ the Iranian Hackers Linked to Air Force Defector

Monica Witt fled to Iran and was indicted for espionage—alongside an Iranian hacking luminary.

A ballot box is seen at a polling station of Gombi, Adamawa State, Nigeria on Feb. 15, one day ahead of the presidential and parliamentary elections.(Luis Tato/AFP/Getty Images)

FP’s Guide to Nigeria’s Election

Articles to read ahead of a crucial vote.

Galleries

A woman takes part in a protest against gender violence and femicides in Mexico City on Feb. 2. (Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images)

A Week in World Photos

Protest in Mexico, a blockade in Venezuela, and Lunar New Year snow in China.

A local resident uses a wet towel to fight one front of a large brush fire that started around the mountains overlooking the city center in Cape Town, South Africa, on Jan. 27. (Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images)

A Week in World Photos

Fires in Cape Town, ice in Chicago, and the spring festival in China.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

The Fearless Girl statue looks up at Wall Street's Charging Bull sculpture in New York on March 29, 2018.  (Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The End of Economics?

Human beings are rarely rational—so it’s time we all stopped pretending they are.

Firefighters try to control a blaze as it spreads toward the towns of Douglas City and Lewiston in California on July 31, 2018. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

The Coming Climate Crisis

The Little Ice Age could offer a glimpse of our tumultuous future.

Understanding Trump’s Trade War

This year will show what the president really wants. Here’s what to watch for.

Springtime for Strongmen

The world’s authoritarians are on the march—and the West helped pave the way.

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