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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U.S. President Donald Trump takes questions as he departs the White House in Washington on Oct. 2. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

The World Will Soon Start Talking Like Trump

Three lessons about communicating that politicians in the United States, and abroad, are learning from the current U.S. president.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman participates in a meeting between members of the British government and Saudi ministers and delegates in London on March 7. (Dan Kitwood/WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Will the Saudis’ Khashoggi Confession Get Them Off the Hook?

By claiming they were only trying to abduct the journalist, they’re hoping to draw a moral equivalence with U.S. renditions.

An oil worker lies on a deck during a fire drill aboard the Pemex Ku-S oil processing center in the Gulf of Mexico on Aug. 5, 2010. (Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images)

Mexico and Brazil’s Crude Politics

A potential return to resource nationalism could set both countries back.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and Arlene Foster, the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) visit Belleek Pottery, on July 19, 2018 in St Belleek, Northern Ireland. (Clodagh Kilcoyne - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The Democratic Unionist Party Isn’t Bluffing on Brexit. It’s Being ‘Thran.’

The small Northern Irish party that props up the British government has a history of belligerence and brinkmanship. But ultimately it will blink.

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis speaks to members of the press before a press briefing at the Pentagon on Aug. 28. (Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

Who Will Replace Mattis?

Trump signals in an interview that his defense secretary might be out.

Galleries

A soldier from the Democratic Republic of the Congo is seen at a military base outside Oicha on Oct. 7. JOHN WESSELS/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Soldiers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a rocket malfunction in Kazakhstan, and a human tower in Spain.

Displaced Yemeni children from the Hodeidah province shelter in a damaged house on Sept. 30 where they have been living with other displaced families in the southwestern Yemeni city of Taez. The conflict has triggered what the U.N. describes as the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with three-quarters of the population, or 22 million people in need of humanitarian aid. (Ahmad Al-Basha/AFP/Getty Images)

A Week in World Photos

Displaced children in Yemen, farmer protests in New Delhi, and a return to Earth in Kazakhstan.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

A cruise ship near the harbor of Ilulissat off the west coast of Greenland, north of the Arctic Circle, in August 2012. (Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)

Stretched Thin on Thin Ice

With the Arctic melting and northern coast guards struggling to keep up, the next disaster is a matter of when, not if.

Matt Chase illustration for Foreign Policy

Food Fight

Why the next big battle may not be fought over treasure or territory—but for fish.

The Taliban’s Fight for Hearts and Minds

The militants’ new strategy is to out-govern the U.S.-backed administration in Kabul—and it’s working.

Point and Nuke

Remembering the era of portable atomic bombs.

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