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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A police officer checks the temperature of a driver at a highway in Wuhan, China, on Jan. 24, 2020.

Our Top Weekend Reads

Wuhan faces quarantine as coronavirus spreads, Imran Khan discusses China, and Trump picks up Ukraine conspiracy theory.

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In Historic Impeachment Trial, Democrats May Have Talked Too Much

The House managers delivered a powerful case that Trump abused his office, but many Americans are tuning out—and almost no Republican votes have changed.

Medical staff members arrive with a patient at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital.

The Wuhan Virus: How to Stay Safe

As China’s epidemic continues to spread, things may seem scary. Here are ten simple precautions that can protect you from contracting the coronavirus.

Iran rials, pictured on April 11, 2011.

Iran Has a Bitcoin Strategy to Beat Trump

As the United States expands its sanctions, Iran has been ramping up its use of cryptocurrencies to get around them.

Supporters of the anti-Matteo Salvini "Sardine Movement," gather in Piazza San Giovanni in Latrerano on Dec.14, 2019 in Rome.

Italy’s Sardines Want to Stop Matteo Salvini. They Might End Up Strengthening Him.

By depicting the far-right League leader as a villain, a grassroots movement calling for civility in politics could help hand the leftist stronghold of Emilia-Romagna to the right.

A woman uses her phone as she walks past an ATM for the digital currency bitcoin in Hong Kong on Dec. 18, 2017.

The Greenback Needs a Digital Makeover

To preserve the dollar’s status as the world’s reserve currency, the United States can’t let China get ahead on cryptocurrency.

A vaccinator marks the door of a house during a polio vaccination drive in Nowshera, Pakistan, on April 22, 2019.

Pakistan’s Secret Weapon Against Polio

Female health workers and religious leaders are driving up the country’s dangerously low vaccination rates.

Galleries

A Lebanese youth runs with a national flag as smoke billows from burning tires during a demonstration in Jal el-Dib area on the northern outskirts of Beirut on Jan. 14. JOSEPH EID/AFP via Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Protests in Lebanon and Chile, cleanup in the Philippines and Puerto Rico, and impeachment in the United States.

Residents commute on a road through thick smoke from bushfires in Bemboka, in Australia's New South Wales state, on Jan. 5. SAEED KHAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Otherworldly Photos of the Australian Bushfires

Deadly blazes have swept the country amid record heat, killing more than 20 people and millions of animals and leaving behind a charred, apocalyptic landscape.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

Dan Saelinger illustration for Foreign Policy

Can Social Democrats Save the World (Again)?

Communism and democratic socialism won’t heal today’s political divisions. But social democracy—which helped ward off extremism following World War II—could.

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Why Socialism Won’t Work

Capitalism is still the best way to handle risk and boost innovation and productivity.

How Climate Change Has Supercharged the Left

Global warming could launch socialists to unprecedented power—and expose their movement’s deepest contradictions.

Why the Berlin Wall Still Matters

Fragments of the wall have become museum pieces. But with the rise of extremist parties in Germany, the debate over the barrier’s legacy is anything but history.