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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‘It Was Nothing Short of Treasonous’

How people in the United States and Russia responded to the Helsinki summit.

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Trump on Putin: The U.S. President’s Views, In His Own Words

A history of contradictory statements from 2015 to the present.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin give a joint press conference after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki on July 16. (Brendan Smialowski/ AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s What Trump and Putin Actually Said in Helsinki

The press conference transcript—and what the White House edited out.

A woman holds the book of Emmanuel Macron, head of "En Marche" political movement and presidential candidate, during a book signing session in a library in Bordeaux, on December 13, 2016. (NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP/Getty Images)

Liberté! Égalité! Overcrowded, Underfunded Universities!

Can Emmanuel Macron save France's higher education system by making it more American?

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the NATO summit in Brussels on July 12. (Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

Trump’s ‘America First’ Policy Could Leave U.S. Defense Industry Behind

Fallout from Trump’s moves on trade and foreign relations was evident at a major international air show.

Saudi energy minister Khalid al-Falih, the architect of OPEC’s production restraints that drove prices higher in recent years, in Baghdad on May 22, 2017.

Proposed Law Would Allow U.S. to Sue OPEC for Manipulating Oil Market

Trump appears to favor the idea, but oil producers are already pumping flat out.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak during a joint press conference after their summit on in Helsinki on July 16. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

As Trump Walks Back Russia Comments, Senate Summons Pompeo for Hearing on Helsinki

The president said he misspoke when he sided with Putin over the U.S. intelligence community, but that may not be enough to quell Republican furor.

Galleries

Afghan pigeon fancier Abdul Ghani feeds his pigeons as they fly from the rooftop of his home in Herat province on June 30. HOSHANG HASHIMI/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

A pigeon fancier in Afghanistan, migrants in the Mediterranean, and a fire-breathing stuntman in India.

The full moon rises behind burning moorland as a large wildfire sweeps across the moors between Dovestones and Buckton Vale in Stalybridge, England.  (Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)

A Week in World Photos

A fiery moon over England, a chess champion in Nepal, and rhino relocation in Kenya.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

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Learning to Work With Robots

AI will change everything. Workers must adapt — or else.

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Facing the Future of Work

How to adapt to robots, AI, trade wars, and an aging planet.

How Venezuela Struck It Poor

The tragic — and totally avoidable — self-destruction of one of the world’s richest oil economies.

The Occupation as Entertainment

The second season of the acclaimed TV thriller “Fauda” obscures the dark realities of Israeli rule in the West Bank.