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 view of the Davos ski resort during the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 26, 2018. (MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

Inside the Strange Bubble World of Davos

Scenes from Switzerland’s annual gathering of the rich and clueless.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs A. Wess Mitchell speaks during a press conference in Pristina, Kosovo, on March 12, 2018. (Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Administration’s Top Europe Diplomat Resigns

A Russia hawk, A. Wess Mitchell helped reassure U.S. allies worried about the president’s relationship with Putin.

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the G-20 summit in Hangzhou, China, on Sept. 4, 2016. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Europe’s Future Is as China’s Enemy

The continent can save NATO—but only if it takes Washington’s side in its growing struggle with Beijing.

Former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig (left) and Canadian Michael Spavor. (AP)

Xi Jinping, Release These Men

The detention of Canadian citizens on spurious charges by Beijing sends a dangerous message.

Ukrainian ultra-nationalists burn flares and shout slogans as they march in the center of Lviv on April 28, 2016, to mark the 73rd anniversary of the foundation of the SS Galicia. (Yuriy Dyachshyn/AFP/Getty Images)

Black Is the New Orange

With Soviet-style illiberalism on the rise, what is there to celebrate on the five-year anniversary of Ukraine’s Maidan uprising?

An employee works on a laptop at BuzzFeed headquarters, December 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Security Brief: The Mueller Scoop That Wasn’t; McGurk Speaks Out

Special Counsel Robert Mueller issued a rare statement disputing reporting on his investigation, and Trump's former envoy to the anti-Islamic State coalition speaks out.

A migrant rides a bike past greenhouses on January 14, 2019. In southern Spain, the far-right party Vox has attracted farmers with its pledge to deport illegal workers.

Spanish Nationalists Hate Separatists, Not Immigrants

Spain has long resisted the rise of the far-right, because Basque and Catalan separatism animated nationalist passions—but the rise of Vox in Andalusia shows that the country is not immune from xenophobic politics.

Galleries

Kenyan security forces help people escape after a bomb blast at DusitD2 hotel in Nairobi on Jan. 15. A huge blast followed by a gun battle rocked the upmarfket hotel and office complex, killing at least 21 in an attack claimed by the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab Islamist group. KABIR DHANJI/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Protests in Britain, animal blessings in Spain, and attacks in Kenya, Afghanistan, and Colombia.

A Vietnamese woman collects incense sticks in the village of Quang Phu Cau on the outskirts of Hanoi on Jan. 3. In Vietnam's “incense village,” hundreds of workers dye, dry, and whittle down bamboo bark to make the fragrant sticks ahead of the busy lunar new year holiday. MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Preparation for the Lunar New Year in Vietnam, the election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Epiphany celebrations around the world.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers his first State of the Union address in Washington on Jan. 30, 2018. (Win McNamee/AFP/Getty Images)

Welcome to the World’s Least Ugly Economy

Despite inequality, debt, and a tariff war, the U.S. economy is still the strongest.

A member of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces takes down a tattered Islamic State flag in Tabqa, Syria, in April 2017. (Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images)

The New Face of Terrorism in 2019

Forget the Middle East—it’s time to prepare for attacks from the former Soviet Union.

Broke in Beirut

In Capernaum, Nadine Labaki finds a new way for film to deal with poverty.

Press ‘A’ to Study Harder

A new video game captures the anxiety of Chinese parenting.

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