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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Lower Manhattan in New York City on Oct. 30, 2012, after Hurricane Sandy. Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

Why Central Banks Need to Step Up on Global Warming

A decade after the world bailed out finance, it’s time for finance to bail out the world.

Greta Thunberg attends the Youth for Climate march in Brussels on Feb. 21.  Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images

Democracy Is the Planet’s Biggest Enemy

Young people care a lot about climate change—but most of them can’t vote. Here’s how governments can adapt to accommodate them.

Joanne Chory at the Salk Institute. John Francis Peters

Can ‘Supercharged’ Plants Solve the Climate Crisis?

Crops already suck up a lot of carbon dioxide. One scientist thinks they can do much more.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands at the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 29.

The World This Weekend

Japan and South Korea continue a historic dispute while Turkey exits the F-35 program amid tensions with the United States.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks to the media following talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on June 18 in Berlin.

What to Watch in Ukraine’s Elections

Plus: The U.S. downs a drone in the Persian Gulf, more Brexit drama in the British Parliament, and the other stories we’re following today.

This photograph, posed as an illustration on May 12, 2017, shows the website of the NHS: East and North Hertfordshire notifying users of the aftermath of a cyberattack on its network taken in London.

Cyberdeterrence Needs People, Not Weapons

Mass mobilization might be the best line of defense in a world of online warfare.

Benjamin Netanyahu attends a memorial ceremony for Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, in Sde Boker, Israel on Nov. 14, 2010.

Netanyahu Keeps Winning Because He’s an Effective Leader

Israel’s prime minister has now served in the role for as long as the country’s founding father. Voters support him because they’re convinced he keeps them safe and reduces their international isolation.

Galleries

A boy plays with a toy plane on the eve of a solar eclipse in La Higuera in the Atacama desert north of Santiago, Chile, on July 1. MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

A solar eclipse in Chile, protests in Hong Kong, and cosplay in Malaysia.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo exits a plane upon his arrival in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on June 24. JACQUELYN MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Diplomacy in Saudi Arabia and North Korea, tragedy at the U.S.-Mexico border, and a heat wave in Europe.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

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Why Young Koreans Love to Splurge

Sometimes blowing your paycheck can be a rational choice.

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China’s Overrated Technocrats

Beijing is famous for putting engineers and scientists in charge. But that doesn’t make for better leaders.

Who Will Win the Self-Driving Future?

China and the United States have drastically different visions for autonomous transportation.

Pandora’s Vox

Thousands of years ago, the ancient Greeks anticipated robots and artificial intelligence—and they didn’t trust them.

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