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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 resident looks at a damaged home and shops following clashes in New Delhi on Feb. 26.

Uneasy Calm in Delhi After Days of Riots

More than 20 people have died in violence that began with protests over India’s controversial citizenship law.

A demonstrator holds a flag of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic as he is carried by fellow activists dressed as zombies outside the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev on March 17, 2015.

The United States Needs to Declare War on Proxies

The most important takeaway from the killing of Qassem Suleimani doesn’t just have to do with Iran.

A South Korean health worker sprays disinfectant as part of preventive measures against the spread of the coronavirus at a residential area near the Daegu branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus on Feb. 27.

Cults and Conservatives Spread Coronavirus in South Korea

Seoul seemed to have the virus under control. But religion and politics have derailed plans.

Displaced Syrian children stand by the Turkish border wall at an informal camp in Kafr Lusin village in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib on Feb. 21.

The U.N. Won’t Save Idlib. The EU and NATO Can.

It’s too late to defeat the Assad regime, but a humanitarian intervention by the EU and NATO could prevent countless deaths and another massive refugee crisis.

Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini, the Ordinary People party leader Igor Matovic, and the far-right People's Party-Our Slovakia leader Marian Kotleba await the start of the parliamentary election TV debate in Bratislava, Slovakia, on Feb. 20.

Slovakia Faces a Stark Choice

A historic murder trial ahead of parliamentary elections could boost liberal democratic forces over the populist ruling party.

An Israeli settler walks past a Palestinian house with verandas covered in meshing along the Israeli-controlled Shuhada street in the West Bank city of Hebron on Jan. 28.

Trump’s Plan for Palestine Looks a Lot Like Apartheid

Israel has long resisted the South Africa analogy, but the U.S. government’s support for annexation is making it a reality.

Disinfection professionals spray anti-septic solution  at a traditional market in Seoul, South Korea, on Feb. 26.

U.S. Officials Tell Americans to Brace for Coronavirus Outbreak

Health experts are concerned by the rising number of virus cases in Italy and Iran.

Galleries

A group of migrants travel on board a rescue boat on Feb. 10, one day after their rescue off the Libyan coast. Ninety-three migrants from Mali, Ivory Coast, and Cameroon were rescued by the Spanish NGO Maydayterraneo in the central Mediterranean. PABLO GARCIA/AFP via Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Migrants in the Mediterranean, a mass masked wedding in South Korea, and a melting glacier in the French Alps.

People in traditional Korean hanbok dresses wear face masks as they jump for a souvenir picture at Gyeongbokgung palace in Seoul on Feb. 3. JUNG YEON-JE/AFP via Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Rebel fighters in Syria, protesters at the U.S.-Mexico border, and migrants in Greece.

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.