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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Syrians gather amidst destruction in Zardana, in the mostly rebel-held northern Syrian Idlib province, in the aftermath of air strikes in the area late on June 8, 2018.

The U.N. Helps Syria Bomb the Opposition

A United Nations program passes on rebel coordinates to Russia. Its bombs do the rest.

Dollars and yuan notes are seen at a bank on May 15, 2006 in Beijing, China.

The United States Will Miss China’s Money

The rattled stock market gets all the trade war attention, but it’s the sharp decline in China’s U.S. investments that should alarm Americans.

US President Donald Trump boards Air Force One at Pittsburgh International Airport in Pennsylvania on August 13, 2019, before returning to his Bedminster golf club in New Jersey. Trump met with his national security advisers on Friday to discuss Afghanistan. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Can Trump Make a Deal for Afghanistan?

A deadly blast in Kabul raises questions about peace talks between the Taliban and U.S. negotiators.

A statue of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his dog Fala are seen at the FDR Memorial September 20, 2012 in Washington, DC.

There Once Was a President Who Hated War

American elites used to see war as a tragic necessity. Now they’re completely addicted to it.

ndian paramilitary troopers stand on alert during India's Independence Day in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, on Aug. 15.

Our Top Weekend Reads

Enforced calm in Kashmir, protests continue in Hong Kong, and Trump goes for Greenland.

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Will Hong Kong Flare Up or Flame Out?

How the protesters got here—and what will happen next.

Crew members of Iranian supertanker Grace 1 walk on board off the coast of Gibraltar on August 15.

Why Did Gibraltar Release an Iranian Tanker?

Plus: Trump tries to add Greenland to his real estate portfolio, a U.N. Security Council meeting on Kashmir, and the other stories we’re following today.

Galleries

A Hong Kong policeman falls backward during a scuffle with pro-democracy protesters during ongoing demonstrations at Hong Kong's International Airport on Aug. 13. MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Conflict in Hong Kong, a lockdown in Kashmir, and wildfires in Indonesia and Greece.

Riot police officers detain a protester during an unauthorized rally demanding that independent and opposition candidates be allowed to run for office in local elections in September, at Moscow's Trubnaya Square on July 27. KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Floods in India and Pakistan, a symbolic sculpture in Syria, and protests in Moscow, Hong Kong, and Khartoum.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

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.

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Space Research Can Save the Planet—Again

The solutions to climate change lie far, far away.

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.

Can ‘Supercharged’ Plants Solve the Climate Crisis?

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

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