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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Our Top Weekend Reads

EU member states find commonality in crisis, Afghans accuse donor countries of hypocrisy on corruption, and how Biden’s climate plans could shape energy markets.

Pakistani laborers work on a building in Lahore on Jan. 21, 2014.

Pakistan Has Its Problems, but It Won’t Perish

A new book offers riveting and memorable reporting, though it falls back on outdated narratives of a country that has moved on.

People make a line to board a bus next to a mural depicting the National Assembly building, in Caracas on Dec. 2 ahead of parliamentary elections in the country.

Venezuelans Prepare to Vote as Maduro Looks to Consolidate Power

Voters go to the polls on Sunday to choose a new National Assembly, while the country’s dwindling opposition has called for a boycott.

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Pandemic Crisis Drives Cubans to Rare, Risky Protest

Economic devastation and tightened censorship have made for a bleak 2020.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg leads a conversation on free expression at Georgetown University on Oct. 17, 2019 in Washington.

How to Judge Facebook’s New Judges

The social media company’s search for consistent rules has been long, winding, and entirely self-defeating.

Rep. Gregory Meeks speaks during a press conference in Havana, Cuba.

Meeks Makes History as First Black Lawmaker to Chair House Foreign Affairs Committee

The New York congressman fended off a progressive challenge in an unusually public race.

Galleries

Protesters—many of them armed—try to enter the Michigan House of Representatives chamber and are stopped by state police during a protest April 30 demanding that businesses be reopened. An “American Patriot Rally” organized by Michigan United for Liberty was held earlier in the day on the steps of the state Capitol in Lansing. JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images

The Week in World Photos

Global protests against government-imposed lockdowns, gang violence in El Salvador, and hat tips to medical staff.

Muslims offer prayers on April 23, the first night of Ramadan, in Bireuen, Indonesia. AMANDA JUFRIAN/AFP via Getty Images

The Week in World Photos

A prayerful start to Ramadan, medical workers on the front lines of a pandemic, and the annual Lyrids meteor shower.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

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How to Save Global Capitalism From Itself

Decentralizing decision-making can help left-behind regions get back on track.

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Britain’s Post-Brexit Identity Crisis

Boris Johnson has contradictory ideas for his country’s future—and no clear paths for getting there.

The Ugly End of Chimerica

The coronavirus pandemic has turned a conscious uncoupling into a messy breakup.

The 3 Most Polarizing Words in India

“Jai Shri Ram” was meant to be a celebration of a Hindu deity. But the phrase is turning into hate speech—and a dog whistle for attacks on Muslims.