Democracy Lab

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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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Masih Alinejad outside her home in New York in May. (Jesse Dittmar for Foreign Policy)

The Woman Who Defied Iran

On the podcast: Masih Alinejad took off her headscarf and started a movement.

Ambassador Thomas Pickering attends a forum on the Muslim experience in America in Washington on Oct. 23, 2012. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump’s ‘Unbridled, Egotistical Narcissism’ Defines White House Summits

Former U.S. diplomat Thomas Pickering on Trump, Putin, and the world after Helsinki.

Steve Bannon, former White House Chief Strategist to U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks at a debate at Zofin Palace on May 22, 2018 in Prague, Czech Republic.

The Nationalist Internationale Is Crumbling

Steve Bannon is trying to sell Trumpism to Eastern Europeans—but shared ideologies die hard when they run into economic and military realities.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the 50th anniversary of a gas pipeline to Europe in Vienna on June 5. (Thomas Kronsteiner/Getty Images)

With Trump Going Soft on Nord Stream, Congress Moves to Kill the Pipeline

U.S. lawmakers, at least, worry that Europe’s reliance on Moscow for energy could give Russia key leverage.

U.S. President Donald Trump discusses his summit in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting with House Republicans in the Cabinet Room of the White House on July 17. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

How Much Damage Did Trump Cause in Helsinki?

The president’s disgraceful remarks could have disturbing results.

Iranian protesters hold a portrait of the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's Quds Force, Gen. Qassem Suleimani, during a demonstration in the capital Tehran on December 11, 2017.

Iran Hawks Should Be Careful What They Wish For

Pushing for regime change in Tehran could put Qassem Suleimani in power.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump speak to the press after a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels on July 11. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Performance in Helsinki Shouldn’t Have Come as a Surprise

U.S. allies in Europe are resigned to a trans-Atlantic relationship that keeps getting worse.

Galleries

Afghan pigeon fancier Abdul Ghani feeds his pigeons as they fly from the rooftop of his home in Herat province on June 30. HOSHANG HASHIMI/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

A pigeon fancier in Afghanistan, migrants in the Mediterranean, and a fire-breathing stuntman in India.

The full moon rises behind burning moorland as a large wildfire sweeps across the moors between Dovestones and Buckton Vale in Stalybridge, England.  (Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)

A Week in World Photos

A fiery moon over England, a chess champion in Nepal, and rhino relocation in Kenya.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

John Tomac illustration for Foreign Policy

Why India Gives Uber 5 Stars

Gig work offers a leg up in the developing world.

John Tomac illustration for Foreign Policy

Closing the Factory Doors

For two centuries, countries have used low-wage labor to climb out of poverty. What will happen when robots take those jobs?

Pride and Prejudice in Tehran

To understand Iran’s foreign policy, you need to learn a little Farsi.

Self-Driving Cars Are on the Road to Nowhere

Technology companies have been selling a vision of greener cities and safer roads. It's nothing more than hype.