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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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The shale oil revolution has brought boom, and sometimes bust, to places like Midland, Texas, shown here on Feb. 5, 2015. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Why American Oil Hasn’t Been a Total Game-Changer

The U.S. is now the world’s top producer, but Saudi Arabia still holds the key to crude prices.

Then-U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Tom Malinowski speaks at the State Department in Washington on April 13, 2016. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

A Human Rights Champion Comes to the House

Congressman-elect Tom Malinowski says he hopes his diplomatic credentials can help Democrats push back on Trump.

talian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini attends a press conference at the Italian Embassy in Bucharest, Romania, on Oct. 23. (Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images)

Europe Should Let Italy Win

It’s time for Brussels to grab the wheel in the game of chicken over Rome’s budget.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks at a press conference in New York on Sept. 26. (Jim Watson/ AFP)

Iran Was Closer to a Nuclear Bomb Than Intelligence Agencies Thought

If Tehran pulls out of the 2015 deal, it could have a weapon in a matter of months.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the successful test-fire of the intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 at an undisclosed location on July 4, 2017. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

‘Camouflage, Concealment, and Deception’

What satellite imagery tells us about North Korea’s ballistic missile program.

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It’s Time to Get Loud About Academic Freedom in China

American schools should pull out of partnerships with schools that persecute students.

A painting of the World War I Battle of Jutland shows the sinking hit of the British battlecruiser HMS Indefatigable shortly before its explosion on May 31, 1916. (Willy Stöwer/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

The U.S. Navy Has Forgotten What It’s Like to Fight

The U.K.'s defeat at Jutland is a reminder of how a victorious force can get lazy.

Galleries

A voter observes election counting at the end of the first round of the presidential elections at a polling station in Antananarivo, Madagascar, on Nov. 7. (MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images)

A Week in World Photos

Election watching in Madagascar, World War I remembrance in London, and Diwali celebrations in India.

A displaced Yemeni girl walks to class in a makeshift school in the northern district of Abs in Yemen's northwestern Hajjah province on Oct. 28. ESSA AHMED/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Crisis in Yemen, remembrance in Russia, and snow in France.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

A cruise ship near the harbor of Ilulissat off the west coast of Greenland, north of the Arctic Circle, in August 2012. (Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)

Stretched Thin on Thin Ice

With the Arctic melting and northern coast guards struggling to keep up, the next disaster is a matter of when, not if.

Matt Chase illustration for Foreign Policy

Food Fight

Why the next big battle may not be fought over treasure or territory—but for fish.

The Taliban’s Fight for Hearts and Minds

The militants’ new strategy is to out-govern the U.S.-backed administration in Kabul—and it’s working.

Point and Nuke

Remembering the era of portable atomic bombs.

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