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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Frodo stands before the Cracks of Doom in Sergei Iukhimov’s cover illustration for Volume I of Vlastelin Kolec, Natalya Grigor’eva and Vladimir Grushetskij’s two-volume 1993 translation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

Comrades of the Ring

How Soviet artists evaded censors to create their own visions of Tolkien.

Simone Biles competes on the balance beam during the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City, Missouri, on August 09, 2019.

Athletes Are Post-National Now

Decades of sex abuse turned American gymnasts away from their federation. Will other sports follow suit?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives to deliver a speech on June 24, 2018 in Istanbul.

Cracks Are Growing in the Erdogan Regime

Turkey is more politically unstable today than at any other point in recent years.

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China’s Floods Have Long-Term Consequences

Historic flooding in China’s Henan province could disrupt already rattled global supply chains.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach waves the Olympic flag during the Closing Ceremony of Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre on August 28, 2014 in Nanjing, China.

The Long and Infuriating History of Bad Olympic Bosses

Thomas Bach has joined a long line of IOC chiefs who have been hated by everyone associated with the Games.

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Can the World Avoid War in Cyberspace—and in Space?

Billionaire rocket launches and ongoing cyberattacks reveal that, without norms governing conflict, there could be chaos.

A medical worker administers a COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccines Are Japan’s New Tool to Counter China

Despite its worsening pandemic, Tokyo’s vaccine diplomacy has gained traction.

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.