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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Then-Deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel speaks at the Office of Strategic Services Society's annual William J. Donovan Award Dinner in 2017. (YouTube/The OSS Society)

CIA Lies Low, Waiting for Trump Storm to Pass

With Dan Coats’s job as director of national intelligence on the line, senior CIA officials avoid criticizing the president.

An activist with a mask of U.S. President Donald Trump marches with a model of a nuclear rocket during a demonstration against nuclear weapons on Nov. 18, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Adam Berry/Getty Images)

Trump Accidentally Just Triggered Global Nuclear Proliferation

Before the United States killed it, the INF Treaty didn’t just stem the arms race with Russia—it stopped the spread of nuclear weapons around the world.

Supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó gather at a rally in Caracas on Feb. 16. (Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s How Trump Can Hasten Maduro’s Exit

Thoughtful U.S. policies could help restore Venezuela’s democracy.

Yemeni civilians receive food aid in the northern district of Abs, under the control of Iran-backed Houthi rebels, on June 24, 2018. (Essa Ahmed/AFP/Getty Images)

In Yemen, Targeting of Aid Workers Risks Unraveling Crisis

Houthi rebels’ attacks on aid workers could deepen the country’s humanitarian crisis.

A Nigerian man walks on plastic waste in the Mosafejo area of Lagos on Feb. 12. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images)

Growth Alone Won’t Help the Poor

Nigeria shows that economic growth combined with rising inequality won’t lift people out of poverty. The country’s next government should heed the lesson.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer answer questions following an announced end to the partial government shutdown at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 25. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Start the North Korea Hearings. And the Saudi Arabia Hearings. And the China Hearings…

How can Congress avoid getting sidelined on foreign policy? There’s only one right answer.

Britain's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in New York on Oct. 19, 2018. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Britannia Helps Rule the Waves

The Royal Navy’s return to Asia can guarantee the freedom of the seas.

Galleries

A woman takes part in a protest against gender violence and femicides in Mexico City on Feb. 2. (Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images)

A Week in World Photos

Protest in Mexico, a blockade in Venezuela, and Lunar New Year snow in China.

A local resident uses a wet towel to fight one front of a large brush fire that started around the mountains overlooking the city center in Cape Town, South Africa, on Jan. 27. (Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images)

A Week in World Photos

Fires in Cape Town, ice in Chicago, and the spring festival in China.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

The Fearless Girl statue looks up at Wall Street's Charging Bull sculpture in New York on March 29, 2018.  (Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The End of Economics?

Human beings are rarely rational—so it’s time we all stopped pretending they are.

Firefighters try to control a blaze as it spreads toward the towns of Douglas City and Lewiston in California on July 31, 2018. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

The Coming Climate Crisis

The Little Ice Age could offer a glimpse of our tumultuous future.

Understanding Trump’s Trade War

This year will show what the president really wants. Here’s what to watch for.

Springtime for Strongmen

The world’s authoritarians are on the march—and the West helped pave the way.

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