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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A medical worker in personal protective equipment closes the doors of an ambulance after dropping off a patient suspected of having the COVID-19 virus at the Acibadem Altunizade Hospital on April 17, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey.

‘War on Disease’ Is a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

The mindset that helped fight the current pandemic is what gets us into situations like this in the first place.

Truck at a roadblock in Democratic Republic of the Congo

It’s the Roads, Stupid

Armed checkpoints along key trade routes—not natural resources—are the key to financing rebel groups and insurgencies around the world.

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The Sneaky Conservatism of China’s Feminist Dramas

As Beijing limits women’s choices, ta shidai television shows soothe without offering real change.

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Asia’s Stakes in the Biden-Putin Summit

Geopolitical shifts have put a U.S.-Russian detente in the interest of much of Asia.

U.S. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrive at Cornwall Airport in Cornwall, England, on June 9.

What’s the Point of the G-7?

As Biden attends the summit, it’s worth asking whether this group—or other alliances of democracies—can really get anything done.

Peruvian leftist presidential candidate Pedro Castillo of Peru Libre waves to supporters from his party headquarters balcony in Lima on June 8.

Peru’s Electoral Earthquake

A slate of weak parties has brought a little-known political organizer to the brink of the presidency.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets with U.S. President Joe Biden.

Biden’s First G-7 Kicks Off in Cornwall

A pledge to deliver 1 billion vaccine doses worldwide has already grabbed headlines before the summit begins.

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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.