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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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A man wearing a face mask talks on his cellphone on June 01, 2020 in Mexico City, Mexico.

Is Mexico The Next Coronavirus Epicenter?

The country has dismissed a mass testing program as “costly” and “useless” as new daily cases reached a record high on Tuesday.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wears a protective face mask inside a courtroom at the district court of Jerusalem on May 24, during the first day of his corruption trial.

Netanyahu Could Be a Statesman, but He Prefers to Be a Provocateur

Israel’s prime minister has always been Janus-faced. Any hope that his good side would emerge in a unity government is quickly evaporating.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden listens during a joint statement to the press with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on March 9, 2010. While Biden has taken critical stances on Israel in his 2020 presidential campaign, he has stressed: “My commitment to Israel is absolutely unshakeable.”

Biden Resists Move Left on Foreign Policy

Though he’s eager to accommodate Bernie Sanders’s base on domestic issues, the presumptive Democratic nominee is still seen as a man of the past by progressives.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks to guests during a campaign stop in West Point, Iowa, on Oct. 23, 2019.

Biden Could End Kleptocracy’s Grip on the United States

A new administration can make the changes needed to break a rotten global system.

A pro-democracy protester waves a British colonial flag in Hong Kong

Hong Kongers’ Route to Britishness Winds Through the Ruins of Empire

Hong Kongers were given second-class nationality. Now they’ve been promised more.

A man cycles past Tiananmen Square in Beijing on the eve of the 31st anniversary of the June 4, 1989, crackdown on pro-democracy protests on June 3.

How Is China Responding to the U.S. Protests?

Politicians’ calls to use force against demonstrators give Beijing fodder for propaganda—particularly in Hong Kong.

A banner bearing a portrait of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The U.S. Election Will Determine Assad’s Future

Washington’s approach to Syria won’t change, but divergent approaches to Iran could have an indirect effect on the Syrian economy—and the Assad regime.

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.