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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
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Former King Juan Carlos I attends a Mass in occasion of the 25th anniversary of death of his father on April 3, 2018 in El Escorial, Spain.

Is Spain’s Royal Family Finished?

Corruption charges against the former king forced him into exile—and the latest scandal could be the nail in the coffin for the monarchy.

Then Vice President Joe Biden talks with Sen. Kamala Harris and her aunt, Sarala Gopalan, during a swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol on Jan. 3, 2016.

The Importance of Kamala Harris’s South Asian Heritage

The media often underplays the fact that Biden’s vice presidential pick has an Indian mother. Her heritage could play a crucial role in U.S. foreign policy.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris speak.

Biden Chooses Kamala Harris as His Running Mate

The first-term senator has little foreign-policy experience, but her background as a prosecutor may earn her an outsized domestic portfolio.

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris speaks to reporters after announcing her candidacy for president of the United States at Howard University in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 29, 2019.

Kamala Harris for the People

As vice president, Harris would be ready to go toe-to-toe with adversaries, both foreign and domestic.

An IBM worker walks inside the company’s 12-inch wafer chip fabricating plant in Fishkill, New York, on July 20, 2004. Mario Tama/Getty Images

In the New Cold War, Deindustrialization Means Disarmament

Chinese security threats offer the chance to rethink the U.S. economy.

U.S. President Donald Trump signs a document reinstating sanctions against Iran after announcing the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal at the White House in Washington on May 8, 2018.

Trump Misses Being Part of the Iran Deal

His administration wants to trigger the JCPOA’s snapback mechanism, but he probably can’t do that from the outside.

Women protest in Belarus

Why Belarus Is Not Ukraine

Yes, there are surprisingly big protests—like those that rocked Kyiv six years ago—being met with brutal crackdowns. But Belarus is a whole different story.

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.