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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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People take part in a demonstration against pension overhauls in Paris on Dec. 5, 2019 as part of a nationwide strike.

France’s Strike Could Last for Days

As French public sector workers walk out, what happens next depends on who gives in first: the unions or the government.

John Maynard Keynes. Foreign Policy illustration/Gordon Anthony/Getty Images

Socialism’s Biggest Hero Is a Bourgeois British Capitalist

John Maynard Keynes felt little solidarity for workers and inspired a century of establishment economics. The West’s revived socialists have adopted him as their own anyway.

Soldiers stand guard outside the in Villa Union, Coahuila state, Mexico, on Dec. 2.

Will Trump Label Mexican Cartels Terrorist Groups?

The U.S. attorney general visits Mexico City today to discuss the country’s rising violence.

Leoluca Orlandoconfers honorary citizenship on foreign students

Can Culture, Not Blood, Make You Italian?

A new generation of students raised and schooled in Italy are pushing to reform outdated citizenship laws that reward those with Italian bloodlines rather than people who have lived in the country all their lives.

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives for the NATO summit at the Grove hotel northwest of London on Dec. 4.

What Trump Gets Right About Alliances

The president is correct to call the bluff of rich allies who free-ride on U.S. military might.

Iraqi demonstrators gather as flames consume Iran's consulate in Najaf, Iraq, on Nov. 27.

Iran Goes on the Offensive in Iraq

Tehran funnels in missiles while Trump reportedly mulls a big increase in U.S. troops.


Supporters of former Bolivian President Evo Morales shout slogans during a demonstrion in Cochabamba on Nov. 18. RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP via Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Migrants in Bosnia, a swan roundup in Germany, and protests in Bolivia, Zimbabwe, and Hong Kong.

Celebration after the Berlin Wall opening on Nov. 11, 1989. Patrick Piel/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

30 Years Since the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Celebration and uncertainty in Germany as communism crumbled on Nov. 9, 1989.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine


Why Trade Wars Are Inevitable

Trump’s trade wars aren’t just about him or China—but global economic imbalances that the next U.S. administration will still have to address.


The Internet Broke the News Industry—and Can Fix It, Too

The only way to save journalism is to make readers direct participants in making, and paying for, the media.

Repent for Your Frequent Flyer Miles!

Feeling guilty for the carbon burned on your last flight? The Germans have a word for that.

The Women Who Shaped Obama’s Foreign Policy

Two new memoirs by Samantha Power and Susan Rice show how idealists became insiders—and what was lost along the way.