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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An Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) soldier sits by a pile of weapons confiscated from Ethiopian army soldiers at the Addis Ababa racetrack on May 29, 1991.

Ethiopia’s Breakup Doesn’t Have to Be Violent

A confederation of states must choose whether to follow the bloody path of the former Yugoslavia or the prosperous model of the European Union.

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan performs.

Modi’s Growing Crackdown on Bollywood

India’s film industry is under growing pressure to bend its knee to Hindu nationalists.

Honduran migrants who are part of a caravan heading to the United States get on a truck in southern Mexico.

Will Honduras’s Election Lead to Mass Migration?

Repressive rule, and the utter despair that follows, has already had a significant impact on people fleeing to the United States.

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How the Belarus Crisis Boosted Poland’s Ruling Party

By focusing on an external enemy, the Law and Justice Party is trying to transform its image in Brussels and beyond.

A street vendor hawks yams.

In Nigeria, Yam Prices Soar, and Culture Suffers

Yams mean wealth, power, and the holidays—if you can afford them.

Xi Zhongxun from a postage stamp commemorating the Chinese military leader.

A Squabble About History Almost Killed Xi Jinping’s Father

Fights about the party’s past are serious business in Beijing.

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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.