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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The West Has a Resentment Epidemic

Across the West, the main trigger of populism has been the growing inequality—and hostility—between urban and rural regions.

Gasoline prices are displayed on a sign at a Shell gas station as an image of Donald Trump appears on a billboard nearby April 24, 2006 in San Francisco, California.

The Myth of U.S. Energy Independence Has Gone Up in Smoke

Attacks on Saudi Arabia prove that, when it comes to oil, Washington still isn’t close to being master of its own fate.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu departs the podium after addressing supporters at his Likud party's electoral campaign headquarters in Tel Aviv early on Sept. 18.

Is This the End of the Netanyahu Era?

Plus: U.S.-China trade talks, another Fed rate cut, and the other stories we’re following today.

Joint List candidates join hands in the northern Israeli city of Nazareth on Sept. 17, as exit poll results are announced.

An Unlikely Winner in Israel’s Election

For the first time, the country’s Arab minority could wield some leverage in the political process.

Britain's opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home in north London on September 4, 2019.

Jeremy Corbyn Is a National Security Threat

The radical Labour leader is anti-Western, not pro-justice.

Pro-democracy protesters participate in a human chain event in Victoria Park in Hong Kong on Sept. 18.

Are Hong Kong’s Protests Dying Down?

While turnout has declined, the demonstrators’ sentiment remains.

Iranian women walk in the capital, Tehran, on Aug. 27. Iran’s economy has struggled with U.S. sanctions and could face even more after last weekend’s attack on Saudi oil facilities.

Trump Sanctions Iran Again, Inching Toward Economic Blockade

But some experts say the move is a weak response to alleged Iranian attacks on Saudi oil.

Galleries

Lesotho's Mokhesi Tlholohelo, in blue, and South Sudan's Hal Hal compete during the men's light boxing competition in the African Games in Rabat, Morocco, on Aug. 21. FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

A lockdown in Kashmir, a movement in Hong Kong, and flowers from Russian President Vladimir Putin in France.

A Hong Kong policeman falls backward during a scuffle with pro-democracy protesters during ongoing demonstrations at Hong Kong's International Airport on Aug. 13. MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Conflict in Hong Kong, a lockdown in Kashmir, and wildfires in Indonesia and Greece.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

Lower Manhattan in New York City on Oct. 30, 2012, after Hurricane Sandy. Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

Why Central Banks Need to Step Up on Global Warming

A decade after the world bailed out finance, it’s time for finance to bail out the world.

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Space Research Can Save the Planet—Again

The solutions to climate change lie far, far away.

Democracy Is the Planet’s Biggest Enemy

Young people care a lot about climate change—but most of them can’t vote. Here’s how governments can adapt to accommodate them.

Can ‘Supercharged’ Plants Solve the Climate Crisis?

Crops already suck up a lot of carbon dioxide. One scientist thinks they can do much more.

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