Democracy Lab

Argument

Home Away From Home

Pro-democracy activists from Thailand are banding together in exile rather than submitting to the military junta.

Jonathan Schienberg |

Argument

It's Time to Rethink How We Do Development

A group of development experts issues a plea for reform.

Matt Andrews |

Christian Caryl

Can Thailand Move Beyond the Coup?

Thailand under military rule may look calm. But big changes are coming, whether the generals like it or not.

Christian Caryl |

Putinology

The Costs of Exile

Leaders in countries of the former USSR are increasingly driving their best and brightest into emigration. No one wins.

Anna Nemtsova |

Argument

Iran's Nuclear Chill

Talking with Iran about its nuclear program might help the cause of peace. But so far the nuclear dispute has been a disaster for the human rights of Iranians.

Nazila Fathi |

Argument

What Next for the Lwili Revolution?

What the history of successful nonviolent movements teaches us about the political transition in Burkina Faso.

Jonathan Pinckney |

Argument

The Age of Frustration

The period before World War I was marked by inequality, terrorism, and discontent with democracy. Sound familiar?

Ward Wilson |

Dispatch

How Do You Say 'Gridlock' in Burmese?

President Obama is arriving in Burma amid a crisis in the country's democratic transition.

Larry Jagan |

Argument

Why I Still Believe in the Arab Spring

Everyone talks about the "failure" of the Arab revolts that began in 2011. But the story isn't over yet.

Iyad el-Baghdadi |

Argument

Erdogan's Unsung Victory

Turkey's strongman has broken the power of the military. Could that ensure the long-term victory of democracy?

Nick Danforth |

Christian Caryl

Remembering the Fall

It's hard to remember just how impassable the Berlin Wall was -- until one day it wasn't. A memoir.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Fukuyama's Fatalism

The great political thinker's new book offers a brilliant analysis of problems. But it doesn't go far enough with solutions.

Brian Levy |

Argument

Remember What They Died for on the Maidan

Yes, the fight for democratic values is hard -- especially now. But that's no reason to give up.

Srdja Popovic |

Dispatch

'Obama Is to America What Scott Is to Zambia'

Why does the first white head of state in an African democracy come as such a surprise?

Alexander Mutale |

Christian Caryl

The Beacon Dims

The United States wants to spread democratic values around the world. It can start by cleaning up its own act at home.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

West Africa's Financial Immune Deficiency

Health systems in Africa are ill-equipped to deal with Ebola. And that's partly the fault of IMF policies.

Rick Rowden |

Argument

Why Is Bahrain Outsourcing Extremism?

The Bahraini government has been working overtime to crush pro-democracy activists. But what about followers of the Islamic State?

Ala'a Shehabi |

Dispatch

Ukraine Wins

A successful parliamentary election opens a window of hope for an embattled country.

James Kirchick |

Argument

Chasing Away the Democracy Blues

Why democracy is worth fighting for -- now more than ever.

Larry Diamond |

Argument

At the Back of the Class

Is the international community about to censure Hungary for giving up on its young democratic institutions?

Elizabeth Winkler |

Case Studies

For the People, By the People in Indonesia

How one of Southeast Asia's most corrupt countries gave power over funding to its poorest citizens.

Rushda Majeed |

Christian Caryl

Sorry, Eric X. Li, Democracy Is Not the Problem

Hong Kong's pro-democracy activists aren't radicals or revolutionaries. But that's what Beijing wants you to believe.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

About Democracy Lab

A partnership between Foreign Policy magazine and the Legatum Institute.

Democracy Lab |

Lab Report

How to Bring Brazil's Economy Back to Life

The policies that helped Brazil to healthy growth over the past decade have lost momentum. The next president will need bold new ideas that look beyond the short term. Third in our series of Lab Reports on Brazil.

Rob Dwyer |

Dispatch

From Outcasts to Kingmakers

The improbable tale of how the Houthis seized control of Yemen's revolution.

Peter Salisbury |

Dispatch

The Umbrella Movement Playlist

Stirring, profane, always authentic: Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests have developed a rich musical culture.

Doug Meigs |

Argument

Hong Kong Pride

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protest isn’t only about freedom. It’s also about identity.

Peter Rutland |

Lab Report

The Subtle Art of the Brazilian Majority

Brazilians want change. But they'll only get it if their new president can combine the urge to reform with the will to govern. The second in our series of Lab Reports on Brazil.

Gregory Michener |