Democracy Lab is an online partnership between the Legatum Institute and Foreign Policy magazine, dedicated to covering political and economic transitions around the world.
"Readers love stories about heroic activists triumphing against the odds - those are very moving.. But they often miss the very big, important parts of the story such as what the people in a regime are thinking or what is happening in the highest military circles; Democracy Lab aims to supply a richer picture."
When World War II ended, there were only a dozen or so democracies in the world. Today, there are 115—many of which joined the club within the last decade or two—and many more, as the revolutions of 2011 showed, on the way. Theirs is the story Democracy Lab aims to track.
Democracy Lab is edited by Legatum Institute Senior Fellow and veteran foreign correspondent Christian Caryl and features a roster of leading writers and thinkers. Democracy Lab also hosts a daily blog, “Transitions,” produced by a global network of contributors covering change as it unfolds on the ground in countries from Burma to Egypt, as well as profiles of key political and economic players in transitional societies, detailed case studies, and a wide range of expert analysis and opinion.
Recent highlights from Democracy Lab include in-depth coverage of the post-revolutionary political process in Egypt and the on-going conflict in Syria. Democracy Lab also reported from Burma during the country’s historic elections this May.
For more, please visit Democracy Lab on the Foreign Policy website.
In the video below, editor Christian Caryl explains the Democracy Lab approach.