As part of the Legatum Institute's Transitions Forum, 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.
Edited by Legatum Institute Senior Fellow and veteran foreign correspondent Christian Caryl, Democracy Lab features a roster of leading writers and thinkers. It 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.
As part of its work, Democracy Lab produces 'Lab Reports', offering in-depth looks at specific aspects of transitions in selected countries. Latest Lab Reports include the following countries: Burma, Venezuela, Ukraine, Libya and Kenya.
For more, please visit Democracy Lab on the Foreign Policy website or follow on Twitter here.
Democracy Lab 'Transitions' Bloggers
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Asma Ghribi is a freelance journalist based in Tunis. She was formerly managing editor of the Tunisia Live website. Read her posts here, and follow on Twitter @AsmaGhribi.
Daniel Lansberg-Rodríguez is a fellow at the Comparative Constitutions Project and a weekly columnist for the Venezuelan daily newspaper El Universal. Read his posts here, and follow on Twitter @Dlansberg.
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Juan Nagel is the Venezuela blogger for Transitions, Editor of Caracas Chronicles, and author of Blogging the Revolution. Read his posts here, and follow on Twitter @juannagel.
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Min Zin is the Burma blogger for Transitions. He also serves as Burma’s country analyst for several research foundations including Freedom House. Read his posts here.
Mohamed El Dahshan
Mohamed El Dahshan is the Egypt blogger for Transitions and a nonresident fellow at the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council. Read his posts here, and follow on Twitter @eldashan.
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Mohamed Eljarh is the Libya blogger for Transitions and a nonresident fellow at the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center. Read his posts here, and follow on Twitter @eljarh.
Prachi Vidwans is the Assistant Editor at Democracy Lab. She specialies in political violence and human rights, and has conducted extensive research on topics ranging from Occupy Wall Street to post-conflict community organization in Peru. Read her posts here, and follow on Twitter @PrachiVidwans.
In the video below, editor Christian Caryl explains the Democracy Lab approach.