Spain’s Dictator Is Dead, but the Debate About Him Lives On
Francisco Franco ran Spain with an iron fist for decades—and created myths about his rule that are only now starting to come undone.
Strongmen Are Weaker Than They Look
Authoritarians are on the rise around the world, but history shows they’re mostly helpless.
Mugabe Is a Goner, But His Looting Machine Is Here to Stay
Zimbabwe’s military didn’t topple the regime. It just restored the ruling party’s corrupt old guard to power.
Cambodia Becomes the World’s Newest One-Party State
With Chinese support, Hun Sen has effectively destroyed all opposition to his autocratic rule.
Is Populism Making a Comeback in Latin America?
Having rejected its demogogues just a few years ago, the region is now poised to welcome them back.
The Ghost of Franco Still Haunts Catalonia
Mariano Rajoy’s use of violence against separatists wasn’t an aberration. It was an authentic expression of Spanish conservatism.
The ‘Cambodia Daily’ Is Dying in Darkness
Cambodia’s autocratic leader is trying to shut down his country’s most celebrated journalistic training ground.
Things Don’t End Well for Madmen
The president prizes "unpredictability," but history isn't on his side.
Even Critics of Rwanda’s Government Are Helping Paul Kagame Stay in Power
For every problem highlighted by local journalists, Rwanda’s strongman can present himself as the solution.
The Problem Isn’t Just Who Trump Has Offended — It’s Who He Hasn’t
While many of America’s democratic friends are reeling, another group of U.S. partners is visibly delighted by the president.
Europe Questions America, Vietnam Comes Stateside, Noriega Dies: The Weekend Behind, the Week Ahead
What you might have missed over the weekend, and what to watch in the days to come.
The Do’s And Don’t’s of Planning Birthday Parties: Robert Mugabe Edition
Who better to guide your birthday party planning than nonagenarian African autocrats?
Fidel Was Hell
The longest-ruling dictator of the 20th century was a radical bent on transformational, alternative global development. Ironically, he left his country conservative, impoverished, and isolated.
Will History Absolve Fidel Castro?
The legacy of Cuba’s socialist revolution is still very much in doubt.
10 Ways to Tell if Your President Is a Dictator
Just because the United States is a democracy now, it doesn’t mean it will stay that way.
Turks for Trump
A surprising number of pro-Erdogan commentators are looking to "Make America Great Again."
Dictators Everywhere Are Stumping for Trump
From Cambodia to Zimbabwe to North Korea, the Republican nominee has cornered the authoritarian autocrat demographic.
Islam Karimov and the Dictator’s Playbook
The tyrant of Uzbekistan assassinated his enemies, jailed anyone who spoke against him, and crushed human rights. Why did America so willingly look the other way?
Is South Korea Regressing Into a Dictatorship?
President Park Geun-hye is squelching protests, suing journalists, and jailing opposition politicians.
Lifestyles of the Rich and Shameless
The family of Cambodian dictator Hun Sen sits on at least $200 million. But it might not save them from populist anger.