Sisi and Erdogan Are Accomplices of the Coronavirus
By killing the Middle East’s sense of community, the region’s dictators have helped the pandemic on its death march.
Putin Wants the World to Keep Guessing
The Russian president’s goal isn’t necessarily to be president for life. Unless it is.
Grow Up About Dictators, America!
The Democrats’ presidential primary has exposed the pathological moral obsessions of U.S. foreign policy.
Trump Is Failing His Dictatorship Test
After impeachment, the president has been passing most of the checkpoints on the way to authoritarianism.
To Protect Human Rights Abroad, Preach to Trump Voters
Religious leaders can help convince the most ethnocentric and authoritarian U.S. voters to oppose Washington’s backing of abusive dictators.
Weekend at Berdi’s
The president of Turkmenistan is probably alive. But as with so much else in the country, it’s hard to tell.
Mohammed bin Salman’s Fake Anti-Extremist Campaign
The Saudi crown prince vowed to crack down on radical clerics—but the victims have mostly been advocates for moderate Islam.
Loving Dictators Is as American as Apple Pie
Trump has embraced yet another strongman, this time in Libya. But it’s not just a personal failing—it’s a national tradition.
It Takes a Village to Make a Monster
Omar al-Bashir is gone—but he was never the key to Sudan’s oppression to begin with.
This Is the Uprising Sudan’s Genocidal Dictator Always Feared
The country’s current protests include all sections of society—and may soon topple Omar al-Bashir’s entire regime.
Sisi Isn’t Mubarak. He’s Much Worse.
Egypt faced terrible repression during the Nasser, Sadat, and Mubarak eras, but nothing like today’s sustained cruelty.
It’s Not Just the Right That’s Voting for Bolsonaro. It’s Everyone.
Brazil’s populist firebrand is relying on conservative values, fear of crime, anger about corruption, and rampant fake news to gain support from across the political spectrum.
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.