February 18, 2014

Is It Really a Good Time to Be a Dictator?

Joshua Keating, Slate

The Associated Press

This is something of a banner month for dictatorial impunity.

I’d argue, though, that North Korea may not be the most useful example here. The Hermit Kingdom is something of an outlier in the modern world as a country that is both brutal to its citizens and for the most part unconcerned with achieving any sort of international respectability.

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TAGGED: North Korea, Dictatorships


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Christian Science Monitor
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More Evidence of North Korean Atrocities
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Why It's a Good Time to Be a Dictator
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North Korea's Cheap and Dirty Bombs
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Hopeful Signs from North Korea
JoongAng Daily
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