To Save Global Democracy, We Need a Few Good Dictators

To Save Global Democracy, We Need a Few Good Dictators
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Given these realities, leading a worldwide coalition against the two great Eurasian revanchist powers — Russia, which seeks to annex Ukraine, and China, which seeks to annex Taiwan — requires the sort of pragmatic vision that Secretary of State James Baker employed when organizing 35 nations, including autocracies, to stand against Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990. Baker’s strategy was not to change the world, but to undo a particular territorial conquest. The Biden administration’s strategy toward Russia and China should be likewise: oriented not to fight autocracy the world over, but to stop the armed aggression of two military powers.

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