TagDictatorship

Democracy Wins!

In four days in April, Bob Service helps save Paraguay from dictatorship.  Laura’s favorite part:  The psychology of diplomacy, of helping those caring human beings who may find themselves among the world’s heads of state, faced with...

Chavez Gives Pete Four Pinocchios

The Chavez/Maduro kleptocracy in Venezuela masquerades as a people's revolution.  Almost two decades later, millions flee en masse.  Pete was there when it all began and explains why Venezuela is suddenly all over the news.

President vs. Strongman: No Peace in Angola

Diamonds, Petroleum, widespread human suffering and a decades-long civil war.  Ambassador Joe Sullivan talks about the U.S. role as monitor of the peace and demobilization process: "It was time to choose, and choosing was not between the...

How Did Erdogan Do It? – Is it Happening Here?

Populism and religiosity:  Erdogan begins as a reformer, then builds a corrupt government that leads Turkey into economic peril and total political control through a narrative that stokes fear of victimization at the hand of external enemies....

Turkey’s Erdogan – Is It Happening Here?

Corruption, hostage-taking, and a populace divided over Erdogan's Muslim Brotherhood-style government.  Ambassador Bob Pearson helps us understand Turkey's era of us-vs.-them politics in the newest episode of our series Is It Happening Here?

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