Autocratic regimes in the Middle East and North Africa are, for now, riding high buffeted by the ability to divert public attention with promises of economic change, the spectre of Iran as a foreign threat, US support for regional autocrats
and containment of Iran, and the fuelling of ethnic and sectarian tension.
In the West today, populist politicians with no realistic plans for actually building a better future are emulating Middle Eastern autocrats
But I don't think we're quite ripe for the plucking by some would-be autocrat
The historical evidence is that assassinations do matter when targeting autocrats
, but they primarily bring risk.
Except for Tunisia (the only Arab country whose autocrat
was also a modernizer), that awakening fizzled out.
So I dare ask: When will the horse trading that strengthens a tarnished autocrat
Twitter and Facebook, both social media sites, were key forums for public discourse and important tools that helped to mobilize the masses that brought down long-time autocrats
Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia, and helped coordinate the mass demonstrations against the victory of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during Iran's disputed June 2009 presidential elections.
Summary: For Libyans there was a welcome change last month when the country's national bank started to circulate new notes, replacing the image of toppled autocrat
Moammar Gadhafi on Libya's money with scenes of revolutionary triumph.
To the contrary, as Owen eloquently demonstrates, the Arab world already had it own fair share of powerful, homegrown autocrats
Editorial: Texas, an election model for autocrats
(The Washington Post): "When it comes to democracy and election transparency, Greg Abbott, the attorney general of Texas, is apparently taking his cues from post-Soviet autocrats
like Russia's Vladimir Putin and Kazakhstan's Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Why did the successors of former autocrats
The Wahabi regime, and autocrats
of Qatar, are playing power politics.
According to the report, he was also offended by a play satirising Middle Eastern autocrats
, and a film, which sees a rich businessman stand for parliament.
Politically the continent shed itself of the remaining comprador leaders who acted as agents for foreign powers in North Africa and the toppling of autocrats
in Libya and Cote d'lvoire.
They may no longer be twinned with the other surviving absolute monarchy, Saudi Arabia, but the popes are one with the former absolute monarchs, now autocrats
acting like monarchs, such as the sultans of Oman and Bahrain, and the emirates.