Time under autocratic rule
and time since autocratic rule
will affect the degree to which societies are able to accumulate the knowledge necessary for the development of a well-functioning order.
In a report to the UN Security Council, Mr Ban said elections to a new national assembly on July 7 marked "a major milestone" in Libya's transition towards a modern democratic state and drew to a close decades of autocratic rule
Russia has been accused by Syria's opposition groups and Western nations of abetting the Syrian President Bashar Assad's brutal crackdown against his own people who are seeking an end to his autocratic rule
The measure was last used against Libya last year when Muammar Gaddafi was ousted from power after four decades of autocratic rule
Given Egypt's importance in the Arab world, it sets a terrible example for other societies trying to get beyond autocratic rule
Leaders of the street movement that toppled Mubarak say the legacy of his autocratic rule
lives on in the trials, which take place behind closed doors, with sentences often meted out swiftly on defendants lacking proper legal representation.
Given the well-documented deeds of Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, Khrushchev, Brezhnev, Yeltsin, Gorbachev, and Putin, a casual geo-political history buff might get the mistaken idea that the brutal, seventy-year Communist experiment in autocratic rule
was a Soviet-era invention.
Party of European Socialists and Bulgarian Socialist Party chair Sergey Stanishev has once again slammed what socialists see as the autocratic rule
of Hungarian PM Viktor Orban.
The violence has only worsened despite harsh international sanctions, near-universal condemnation and an unprecedented rejection of autocratic rule
in the Arab Spring uprisings.
Army defectors who had taken refuge in Bab Amro and helped defend the neighbourhood, which has seen regular street rallies against Assad's autocratic rule
, had withdrawn and loyalist forces moved in overnight, they said.
The killings were mainly in the cities of Hama and Homs where men loyal to Assad have raided homes in their efforts to stop protests and a nascent armed insurgency against his autocratic rule
Since uprisings began 10 months ago, the leaders of Tunisia, Egypt and Libya have been toppled, while Syria and Yemen continue to see mass demonstrations against autocratic rule
He was both condemned and courted by the West, while he brutally warped his country with his idiosyncratic vision of autocratic rule
until he was finally toppled by his own people.
Moreover, dictatorships are not just about the dictators, who typically have the support of the military, a mass party, a group of clans, recipients of patronage, and all those who keep order, collect taxes, oversee or participate in the economy, and otherwise benefit from autocratic rule
Speaking through his lawyers, Ben Ali denied the charges against him and mounted a defense of his time in office, which many Tunisians say was marked by autocratic rule
, corruption and abuses of human rights.