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Unstable Regimes
The Succession Dilemma

From Ankara to Beijing to Moscow, the world’s powerful autocrats are consolidating personalized control with no clear succession plan—a trend that portends greater internal and international volatility.

Published on: March 14, 2018
Torrey Taussig is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution and at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
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  • CheckYourself

    Putin is a prisoner of his own situation. Too much theft. Too many murders. Too many enemies. Can’t walk away now even if he would like to.

    The Chicoms are very weak. Can’t even go through leadership transition. The last one was rough enough, with very opaque reports about a possible assassination attempt on Jinping in late 2012 or was it early 2013? Either way. You’re talking about the regime that scared of YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Disqus just to name a few.

    Erdogan can’t be too secure, he actually did face a coup attempt.

  • mbermangorvine

    Cause concern in the Administration? The Maximum Mountebank is too busy plotting how to make Don Jr. president-for-life after him.

    • Dale Fayda

      Really? How do you figure?

    • Micah718

      You don’t seem at all delusional. No sir, no siree bob.

  • Zim

    but what about the Merkel?

  • Рома Немо

    The US already 77 years (with 2 July 1944) without change of power

  • Attila_the_hun

    One man rule, autocracy, tyranny is historical norms. That’s why America is an exceptional country. Because she is an exception to accepted historical practices.

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