The Dictator's Learning Curve: Inside the Global Battle for Democracy, by William J. Dobson

Author
Daniel Wahl
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
The Objective Standard
Volume
7
Issue Number
4
Publication Date
Winter 2012/2013
Institution
The Objective Standard
Abstract
At the beginning of The Dictator's Learning Curve: Inside the Global Battle for Democracy, William Dobson states a fact that is all too clear for anyone who studies history or reads the news: Authoritarian governments rarely fret over United Nations sanctions or interference from a foreign rights group that can be easily expelled. Indeed, the mere threat of foreign intervention, whether from the United States, the United Nations, or a body like the International Criminal Court, can be a useful foil for stirring up nationalist passions and encouraging people to rally around the regime. (p. 9)
Topic
United Nations
Political Geography
United States