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Methods of Control: Authoritarianism in North Korea, Iran and Ethiopia

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014

The common goal of all authoritarian regimes is to preserve their grip on power, but how they do so varies across a spectrum of repression and control, with major implications for their ability to maintain stability in times of transition. Charles Armstrong examines how the Kim family consolidated a hereditary brand of authoritarianism in North Korea, and what the current transition under Kim Jong Un portends for the regime’s future prospects. Manochehr Dorraj explains how the tensions between the republican and Islamic components of Iran’s regime leave it vulnerable to moments of spontaneous popular participation. And Terrence Lyons looks at the nature of Ethiopia’s party-based authoritarianism and the balancing act required to maintain it.

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