By Brian Klaas
For the 1st time because the finish of the chilly warfare, the realm is gradually turning into much less democratic. the genuine culprits are dictators and counterfeit democrats. yet, argues Klaas, the West can be an associate, inadvertently assaulting pro-democracy forces in another country as governments in Washington, London and Brussels chase pyrrhic temporary monetary and safety victories. pleasant hearth from Western democracies opposed to democracy in another country is simply too excessive a value to pay for a myopic international coverage that's eventually making the realm much less wealthy, reliable and democratic.
The Despot's Accomplice attracts on years of intensive interviews at the frontlines of the worldwide fight for democracy, from a poetry-reading, politician-kidnapping common in Madagascar to Islamist torture sufferers in Tunisia, Belarusian competition activists tailed by way of the KGB, West African rebels, and tea-sipping individuals of the Thai junta. Cumulatively, their tales weave jointly a story of a damaged approach on the root of democracy's worldwide retreat.
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