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Why authoritarian rulers are worried

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140604230420-tiananmen-june-4-gall-8-horizontal-large-galleryChinese Paramilitary police officers stand guard near Tiananmen Square on June 4, 2014 in Beijing, China.

Editor’s Note: Tyler Roylance is a senior editor at Freedom House, a non-government research and advocacy organization dedicated to “the expansion of freedom and democracy around the world.” The views expressed are his own

Story highlights:

  • Tyler Roylance: Authoritarian regimes rely on economic development, aggressive nationalism
  • Democracies have demonstrated ability to endure, adapt, recover, writer says

(CNN) Falling oil prices, pitiless civil wars, and the rapidly growing number of refugees have put much of the world in crisis mode, but authoritarian states are being hit especially hard.

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