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  • The road ahead in Libya

    The road ahead in Libya

    By Jeremi Suri
    Published: Aug. 25, 2011

    Jeremi Suri, the Mack Brown Distinguished Professor for Global Leadership, shares his thoughts on how Libya can move forward with a regime transition.

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      Kurt Weyland said on Sept. 2, 2011 at 9:49 a.m.
      Thank you for these observations. Political science shows, however, that it is NOT true that "unseating a dictator is usually ... a VIOLENT process." In particular, it does not "require savvy battlefield skills." Instead, many regime transitions are predominantly peaceful; non-violent contention and protest provide the main force for bringing down many authoritarian and dictatorial regimes. On this point, see, e.g., the recent analysis in Jan Teorell, DETERMINANTS OF DEMOCRATIZATION (Cambridge 2010), chap. 5, espec. p. 115.