Dushanbe Isn’t Cairo, But Is It Getting Closer?
February 4, 2011

Emomali Rahmon of Tajikistan has made Time magazine’s list of “Top 10 Autocrats in Trouble” and, like Mubarak, Bouteflika and Bin Ali, among others, Rahmon is another example of the ‘president for life’ phenomena gripping so many dysfunctional autocracies. However, the populous may be more concerned about stability than regime change and Tajikistan’s reputation as a narco-transit state with a Transparency International Corruption Perception Index rating of 2.1/10  may indicate a diffuse and entrenched status quo.


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