Guest Host: Indira Lakshmanan

This photo released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on December 11, 2016, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un  during a combat drill of the Korean People's Army Unit 525.

This photo released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on December 11, 2016, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un during a combat drill of the Korean People's Army Unit 525.

History tells us that the greatest threat to democracy is the unbridled power of the state over its citizens. Lawmakers from all sides argue for free and fair elections and oppose tyranny in all its forms. But history also tells us that America has supported dictators who have allied themselves with the United States. As concern mounts over the behavior of North Korea Kim Jong-Un and Syria’s President Assad, how should America deal with dictators?

Guests

  • Hugh Sykes correspondent for BBC News, covering Turkey's referendum.
  • Jon Finer former chief of staff to Secretary of State John Kerry and policy planning chief at the State Department for four years; currently a lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School and a fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics.
  • Fathali Moghaddam professor of psychology, Georgetown University; director of Georgetown's Interdisciplinary Program in Cognitive Science; author of "The Psychology of Dictatorship" and "The Psychology of Democracy."
  • Erica Frantz assistant professor of political science at Michigan State University; author of four books on dictatorships and development, including "Dictators and Dictatorships: Understanding Authoritarian Regimes and their Leaders."

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