Charles Dunst on Defeating the Dictators

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A conversation with Charles Dunst, Deputy Director of Research and Analytics at The Asia Group, on his latest book, Defeating the Dictators, exploring the dangers of rising authoritarianism and the steps that must be taken by democracies to rebuild trust, restore accountability and build a better future for generations to come.

This book makes a compelling case that democracy and individual freedom are no longer seen in many countries, such as China and the Gulf States, as the surest route to success. Charles Dunst offers a plan of action to restore the tarnished reputation of the democratic model and to show that, when combined with effective governance, it still provides a far better future for humanity than any alternative.

The webinar will be moderated by Lucy Fisher, RUSI Associate Fellow and Chief Political Commentator, Times Radio.

Charles Dunst has been with The Asia Group since December 2021. He is also a Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a contributing editor for American Purpose. A former foreign correspondent, his reportage and analysis have appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post and Foreign Policy, among other outlets.

Defeating the Dictators: How Democracy Can Prevail in the Age of the Strongman is published by Hodder and Stoughton in February 2023.

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