The Tyrant’s Hopelessness

In the American Interest, AHS speaker Jakub Grygiel argues that to understand a tyranny, you have to understand the tyrant's soul:

"There is still an analytical place for tyrants. In fact, many of today’s strongmen—say, Vladimir Putin—resemble more ancient tyrants than modern ones. Ideology and science play less of a role in their hold on power. Today’s tyrants are ideological opportunists—postmodern leaders who shape their “narrative” according to public relations needs."