Are Tyrants Only Local Thugs?

In the American Interest, AHS speaker Jakub Grygiel discusses why tyrants pose a threat to international stability:

"Self-centered, preoccupied with their personal survival and wealth, fearful of domestic rebellions, and, even more, perennially watchful of ambitious members of their entourage, tyrants cannot go far away. Any absence by the tyrant chips away at his hold on power."