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Dictator Tips

02/09/2011 01:46 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • MP Nunan Veteran Foreign Correspondent; Creator of TV comedy 'Even Small Wars Look Big From Up Close'

Since the Tunisian and Egyptian democracy uprisings, there's little doubt that Middle Eastern leaders have been scrambling. From Damascus to Tripoli, many are scratching their heads, wondering, Exactly how much political reform does it take to make myself look genuinely committed to the democratic process, while maintaining a firm hold on power?

Perhaps not surprisingly, the political upheaval has paved the way for consultants - yes, management consultants - to help those Arab leaders navigate from the calm waters of authoritarian rule through the treacherous shoals of democratic reform.

Or not. No matter what went down in Cairo, some leaders may simply not be in the mood for democracy.

For them, there are "Dictator Tips" - a primer developed by one management consultant intended to help ensure the longevity of any interested regime.

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