In Breaking the Real Axis of Evil, ambassador Mark Palmer has the gumption to argue what diplomats and political leaders dare not speak: that global peace will not be achieved until democracies replace the world's remaining dictatorships. We know that these dictators are at the root of terrorism and war. Under their stony gaze, millions have gone to their deaths, a great tidal wave of refugees has swept across the planet, and nations have been driven into poverty, famine, and despair. Drawing on over 25 years of extensive diplomatic experience, Ambassador Palmer asks us to embrace a bold vision of a world made safe by democracy. This is the story of the last 46 dictators, the strategy and tactics to oust them, and the need to empower the people of every nation to control their own destinies.
Mark Palmer, described by the New York Times as "the most active Western booster for economic and political liberalization," has an extensive record of government service, including four years as ambassador to Hungary, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Soviet Relations, and speech writer for three presidents and six secretaries of state, including chief speech writer for Henry Kissinger. One of the first venture capitalists into central and eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall, he has founded independent national television stations in six countries. Ambassador Palmer is active in promoting democracy, including as Vice Chairman of Freedom House, America's oldest human rights organization. He resides in Washington, DC.
Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 The Real Axis of Evil Chapter 3 The Future with Dictators Chapter 4 A Democratic World Part 5 Ousting the Last Forty-Five Chapter 6 Power in the Modern World Chapter 7 Sanction Dictators, Not Peoples Part 8 Communities of Democracies and Democrats Chapter 9 The New Architecture of International Power Chapter 10 Freedom Caucuses Chapter 11 Global Security Alliance and Coalitions of the Willing Chapter 12 International Criminal Tribunals Chapter 13 International Parliamentary Cooperation Chapter 14 Monarchs for Democracy Chapter 15 The Nongovernmental Dimension Chapter 16 The Stakes Part 17 Opening Closed Societies Chapter 18 Presidential Leadership Chapter 19 Outsiders' Toolbox for Promoting Democracy in Dictatorships Part 20 Democracy Development Plans and Action Programs Chapter 21 Stages of Democratic Growth Chapter 22 Who Will Conduct: The International Dictatorship-to-Democracy Center Chapter 23 Why Engage? Part 24 Embassies as Freedom Houses, Ambassadors as Freedom Fighters Chapter 25 Extraordinary Opportunity for Creativity Chapter 26 Dealing Directly with Dictators Chapter 27 Ambassadors in Action Part 28 The Use of Nonviolent Force Chapter 29 Two-Stage Campaigns to Oust Dictators Chapter 30 People Power: Two Battlegrounds Chapter 31 Appendix: The Methods of Nonviolent Action Part 32 The Forty-Five Least Wanted Chapter 33 Personalistic Dictatorships Chapter 34 Monarch Dictatorships Chapter 35 Military Dictators Chapter 36 Communist Dictators Chapter 37 Dominant-Party Dictators Chapter 38 Theocratic Dictator Part 39 Out by 2025 Chapter 40 Asia Chapter 41 The "Stans", the Middle East, and North Africa: The Heart of Democratic Darkness Chapter 42 Sub-Saharan Africa Chapter 43 The Last Dictators in Europe and the Americas Part 44 Epilogue and Action Agendas