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Autocracy's bad boys are here to stay

Liberal world order is in desperate need of new champions

| East Asia
Vladimir Putin attempts to shake hands with Xi Jinping during a meeting in Moscow in June 2019: autocracy's self-styled emperors are formalizing their lifelong reigns.   © Reuters

Liam Gibson is a Taipei-based geopolitical analyst and the founder of Policy People, a podcast and newsletter platform for think tank experts. He currently serves as the international public relations director at the Taiwan-based NGO, Asia-Pacific Youth Association.

Over the past decade, four world leaders stand out. Angela Merkel and Shinzo Abe for their role in upholding the liberal world order. And Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping for their role in eroding it.

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