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We should listen to dictators when they tell us their plans

Autocrats who preach irredentism usually follow words with actions

| Russia & Caucasus
Vladimir Putin speaks during a news conference in Moscow on Feb. 1: The outward-facing rhetoric will be moderate, and many observers will interpret it as a theatrical way for the state to seek reasonable ends.   © AP

Anthony W. Holmes was special adviser for North Korea in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense from 2017-2021. He is currently a senior nonresident fellow at the Project 2049 Institute. The views expressed herein are his own and do not necessarily represent the views of any organization or agency.

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