(Dis)Honorable Mention: Autocratic Runners-Up

Our Autocracy Index sparked questions over which leaders should have made the list.  The following 10 heads of state ranked high enough to merit a (dis)honorable mention in World Policy Journal's Autocracy Index.


The Runners Up


11. Vladimir Putin (Russia)


12. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow (Turkmenistan)


13. Thein Sein (Burma)


14. Meles Zenawi (Ethiopia)

[Deceased Aug. 20, 2012]


15. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud (Saudi Arabia)


16. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (Iran)


17. Idriss Deby (Chad)


18. Hu Jintao (People's Republic of China)


19. Hugo Chavez (Venezuela)


20. Bakiyev Bakiyev (Kyrgyzstan)


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[Photos courtesy of World Economic Forum, Bohan Shen_沈伯韩, United Nations, Norway UN, Ammar Abd Rabbo, Daniella Zalcman, Rama, London Summit, ¡Que comunismo!, and Steele C. G. Britton]

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