Global Autocracies: Strategies of Transnational Repression, Legitimation, and Co-Optation in World Politics

  title={Global Autocracies: Strategies of Transnational Repression, Legitimation, and Co-Optation in World Politics},
  author={Gerasimos Tsourapas},
  journal={International Studies Review},
  • G. Tsourapas
  • Published 2020
  • Political Science
  • International Studies Review
How, when, and why does a state take repressive action against individuals residing outside its territorial jurisdiction? Beyond state-led domestic forms of control over citizens living within their legal borders, autocracies also seek to target those abroad—from African states’ sponsoring violence against exiled dissidents to Central Asian republics’ extraditions of political émigrés, and from the adoption of spyware software to monitor digital activism across Latin America to enforced… Expand
The Arab uprisings and the return of repression
ABSTRACT The Arab uprisings of 2011 led to a reassessment of comparative politics research on authoritarianism in the Middle East and North Africa. The Arab region made its way from area studies intoExpand
Disinformation under a networked authoritarian state: Saudi trolls’ credibility attacks against Jamal Khashoggi
Abstract This paper deals with a case study that provides unique and original insight into social media credibility attacks against the Saudi journalist and activist, Jamal Khashoggi. To get theExpand
Conclusion: Lessons Learned and Future Research


Transnational Repression, Diaspora Mobilization, and the Case of The Arab Spring
Do authoritarian states deter dissent in the diaspora? Using data on Libyan and Syrian activism in the United States and Great Britain, this study demonstrates that they do through violence, exile,Expand
Non‐state authoritarianism and diaspora politics
Diaspora politics has been celebrated as a form of transnationalism that can potentially challenge authoritarian regimes. Arguably, opposition groups and political activists can mobilize beyond theExpand
Repression across borders: homeland response to anti-regime mobilization among Syrians in Sweden
Within social movement studies, it is often argued that a state's capabilities of hindering mobilization can be outmanoeuvred through transnational mobilization. The same way, within diasporaExpand
Exit and voice in a digital age: Iran’s exiled activists and the authoritarian state
ABSTRACT Digital communication technologies have given dissidents from authoritarian contexts better opportunities to pursue political activism from exile. After the exit from their home country,Expand
The long arm of the Arab state
ABSTRACT Under what conditions do authoritarian states exercise control over populations abroad? The securitization of cross-border mobility has been a common theme in examining immigration policiesExpand
Positive and Negative Diaspora Governance in Context: From Public Diplomacy to Transnational Authoritarianism
Abstract: The diaspora studies literature recently has indicated an expansion in state-led diaspora engagement initiatives and burgeoning diaspora governance institutions around the world. HomeExpand
Autocratic diffusion and cooperation: the impact of interests vs. ideology
ABSTRACT This introductory essay argues that patterns of diffusion and cooperation among non-democratic regimes differ significantly in goal, mode, impulse, and scope. Autocracies that are guided byExpand
By way of patriotism, coercion, or instrumentalization: how the Eritrean regime makes use of the diaspora to stabilize its rule
ABSTRACT Eritrea is one of the most diasporic countries in the world with one-third of the population living abroad, and one-third of the state’s budget is derived from remittances. This is done byExpand
Activism and Nationalism Among the Third Bahraini Wave of Exile
Abstract:A decade after the 2001 royal amnesty, when the first two waves of leftist then Islamist exiles came back to Bahrain, the 2011 uprising marked a “third” phase in the history of BahrainiExpand
Migration Diplomacy in World Politics
Academic and policy debates on migration and refugee ‘crises’ across the world have yet to fully engage with the importance of cross-border population mobility for states’ diplomatic strategies. ThisExpand