William  J.  Dobson William J. Dobson

William J. Dobson is Slate’s politics and foreign affairs editor and the author of The Dictator’s Learning Curve: Inside the Global Battle for Democracy.

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Oct. 3 2014 11:09 AMWhat Happened at Slate This Week?Will Dobson recaps the week from his shiny new desk.
Political Gabfest
June 20 2014 1:06 PMThe “I Don’t Have a Title for This Show” EditionListen to Slate's show about Iraq’s sectarian violence, the capture of alleged Benghazi terrorist Ahmed Abu Khattala, and the Facebook threat case that’s headed to the Supreme Court.
Political Gabfest
April 18 2014 11:27 AMHow Can We Fix the Sexual Assault Epidemic on College Campuses?
Foreigners
Feb. 20 2014 12:38 PMVenezuela EruptsHugo Chavez may have spewed hate, but he always kept a lid on repression. That may be over now.
Foreigners
Sept. 10 2013 6:19 PMDazed and ConfusedIf your foreign policy has to be rescued by a dictator, you are doing it wrong.
Foreigners
Aug. 14 2013 8:50 PMLost in EgyptPresident Obama has no influence with Egypt’s generals. It’s time the administration admits it—and speaks a language the generals understand.
Foreigners
July 9 2013 6:29 PMIs Egypt’s Revolution Over?It was always going to be hard. Now the window for democracy is closing fast.
Foreigners
June 11 2013 6:31 PMIstanbullyIs protest-crushing Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan no longer the world’s most effective dictator?
Foreigners
March 14 2013 5:41 AMHugo’s VictorWhy Chávez’s appointed heir, Nicolás Maduro, will win Venezuela’s presidential election, even though the country’s a wreck.
Foreigners
Feb. 1 2013 1:17 PMWhat Mubarak Got RightThe former dictator predicted Egypt’s descent into chaos—because he planned it.
Low Concept
Nov. 9 2012 7:03 AMLessons From the 2012 ElectionWhat we learned about politics from the Obama-Romney race.
Foreigners
Oct. 8 2012 6:22 PMHugo Chávez’s Final ActWhy his victory means Venezuela will get much worse before it gets better.
Political Gabfest
June 22 2012 1:40 PMThe Post-Solstice, Dictator Will Crush You Now GabfestListen to Slate's show about the Mitt Romney’s religion; Will Dobson’s new book, The Dictator’s Learning Curve; and UVA President Teresa Sullivan’s ouster.
Foreigners
June 6 2012 1:36 PMThe World’s Toughest JobTry being a human rights lawyer in China.
Foreigners
June 5 2012 7:30 AMThe Dictator SlayersMeet 12 people brave enough to go toe-to-toe with modern-day strongmen.
Political Gabfest
Sept. 5 2014 2:33 PMThe “In the Cloud, No One Knows You’re a Dog” EditionListen to Slate’s show about Putin’s aggressive action in Ukraine, the 2014 elections, and the theft of celebrity nude photos.
Slate Plus
May 7 2014 5:48 PMLife on the Downer BeatJosh Keating talks to his editor about how to make you care about foreign affairs.
Foreigners
March 16 2014 5:58 PMThe Malaysia Airlines Pilot’s PoliticsZaharie Ahmad Shah supported Anwar Ibrahim. That’s common sense, not zealotry.
Photography
Jan. 24 2014 4:30 PMOn the BarricadesThe streets of Kiev turned violent as Ukrainians stood up to a dictatorship in the making.
Foreigners
Aug. 21 2013 7:01 PMThe World Won’t Wait for ObamaThe Middle East’s autocrats are taking every inch President Obama gives them.
Foreigners
July 25 2013 8:01 PMThe Reckless AgitatorGen. Sisi is willing to plunge Egypt into chaos for his own personal power and legitimacy.
Foreigners
July 4 2013 12:42 PMEgypt’s Reluctant RulersThe country’s generals didn’t want to oust Morsi. They just want someone who can keep Egypt stable—and guarantee their perks and privileges.
Foreigners
June 7 2013 2:30 PM“You Must Be Kidding, Barack”What Xi Jinping will say when Obama complains about Chinese hacking.
Politics
March 6 2013 9:47 AMThe Ghost of Hugo ChávezHow his economically disastrous, politically effective ideology will haunt the country he ruined.
Foreigners
Dec. 28 2012 7:11 PMPutin the PitifulHe came to power promising a stronger Russia. Now he leads a petty regime that picks on orphans.
The XX Factor
Oct. 10 2012 9:48 AMThe Taliban Shot a 14-Year-Old Girl. Here's Why She Scares Them.
Political Gabfest
Aug. 3 2012 4:08 PMThe Chick-fil-A GabfestListen to Slate's show about Mitt Romney’s European adventure, Ted Cruz’s win in Texas, and the Chick-fil-A controversy.
Foreigners
June 7 2012 2:18 PMHow To Make a RevolutionEvery revolution is unique. But the men and women who brought down Slobodan Milošević are willing to show you how.
Foreigners
June 5 2012 2:12 PMWanna Beat Hugo Chavez? Then learn how to fight Mike Tyson.
Foreigners
June 4 2012 3:22 PMWhy the Chinese Communist Party Is Afraid of a FlowerEvery June Fourth we are reminded that China is anything but a confident global power.

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