BBC's 'After the Dictators'

November 14, 2011

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A man brushes snow off the bust of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, who, along with his wife, was executed in 1989.

The BBC documentary After the Dictators explores what happens to nations after their autocratic leaders are gone.

Some dictators like Libya's Muammar Qaddafi and Romania's Nicolae Ceausescu are killed outright. Others, like Serbia's Slobodan Milosevic and Liberia's Charles Taylor, end up in international courts. And still others, like Stalin and Mao, pass away peacefully in bed. So how does the manner of the dictator's downfall shape their country's chances of recovery? The BBC’s Owen Bennett-Jones investigates.

Part one of After the Dictators airs today. Part two will air tomorrow.