This course will examine the causes and consequences of dictatorships. It will then consider different types of dictatorship and the conditions under which they may be more durable. It will also discuss how dictatorships use repression, censorship and social media to maintain control and how dissidents fight back. In assessing these different factors, the course will then assess the conditions under which existing democracies like the United States might revert to dictatorship. In short, could it happen here?