President Rodrigo Duterte, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Turkish President Recep Tayyip, and Russian President Vladimir Putin are on the cover of TIME Magazine’s international edition May 14 issue. The issue’s top story tackled what the era of tough talking leaders means for global politics.
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Ian Bremmer, the writer of the cover story, said in the article that “in every region of the world, changing times have boosted public demand for more muscular, assertive leadership. These tough-talking populists promise to protect ‘us’ from ‘them.'”
“Depending on who’s talking, ‘them’ can mean the corrupt elite or the grasping poor; foreigners or members of racial, ethnic or religious minorities. Or disloyal politicians, bureaucrats, bankers or judges. Or lying reporters. Out of this divide, a new archetype of leader has emerged. We’re now in the strongman era,” he added.
“In the Philippines, a rising tide of violent street crime helped elect Rodrigo Duterte, a former mayor who talked more like a Mob boss than a President, on his promises to wipe out the drug trade with his own brand of justice,” Bremmer said.