Current World Dictators

Here is a comprehensive, up-to-date list of the current world dictators and authoritarian regimes. As of today, there are 49 dictatorships in the world (19 in Sub-Saharan Africa, 12 in the Middle East and North Africa, 8 in Asia-Pacific, 7 in Eurasia 2 in Americas and 1 in Europe). We define a dictator as the ruler of a land rated “Not Free” by the Freedom House in their annual survey of freedom. See the interactive map and filterable list of photos below or click to visit the current dictators category.


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Map of World Freedom in 2018:

Map of World Freedom in 2018

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Map of World Freedom in 2017:

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Map of World Freedom in 2016:

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Map of World Freedom in 2015:

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Map of World Freedom in 2014:

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Map of World Freedom in 2013:

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Map of World Freedom in 2011-2012:

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NOT FREE Countries In 2018:

  1. Afghanistan – Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, President of Afghanistan
  2. Algeria – Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President of Algeria
  3. Angola – João Lourenço, President of Angola (since Sept 26, 2017; replaced Jose Eduardo dos Santos)
  4. Azerbaijan – Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan
  5. Bahrain – King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain
  6. Belarus – Aleksandr Lukashenko, President of Belarus
  7. Brunei – Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah
  8. Burundi – Pierre Nkurunziza, President of Burundi
  9. Cambodia – Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia
  10. Cameroon – Paul Biya, President of Cameroon
  11. Central African Republic – Faustin Archange Touadera
  12. Chad – Idriss Deby, President of Chad
  13. China – Xi Jinping, President of China
  14. Congo, Dem. Rep. of – Joseph Kabila, President of Congo
  15. Congo, Rep of (Brazzaville) – Denis Sassou Nguesso, President
  16. Cuba – Raul Castro, President of Cuba
  17. Djibouti – Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, President of Djibouti
  18. Egypt – Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, President of Egypt
  19. Equatorial Guinea – OBIANG NGUEMA MBASOGO, President
  20. Eritrea – Isaias Afwerki, President of Eritrea
  21. Ethiopia – Girme Wolde Giorgis, President of Ethiopia
  22. Gabon – Albert-Bernard Bongo, President of Gabon
  23. Gambia – Adama Barrow, President of Gambia
  24. Iran – Hassan Rouhan, President of Iran
  25. Iraq – Muhammad Fuad Masum, President of Iraq
  26. Kazakhstan – Nursultan Nazarbaev, President of Kazakhstan
  27. Laos – Bounnhang Vorachith, President (elected on Apr 19, 2016)
  28. Libya – Nouri Abusahmain, President
  29. Mauritania – Mohamed Ould Abd Aziz, President of Mauritania
  30. North Korea – Kim Jong-un, President of North Korea
  31. Oman – Qaboos bin Said Al-Said, Prime Minister of Oman
  32. Qatar – Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani
  33. Russia – Vladimir Putin, President of Russia
  34. Rwanda – Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda
  35. Saudi Arabia – King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz, King of Saudi Arabia
  36. Somalia – Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of Somalia
  37. South Sudan – Salva Kiir Mayardit, President
  38. Sudan – Omar H.A. Al-Bashier, President of Sudan
  39. Swaziland – Mswati III, King of Swaziland
  40. Syria – Bashar al-Assad, President of Syria
  41. Tajikistan – Emomalii Rahmon, President of Tadjikistan
  42. Thailand – Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand
  43. Turkey – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of Turkey – ADDED
  44. Turkmenistan – Gurbanguly BERDIMUHAMEDOW, President of Turkmenistan
  45. United Arab Emirates – Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
  46. Uzbekistan – Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of Uzbekistan
  47. Venezuela – Nicolás Maduro, President of Venezuela
  48. Vietnam – Tran Dai Quang, President of Vietnam
  49. Western Sahara – Brahim Ghali, President of Western Sahara – ADDED
  50. Yemen – Ali Abdallah Salih, President of Yemen
  51. Zimbabwe – Robert (Gabriel) Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe

NOT FREE (authoritarian regimes/dictatorships) Countries In 2017:

  1. Afghanistan – Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, President of Afghanistan
  2. Algeria – Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President of Algeria
  3. Angola – João Lourenço, President of Angola (since Sept 26, 2017; replaced Jose Eduardo dos Santos)
  4. Azerbaijan – Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan
  5. Bahrain – King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain
  6. Belarus – Aleksandr Lukashenko, President of Belarus
  7. Brunei – Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah
  8. Burundi – Pierre Nkurunziza, President of Burundi
  9. Cambodia – Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia
  10. Cameroon – Paul Biya, President of Cameroon
  11. Central African Republic – Faustin Archange Touadera
  12. Chad – Idriss Deby, President of Chad
  13. China – Xi Jinping, President of China
  14. Congo, Dem. Rep. of – Joseph Kabila, President of Congo
  15. Congo, Rep of (Brazzaville) – Denis Sassou Nguesso, President
  16. Cuba – Raul Castro, President of Cuba
  17. Djibouti – Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, President of Djibouti
  18. Egypt – Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, President of Egypt
  19. Equatorial Guinea – OBIANG NGUEMA MBASOGO, President
  20. Eritrea – Isaias Afwerki, President of Eritrea
  21. Ethiopia – Girme Wolde Giorgis, President of Ethiopia
  22. Gabon – Albert-Bernard Bongo, President of Gabon
  23. Gambia – Adama Barrow, President of Gambia
  24. Iran – Hassan Rouhan, President of Iran
  25. Iraq – Muhammad Fuad Masum, President of Iraq
  26. Kazakhstan – Nursultan Nazarbaev, President of Kazakhstan
  27. Laos – Bounnhang Vorachith, President (elected on Apr 19, 2016)
  28. Libya – Nouri Abusahmain, President
  29. Mauritania – Mohamed Ould Abd Aziz, President of Mauritania
  30. North Korea – Kim Jong-un, President of North Korea
  31. Oman – Qaboos bin Said Al-Said, Prime Minister of Oman
  32. Qatar – Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani
  33. Russia – Vladimir Putin, President of Russia
  34. Rwanda – Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda
  35. Saudi Arabia – King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz, King of Saudi Arabia
  36. Somalia – Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of Somalia
  37. South Sudan – Salva Kiir Mayardit, President
  38. Sudan – Omar H.A. Al-Bashier, President of Sudan
  39. Swaziland – Mswati III, King of Swaziland
  40. Syria – Bashar al-Assad, President of Syria
  41. Tajikistan – Emomalii Rahmon, President of Tadjikistan
  42. Thailand – Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand
  43. Turkmenistan – Gurbanguly BERDIMUHAMEDOW, President of Turkmenistan
  44. United Arab Emirates – Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
  45. Uzbekistan – Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of Uzbekistan
  46. Venezuela – Nicolás Maduro, President of Venezuela – ADDED
  47. Vietnam – Tran Dai Quang, President of Vietnam
  48. Yemen – Ali Abdallah Salih, President of Yemen
  49. Zimbabwe – Robert (Gabriel) Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe

NOT FREE (authoritarian regimes/dictatorships) Countries In 2016:

  1. Afghanistan – Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, President of Afghanistan
  2. Algeria – Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President of Algeria
  3. Angola – Mr. Jose Eduardo dos Santos, President of Angola
  4. Azerbaijan – Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan
  5. Bahrain – King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain
  6. Belarus – Aleksandr Lukashenko, President of Belarus
  7. Brunei – Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah
  8. Burundi – Pierre Nkurunziza, President of Burundi
  9. Cambodia – Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia
  10. Cameroon – Paul Biya, President of Cameroon
  11. Central African Republic – Faustin Archange Touadera – ADDED
  12. Chad – Idriss Deby, President of Chad
  13. China – Xi Jinping, President of China
  14. Congo, Dem. Rep. of – Joseph Kabila, President of Congo
  15. Congo, Rep of (Brazzaville) – Denis Sassou Nguesso, President
  16. Cuba – Raul Castro, President of Cuba
  17. Djibouti – Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, President of Djibouti
  18. Egypt – Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, President of Egypt
  19. Equatorial Guinea – OBIANG NGUEMA MBASOGO, President
  20. Eritrea – Isaias Afwerki, President of Eritrea
  21. Ethiopia – Girme Wolde Giorgis, President of Ethiopia
  22. Gabon – Albert-Bernard Bongo, President of Gabon
  23. Gambia – Adama Barrow, President of Gambia
  24. Iran – Hassan Rouhan, President of Iran
  25. Iraq – Muhammad Fuad Masum, President of Iraq
  26. Jordan – King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein, King of Jordan
  27. Kazakhstan – Nursultan Nazarbaev, President of Kazakhstan
  28. Laos – Bounnhang Vorachith, President (elected on Apr 19, 2016)
  29. Libya – Nouri Abusahmain, President
  30. Mauritania – Mohamed Ould Abd Aziz, President of Mauritania
  31. Myanmar (Burma) – Htin Kyaw, President of Myanmar – ADDED
  32. North Korea – Kim Jong-un, President of North Korea
  33. Oman – Qaboos bin Said Al-Said, Prime Minister of Oman
  34. Qatar – Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani
  35. Russia – Vladimir Putin, President of Russia
  36. Rwanda – Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda
  37. Saudi Arabia – King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz, King of Saudi Arabia
  38. Somalia – Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of Somalia
  39. South Sudan – Salva Kiir Mayardit, President
  40. Sudan – Omar H.A. Al-Bashier, President of Sudan
  41. Swaziland – Mswati III, King of Swaziland
  42. Syria – Bashar al-Assad, President of Syria
  43. Tajikistan – Emomalii Rahmon, President of Tadjikistan
  44. Thailand – Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand
  45. Turkmenistan – Gurbanguly BERDIMUHAMEDOW, President of Turkmenistan
  46. United Arab Emirates – Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
  47. Uzbekistan – Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of Uzbekistan
  48. Vietnam – Tran Dai Quang, President of Vietnam – ADDED
  49. Yemen – Ali Abdallah Salih, President of Yemen
  50. Zimbabwe – Robert (Gabriel) Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe

NOT FREE (authoritarian regimes/dictatorships) Countries In 2015:

  1. Afghanistan – Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, President of Afghanistan
  2. Algeria – Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President of Algeria
  3. Angola – Mr. Jose Eduardo dos Santos, President of Angola
  4. Azerbaijan – Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan
  5. Bahrain – King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain
  6. Belarus – Aleksandr Lukashenko, President of Belarus
  7. Brunei – Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah
  8. Burundi – Pierre Nkurunziza, President of Burundi
  9. Cambodia – Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia
  10. Cameroon – Paul Biya, President of Cameroon
  11. Central African Republic – Catherine Samba-Panza, President
  12. Chad – Idriss Deby, President of Chad
  13. China – Xi Jinping, President of China
  14. Congo, Dem. Rep. of – Joseph Kabila, President of Congo
  15. Congo, Rep of (Brazzaville) – Denis Sassou Nguesso, President
  16. Cuba – Raul Castro, President of Cuba
  17. Djibouti – Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, President of Djibouti
  18. Egypt – Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, President of Egypt
  19. Equatorial Guinea – OBIANG NGUEMA MBASOGO, President
  20. Eritrea – Isaias Afwerki, President of Eritrea
  21. Ethiopia – Girme Wolde Giorgis, President of Ethiopia
  22. Gabon – Albert-Bernard Bongo, President of Gabon
  23. Gambia – Alhaji Dr. Yahya Abdul-Azziz Jemus Junkung Jammeh, President of Gambia
  24. Iran – Hassan Rouhan, President of Iran
  25. Iraq – Muhammad Fuad Masum, President of Iraq
  26. Jordan – King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein, King of Jordan
  27. Kazakhstan – Nursultan Nazarbaev, President of Kazakhstan
  28. Laos – Lieutenant General Choummaly Sayasone, President
  29. Libya – Nouri Abusahmain, President
  30. Mauritania – Mohamed Ould Abd Aziz, President of Mauritania
  31. Myanmar (Burma) – Thein Sein, President of Myanmar
  32. North Korea – Kim Jong-un, President of North Korea
  33. Oman – Qaboos bin Said Al-Said, Prime Minister of Oman
  34. Qatar – Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani
  35. Russia – Vladimir Putin, President of Russia
  36. Rwanda – Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda
  37. Saudi Arabia – King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz, King of Saudi Arabia
  38. Somalia – Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of Somalia
  39. South Sudan – Salva Kiir Mayardit, President
  40. Sudan – Omar H.A. Al-Bashier, President of Sudan
  41. Swaziland – Mswati III, King of Swaziland
  42. Syria – Bashar al-Assad, President of Syria
  43. Tajikistan – Emomalii Rahmon, President of Tadjikistan
  44. Thailand – Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand
  45. Turkmenistan – Gurbanguly BERDIMUHAMEDOW, President of Turkmenistan
  46. United Arab Emirates – Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
  47. Uzbekistan – Islam Abdughanievich Karimov, President of Uzbekistan
  48. Vietnam – Truong Tan Sang, President of Vietnam
  49. Yemen – Ali Abdallah Salih, President of Yemen
  50. Zimbabwe – Robert (Gabriel) Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe

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