Thanks for reading in advance, To start, the question: "What do you guys feel is the biggest impediment of the transition from authoritarianism to democracy?" Working on a political science paper, I've written my introduction, and mapped out how I want to go into the impediment and comparisons to other issues that can arise. But, when I write papers that are opinionated, I don't write well unless I'm fully behind my topic - I'm stuck because I can't decide which impediment I've thought of is more of a problem for the transition. Ideas I have: Charismatic leaders (credit to my buddy) - people can be fiercely loyal to a charismatic leader, even if it is authoritarian. Examples - Hitler, Fidel Castro Rigged "Elections" - Hosni Mubarak in egypt, democratic by name, but not by practice Ethnic Tension - elected officials are of one ethnicity only because they are the majority, policy issues due to favoritism Rebellion (post/during transition)- a country turned towards democracy by military coup may have violent dissidents Demilitarization - post rebellion/civil war, soldiers not needed in large amounts anymore, reintegration into society can be an issue Civil War(pre-transition) - post-war, installing a democratic government will be the same issue as ethnicity, two sides opposed operating under 1 government. The last three are kind of weak, but good to use as examples. Wondering if you guys have any ideas yourselves, or if you could let me know and (hopefully) explain why to help me understand, so I can write well about it.