How to be an Autocrat --- Autocrats are in a precarious position - facing threats from the population who wants greater democratization and other regime elites who want to replace them. How do autocrats navigate these threats? In this course, we study how to be an autocrat. After understanding the different nature of threats that autocrats face, we then move into the different ways that autocrats design their regimes to temper these threats including coup-proofing their security apparatus, discriminate and indiscriminate violence against the population, and co-optation. The last big theme is how authoritarian regimes are held accountable for their actions. Enforced Pre-Requisite: No credit in POLSCI 389, Topic 121 "Coercion in Autoacrices".