Brian Klaas

Brian Klaas

Dr. Brian Klaas is an expert on global democracy, democratic transitions, political violence and volatility, and elections -- and the security and economic risks of all these challenges. Klaas is the author of "The Despot's Accomplice: How the West is Aiding & Abetting the Decline of Democracy," (Hurst & Co./Oxford University Press). He is a Fellow in Global and Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics. Klaas has advised governments, multi-billion dollar investors, international NGOs, and high-profile politicians. Dr. Klaas has extensive experience working in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and United States politics. Prior clients include the premier conflict management NGO in the world, International Crisis Group, the respected international election monitoring organization, The Carter Center, and large private firms. In the last two years, he has worked with elites at the highest levels of government and public affairs in Thailand, Tunisia, Madagascar, Zambia, Belarus, Nigeria, and Côte d'Ivoire. He has recently been featured in The New York Times, the Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, the Financial Times, Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Foreign Policy, Christian Science Monitor, Libération (France), L'Express (France), The Globe & Mail (Canada) and many other publications. Klaas has appeared on a wide array of international media outlets too, including BBC News, CNN, Sky News, NPR News, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, France 24, CBC News (Canada), Radio France Internationale, Al-Jazeera, ARD News (German national TV), Record TV (Brazilian national TV), Agence France Presse, and Sirius XM radio. Klaas, an American, speaks French and is proficient in Arabic in addition to his native English. He received his DPhil in Politics from the University of Oxford (New College), an MPhil in Comparative Government from the University of Oxford (St. Antony's), and a Bachelor of Arts (Summa Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa) from Carleton College.
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