Dr. Brian Klaas

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Dr. Brian Klaas is an Associate Professor in Global Politics at University College London and a columnist for The Washington Post, as well as a best-selling author on global politics & how power corrupts leaders.

Dr. Brian Klaas

About Brian Klaas

Brian Klaas grew up in Minnesota - one of the most prosperous states in the United States - and developed an interest in the places were that were distinctly un-Minnesotan. He has devoted his career to understanding the politics of dysfunction, chaos, and avoidable failures and how to turn those societies around. This took him to Oxford for a PhD where he studied some of the most broken societies on the planet, from Madagascar to Belarus and Côte d'Ivoire to Tunisia.

Since 2016 his attention has returned to his homeland of the US where he applies his insights from studying the hallmarks and patterns of dysfunctional societies to understand the evolution of the US political system and society.

Dr. Klaas is an expert on democracy, authoritarianism, US foreign policy, American politics more generally, political violence, and elections. He has authored several books including "How to Rig an Election", and "Corruptible: Who gets power and how it changes us".

Currently an Associate Professor in Global Politics at University College London and a columnist for The Washington Post, Dr. Klaas was previously based at the London School of Economics and the University of Oxford.

Garden Talks by Dr. Brian Klaas