Brian Klaas

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Brian Klaas
Born Brian Klaas
(1986-06-29) 29 June 1986 (age 32)
Golden Valley, Minnesota
Residence London, United Kingdom
Nationality American
Education B.A. 2008
MPhil, 2013
DPhil, 2015
Alma mater Carleton College
St Antony's College, Oxford
New College, Oxford
Occupation Academic
Known for Writings on democratization
Home town Golden Valley, Minnesota

Brian Paul Klaas (born 29 June 1986) is an American political scientist and columnist at the Washington Post.[1] He is an Assistant Professor in Global Politics at University College London. He is the author of The Despot's Accomplice: How the West is Aiding and Abetting the Decline of Democracy and The Despot's Apprentice: Donald Trump's Attack on Democracy. He is also the co-author of How to Rig An Election.

Early life and education

Klaas was born in Golden Valley, Minnesota.[2] He earned a BA (Summa cum laude) from Carleton College (2008), where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned an MPhil degree in political science from St. Antony's College, University of Oxford. He subsequently completed his DPhil in political science at New College, University of Oxford.[3]


Klaas is currently Assistant Professor in Global Politics at University College London. After completing his DPhil at New College, University of Oxford, he was a Fellow in Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics.

Klaas is a frequent commentator in the media on US foreign policy and democratization. His articles have been published in The New York Times,[4] The Financial Times,[5] Foreign Affairs,[6] Foreign Policy,[7] The Los Angeles Times,[8] and The Guardian.[9] He appears regularly on MSNBC,[10] CNBC,[11] BBC,[12] CNN[13] and other TV networks.

He was previously policy director and deputy campaign manager for Mark Dayton's successful bid for Governor of Minnesota from early 2009 to early 2011.[2]

Published works

  • The Despot's Accomplice: How the West is Aiding and Abetting the Decline of Democracy, Hurst, 2016, ISBN 978-1849046879[14]
  • The Despot's Apprentice: Donald Trump's Attack on Democracy, Skyhorse Publishing, 2017, ISBN 978-0300204438[15][16]
  • How To Rig An Election, Yale University Press, 2018, ISBN 9780300204438[17]


  1. ^ WashPostPr (2018-01-09). "Washington Post Global Opinions adds Jamal Khashoggi, Richard Glover, Patrick Gathara, Vladimir Kara-Murza and Brian Klaas as contributing writers". Washington Post. ISSN 0015-7120. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  2. ^ a b Donovan, Joe. "How Brian Klaas went from Mark Dayton's driver to one of Trump's harshest critics | City Pages". City Pages. Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  3. ^ "Dr Brian Klaas". London School of Economics and Political Science. Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  4. ^ Klaas, Brian; Pack, Jason (2015-06-14). "Opinion | Talking With the Wrong Libyans". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  5. ^ "Subscribe to read". Financial Times.
  6. ^ Klaas, Brian (2016-07-17). "Why Coups Fail". Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  7. ^ "How Fake Democracies Damage Real Ones". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  8. ^ Dirsus, Brian Klaas and Marcel. "The isolationist catastrophe of 'Brexit'". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  9. ^ Klaas, Brian (2016-11-18). "Dictators around the world will delight in Trump's victory". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  10. ^ MSNBC (2018-01-15). "MSNBC". MSNBC. ISSN 0015-7120. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  11. ^ CNBC (2018-01-15). "CNBC". CNBC. ISSN 0015-7120. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  12. ^ BBC (2018-01-15). "BBC". BBC. ISSN 0015-7120. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  13. ^ CNN (2018-01-09). "CNN". CNN. ISSN 0015-7120. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  14. ^ Klaas, Brian (2017-03-15). The Despot's Accomplice: How the West Is Aiding and Abetting the Decline of Democracy. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780190668013.
  15. ^ Klaas, Brian (2017-11-14). The Despot's Apprentice: Donald Trump's Attack on Democracy. Skyhorse Publishing Inc. ISBN 9781510735934.
  16. ^ Capp, Fiona (December 14, 2017). "The Despot's Apprentice review: Brian Klaas on Trump and the danger to democracy" – via The Sydney Morning Herald.
  17. ^ Klaas, Brian (2018-04-24). How To Rig An Election. Yale University Press. ISBN 9781510735934.

Further reading

  • Scholar Brian Klaas on how Trump is an aspiring despot who is steadily eroding our democracy
  • Author Brian Klaas: Is Trump an “aspiring despot” or a “bumbling showman”? Yes!

External links

  • Official website
  • LSE profile page
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