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The Future of Democracy Brian Klaas

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Are we seeing the end of democracy? What do we do about it?

The world is in turmoil. From Russia, Turkey and Egypt to the United States, authoritarian populists have seized power. For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the world is steadily becoming less democratic. As a result, liberal democracy itself may now be at risk.

Brian Klaas (author of The Despot’s Apprentice and co-author of How to Rig an Election) discusses the state of liberal democracy. He talks about declining trust in politics and whether citizens are falling out of love with their political system, and how complicit the West is in this. He looks at the impact of stagnating living standards and the role of social media, and explores how to develop new solutions for protecting democracy from populists as well as authoritarian subversion.

Brian Klaas

Brian Klaas is an assistant professor and lecturer in global politics at University College London and a columnist for The Washington Post. He is the author of three books: The Despot’s Apprentice: Donald Trump’s Attack on DemocracyThe Despot’s Accomplice: How the West is Aiding & Abetting the Decline of Democracy and How to Rig an Election (co-authored with Nic Cheeseman). He is also a frequent television commentator and political consultant, and has advised governments, US political campaigns, NATO, the European Union, multi-billion dollar investors, international NGOs, and international politicians. He was previously based at the London School of Economics and the University of Oxford. Follow him on Twitter @brianklaas

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