Brian Klaas

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The United States Needs a Post-Election Peace Plan

I study fractured societies from post-war Côte d’Ivoire to post-Arab Spring Tunisia. Here’s how the next president can heal a divided electorate.

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How Fake Democracies Damage Real Ones

Madagascar shows what happens when the world treats a corrupt regime like a functioning democracy.

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The Devil We Know in Minsk

Europe is about to let its last dictator in from the cold. Here's why it should demand change instead.

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Today, Tunisia Is Tested

Can the country that has been the Arab Spring’s success story maintain national unity and avoid repression after today’s deadly attack?

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Bridging the Two Tunisias

So far Tunisia's revolution has managed to bridge the gap between secularists and Islamists. But can that precarious accord make it through election season?

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The Long Shadow of Ben Ali

How a decades-old fake coup attempt is taking its toll on Tunisia.

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The Curse of Low Expectations

Lessons for democracy from Madagascar's election.

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About Brian Klaas

Brian Klaas is a Fellow in Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics and the author of The Despot's Accomplice: How the West is Aiding & Abetting the Decline of Democracy.

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