Brian Klaas


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.


The Unthinkable Olive Branch

Sometimes the only way to end a conflict is to forgive those who were behind it.


How Fake Democracies Damage Real Ones

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


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.


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?


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?


The Long Shadow of Ben Ali

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


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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