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#41 "THE DESPOT'S ACCOMPLICE" AUTHOR DR. BRIAN KLAAS!
Today's guest is Dr. Brian Klaas, author of "The Despot's Accomplice" and one of the most accomplished guests we've ever had the pleasure of interviewing. Here's his full, amazing bio of amazing stuff he done did. Dr. Brian Klaas is an expert on global democracy, democratic transitions, American politics, Western foreign policy, political violence, and elections -- and the security and economic risks of all these challenges. Klaas is the author of the forthcoming book, "The Despot's Accomplice: How the West is Aiding & Abetting the Decline of Democracy," (Hurst & Co./Oxford University Press) published in October 2016 and due for release in the US on March 1, 2017. He is a Fellow in Global and Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics. Klaas has advised governments, multi-billion dollar investors, international NGOs, and high-profile politicians. Dr. Klaas has extensive experience working in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and United States politics. Prior clients include the premier conflict management NGO in the world, International Crisis Group, the respected international election monitoring organization, The Carter Center, and large private firms. In the last two years, he has worked with elites at the highest levels of government and public affairs in Thailand, Tunisia, Madagascar, Zambia, Belarus, Nigeria, and Côte d'Ivoire. He has recently been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, the Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, the Financial Times, Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Foreign Policy, Christian Science Monitor, Libération (France), L'Express (France), The Globe & Mail (Canada) and many other publications. Klaas has appeared on a wide array of international media outlets too, including BBC News, BBC Newsnight, CNN, Sky News, NPR News, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, BBC World Service, France 24, CBC News (Canada), Radio France Internationale, Al-Jazeera, ARD News (Germany), Record TV (Brazil), and Agence France Presse. Prior to becoming an academic, Dr. Klaas worked on US campaigns -- including serving as the Policy Director / Deputy Campaign Manager for Mark Dayton's successful bid for Gov