Join us on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 from 10 – 11 am for a Coffee Morning with Dr. Brian Klaas on ‘The West and the Decline of Democracy’ .
The Grimshaw Club’s famous coffee mornings are back! To start off the year, we are thrilled to be joined by Dr. Brian Klaas, a fellow in Comparative Politics at LSE, to discuss the work surrounding his latest book: ‘The Despot’s Accomplice: How the West is Aiding & Abetting the Decline of Democracy’.
Dr. Klaas’ book draws on years of extensive interviews on the frontlines of the global struggle for democracy, from a poetry-reading, politician-kidnapping general in Madagascar to Islamist torture victims in Tunisia, Belarusian opposition activists tailed by the FSB, West African rebels, and tea-sipping members of the Thai junta. Cumulatively, their stories weave together a tale of a broken system at the root of democracy’s global retreat.
The discussion will start with a 20 minute introduction by Dr. Klaas, followed by a general Q&A discussion to finish by 11:00 am.
The event is free to attend, coffee and snacks will be provided.