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Montag 01.04. 19.00 Uhr

Open Lecture Series X (OLSx) vol.3: The Global Crisis of Democracy

Talk, Discussion & Networking

As part of Open Lecture Series X (OLSx)


Location: wizemann.space, Quellenstraße 7a, 70376 Stuttgart
Entry fee: free admission
Language: English
Tickets: via Eventbrite


For more than a decade, the world has become less democratic every year. From the rise of authoritarian populists in Russia, Turkey, Venezuela, Brazil, and the Philippines to those who are chipping away at democratic institutions in the United States, Poland, and Hungary, the crisis is widespread. Worse, the international order that fosters the growth of democracy is cracking under the weight of attacks from the White House and from a splintered Europe consumed by Brexit. In this talk, political scientist and The Washington Post columnist Dr. Brian Klaas (UCL) will pinpoint the problem, explain why it is happening, and provide possible solutions for how those committed to democracy can help turn back the authoritarian tide.

Snacks and one drink are included. Please register via Eventbrite.


OLSx is a distinctive, international and open event series tapping on relevant economic, social and environmental issues. We are inviting an accomplished speaker for each event, who will share her or his perspectives on pressing topics. Afterwards, the audience is invited to continue the conversation – during the Q&A with our speaker and of course amongst each other during the networking session with drinks and snacks.


With: Dr. Brian Klaas,  University College London
In cooperation with:
wizemann.space

Dr. Brian Klaas

Dr. Brian Klaas is an Assistant Professor/Lecturer in Global Politics at University College London and a columnist for The Washington Post. Klaas is also a frequent television commentator and political consultant. He was previously based at the London School of Economics and the University of Oxford. Klaas has advised governments, U.S. political campaigns, NATO, the European Union, multi-billion dollar investors, international NGOs, and international politicians. His writing has also recently been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, Foreign Affairs, Newsweek, and many other publications. Klaas is a regular commentator on a wide array of international media outlets too, including MSNBC, CNN, BBC News, NPR News, CNBC, BBC World Service, and many others. Prior to becoming an academic, Dr. Klaas worked on U.S. campaigns — including serving as the Policy Director / Deputy Campaign Manager for Mark Dayton’s successful bid for Governor of Minnesota. Klaas, an American, speaks French and is proficient in Arabic in addition to his native English. He received his DPhil in Politics from the University of Oxford (New College), an MPhil in Comparative Government from the University of Oxford (St. Antony’s), and a Bachelor of Arts (Summa Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa) from Carleton College.