Event / London School of Economics

The Despot’s Apprentice Talk with Dr Brian Klaas

24 Jan 2018 – 18.30 - 20.00

Donald Trump isn’t a despot. But he is increasingly acting like a despot’s apprentice. An expert on authoritarianism, Brian Klaas is well placed to recognise the warning signs of tyranny. He argues forcefully that with every autocratic tactic or tweet, Trump further erodes democratic norms in the world’s most powerful democracy.

Join the Department of Government at LSE for an evening of discussion of the unique threat that Trump poses to global democracy—and how to save it from him before it’s too late.

About the Author

Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) is Fellow in Comparative Politics, Department of Government, LSE and author of The Despot’s Apprentice: Donald Trump’s Attack on Democracy.

He has advised several national governments and major international NGOs, including International Crisis Group, the Carter Center, and One Earth Future. Klaas received his doctorate from the University of Oxford.

About the Chair

Jonathan Hopkin (@jrhopkin) is Associate Professor of Comparative Politics, Department of Government, LSE and author of Party Formation and Democratic Transition in Spain as well as numerous journal articles on democratic institutions and political economy in Europe.


The Despot’s Apprentice
Donald Trump's Attack on Democracy
London School of Economics
Old Theatre
Ground Floor, Old Building
Houghton St