Event / Oxford Literary Festival

The Despot’s Apprentice: Trump’s Attack on Democracy

22 Mar 2018 – 12.00-13.00

Donald Trump isn’t a despot. But he is increasingly acting like a despot’s apprentice. Whether it’s attacking the press, threatening the rule of law, or staffing the White House with family members and cronies, Trump is borrowing moves from the world’s dictators. The president’s bizarre adoration of global strongmen has also transformed US foreign policy into a powerful force cheerleading some of the world’s worst regimes.

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 us at the Oxford Literary Festival for an engaging 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.

The Despot’s Apprentice
Donald Trump's Attack on Democracy
Oxford Literary Festival
Bodleian Divinity School
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