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Tuesday 26 November 201918.00 to 19.30

Date: 26 November 2019, 18:00-19:30
Venue: Chadwick Building 2.18

There are more elections than ever before in human history and yet the world is becoming less democratic. How can that be? A huge number of people suspect that their elections are being manipulated in some way or another, whether it's a vote in a fragile country in sub-Saharan Africa or Southeast Asia, or, say, a contentious referendum in the UK or a presidential election in the US. How much of that is true? And how do Western players, like the European Union and the United States, sometimes enable or encourage election rigging in the developing world? In this talk, Dr. Klaas will walk us through the tricks of the trade -- how the amateurs do it and how the pros get away with it, in this stranger than fiction talk that covers elections from Azerbaijan to Zimbabwe.

Speaker: Dr Brian Klaas
Dr. Klaas is an expert on democracy, authoritarianism, US foreign policy, American politics more generally, political violence, he is the author of several books, including: "How to Rig an Election".
He has extensive research experience working in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the United States. Dr. Klaas has conducted field research in six different countries, interviewing prime ministers, presidents, ministers, rebels, coup plotters, dissidents, and torture victims in an array of countries, including Madagascar, Thailand, Tunisia, Belarus, Côte d'Ivoire, and Zambia.
He is also a columnist for The Washington Post and the host & creator of the Power Corrupts podcast.