Club Meeting 25 March 2024 – Speaker: Dr Brian Klaas

Our club meeting on Monday 25 March was well-attended by members and President Les Haswell also welcomed a number of guests. The club business included a brief SGM, when Club Secretary Paul Russell announced that there had been one nomination each for the two remaining vacant posts for the 2024-25 Rotary year. Mark Butcher was confirmed as President-Elect; and Mike Court as Club Secretary, with Paul already confirmed as President

Nick Bell announced “Walk the Watercress Way” – a 15k sponsored walk on Sunday 2 June – full details are now on the club website and our social media pages. Winchester Rotary is organising the walk in support of this year’s club charity, Winchester Hospice. Clive Cook reported on the pupil mentoring initiative. Anthony Arkwright gave advance notice of an event on 16 July at the Theatre Royal – “An Evening of Aventure with Jordan Wylie MBE” – tickets are already on sale at the theatre box office – and information witll soon be on our website. Funds raised will support Winchester Hospice and the Army Cadet Charitable Trust, for which Jordan is National Ambassador.

President Les then introduced our speaker Dr Brian Klaas – an Associate Professor in Global Politics at University College London, originally from the USA. Dr Klaas now lives in Winchester and two years ago joined the Volunteer Guides at Winchester Cathedral – several more of whom were among those present (members and guests!). At the start of his talk he told us that a few hours earlier he had acquired British citizenship -having taken and passed the necessary test!

He is an expert on democracy, authoritarianism, US foreign policy, American politics more generally, political violence, and elections and is in regular demand as a commentator on a wide array of international media outlets. His talk was based around his book Corruptible: Who Gets Power and How It Changes Us. He gave us a fascinating, entertaining, and at times frightening, glimpse into the world of global politics and the effect of power. He is also speaking at this year’s Winchester Books Festival.

It was an enthralling talk and a privilege to hear from such an eminent speaker.

Gill Russell

Dr Brian Klaas

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