Feb 6, 2022
Barbara Walter is a professor of international relations and political science at UC San Diego and one of the world's leading experts on civil wars, political violence, and terrorism.
She is also a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a frequent live guest on CNN, and an active consultant for the World Bank, the United Nations, and the Departments of Defense and State.
Her new book is How Civil Wars Start.
Barbara Walter explains how Donald Trump, the Republican fascists, and other right-wing ethnic violence entrepreneurs have pushed the United States to the brink of a second civil war.
She warns that after Trump’s coup attempt and lethal attack on the Capitol by his followers that the United States ceased to be a democracy and is now what experts describe as an anocracy – a failing if not failed democracy exists somewhere between autocracy and authoritarianism.
And Barbara Walter details what a second American civil war would look like and why it would be a very long and bloody struggle.
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