What is happening?

A lot is happening very quickly. The initial conditions at the onset of the pandemic — in domestic and international political economy — are quite germane. And the extraordinary scale, scope, and speed of the monetary and fiscal responses carry a slew of long-term consequences — some known, some unknown; some intended, some not so much. It’s all quite […]

Globalization in the Age of American Primacy

A syllabus for an international political economy course I developed in 2016.

Favorite Books of 2015

A dozen book recommendations

Henry Kissinger’s World Order and the Question of Universal Values

On the tension among “universal” values, world order, and U.S. power
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Thoughts on James Fallows’s “Chickenhawk Nation”

In a Chickenhawk nation, policy still matters (featuring a case study on Somalia)
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Politics and Culture in International History

The concept of order that has underpinned the modern era is in crisis. The search for world order has long been defined almost exclusively by the concepts of Western societies … But vast regions of the world have never shared and only acquiesced in the Western concept of order … [The United States must think] […]

The Enduring Relevance of Thucydides

For some reason that I will never understand, Thucydides’s History of the Peloponnesian War is not required reading for graduate students of international relations.1 I don’t know how I was handed a college degree without having read it, for that matter.