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 […]

Favorite Books of 2015

A dozen book recommendations

Reflections on a Winding Road to EM Private Equity

In late 2005, I would arrive at the office early and catch up on the latest news of sectarian violence in Iraq.  It made for gruesome reading—bodies discovered in vacant houses, tied to chairs with clear evidence of torture.  A favorite tool seemed to be power drills, which were used on knees, ankles, heads. There […]

Thoughts on James Fallows’s “Chickenhawk Nation”

In a Chickenhawk nation, policy still matters (featuring a case study on Somalia)
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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.