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Key Points from Book: How Civil Wars Start and How to Stop Them

by Barbara F. Walter When Saddam Hussein was captured, researchers who study democratization didn’t celebrate. We knew that democratization, especially rapid democratization in a deeply divided country, could be highly destabilizing. In fact, the more radical and rapid the change, … Continue reading

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Key Points from Book: Wanting – The Power of Mimetic Desire in Everyday Life

WANTING: THE POWER OF MIMETIC DESIRE IN EVERYDAY LIFE by Luke Burgis Girard discovered that most of what we desire is mimetic (mi-met-ik) or imitative, not intrinsic. Humans learn—through imitation—to want the same things other people want, just as they … Continue reading

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The Rise and Fall of the Neoliberal Order: America and the World in the Free Market Era

The battle between America’s left and right has come to a very polarizing moment with the election of President Trump. The left wants U.S. government to spend more on social issues related to education, healthcare, and efforts to reduce social … Continue reading

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Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps that Explain Everything About the World

The war in Ukraine, decades-long tension between India and Pakistan, and the melting ice cap in Arctic, these are all issues discussed by Tim Marshall in his 2015 book, Prisoners of Geography. I picked up this book on the recommendation … Continue reading

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The Future of Money: How the Digital Revolution is Transforming Currencies and Finance

The rise in popularity of cryptocurrencies and fintech companies in both developed and developing world have changed the way money is perceived and being transacted. Eswar S. Prasad, Tolani Senior Professor of International Trade Policy at Cornell University and a … Continue reading

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