The New York Review of Books - 22 Nov 2018
This is a review of two books written on war by a renowned scholar and a “practitioner”: “The Future of War: A History” by Lawrence Freedman, and “Future War: Preparing for the New Global Battlefield” by Robert Latiff. Rich and dense throughout. One interesting insight, at a time when so many pundits are making predictions about a China-US conflict: predicting future wars - both who will fight them and how they will be fought - has always been a hit-and-miss affair (reads in 10-15 min).
Published in Weekly selection 16 November 2018
Quartz - 26 Aug 2018
A new book explains that the financial conditions and innovations that gave rise to the first truly global crisis, in 1825, are in many ways similar to the conditions that led Turkey and Argentina to their current precarious states. The big lesson from history is how quickly risk aversion melted away during a period of easy money, and how fear returned just as quickly when money started tightening (reads in 7-8 min).
Published in Weekly selection 2 September 2018
Foreign Affairs (metered paywall) - 1 Jul 2018
This is a must-read to understand what’s going on around the world. The human instinct to identify with a group is almost certainly hard-wired, with numerous neurological studies confirming that group identity can even produce physical sensations of satisfaction. Yet, the Yale professor argues that policy-makers underestimate (at their peril) the role that group identification plays in shaping human behavior. They also overlook the fact that the identities that matter most are not national but ethnic, regional, religious, sectarian, or clan-based (reads in 10-12 min).
Published in Weekly selection 23 June 2018