Seth Kaplan
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Consultant and Writer
Fragile States Resource Center
What are your interests and areas of expertise in international relations?
Aid, Business, Cities, Democracy, Development, Economy, Globalization, Governance, Poverty, Religion, Technology, Trade
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Seth Kaplan is a Professorial Lecturer in the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of Fixing Fragile States: A New Paradigm for Development (Praeger Security International, 2008) and a forthcoming book on poverty and state governance. He founded and edits the Fragile States Resource Center website. A Wharton MBA and Palmer scholar, Seth has worked for several multinationals and founded four companies. He speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese and Japanese.

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New Book on Poverty and Development in Fragile States

Posted on May 5, 2014 at 12:49pm 0 Comments

I am pleased to announce the publication of my new book on fragile states — Betrayed: Politics, Power and Prosperity (Palgrave Macmillan). The book focuses on the biggest challenges in the development field today: how to…


Can Cities Change the Politics of Fragile States?

Posted on December 15, 2013 at 9:49pm 0 Comments

Discussions about how to fix fragile states usually start and end with national level politics and institutions. But what if the key to improving their condition lies…


Seven Scenarios for the Future of Syria

Posted on September 3, 2013 at 9:40pm 3 Comments

As the war in Syria drags on, it is becoming ever more vicious. Militias kill hundreds of civilians, ethnic cleansing large swaths of the…


Are the G7+ and Donors Heading for a Clash?

Posted on June 26, 2013 at 8:43pm 0 Comments

The g7+ group of 18 fragile and conflict-affected states has joined together to share experiences and promote a new development framework in what are the most difficult of circumstances. Supported by the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding, the…


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Ethics in Business: In Their Own Words, with Pendal's Emilio Gonzalez

Emilio Gonzalez, group CEO at Pendal in Australia, speaks about the role of ethics in global investment management. He discusses his organization's charitable work, its innovative "contribution leave" policy, how to engage with new technology, like AI, in a thoughtful way, and much more.

International Migrants in China's Global City, with James Farrer

Is China becoming an immigrant society? Why do foreigners move to the country? What can we learn by studying Shanghai's international community? James Farrer, a professor at Tokyo's Sophia University, has interviewed over 400 migrants to China looking to answer these questions. He and Senior Fellow Devin Stewart discuss immigration's impact on Chinese culture and whether foreigners can ever really fit in.

The Crack-Up: Eugene Debs & the Origins of Socialism in the U.S., with Maurice Isserman

Hamilton College's Maurice Isserman and historian Ted Widmer discuss American socialism in the early 1900s and the influence of Eugene Debs, a politician and trade unionist who received nearly a million votes for president in 1912. How did this movement influence Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement? What's the difference between Debs and Democratic Socialists like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?





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