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The ancient dilemma: good coup, bad coup

Amidst all the nationalisation and money printing, fiscal policy now regularly sees previously unthinkable measures. Might the same become true of foreign policy? Two seemingly out-of-bounds ideas peek through our opinions section this month, from Harvard’s Monica Toft and from Oxford’s Paul Collier.

Toft is one of the world’s leading experts on civil wars. In the aftermath of the minor resurgence of violence in Northern Ireland—and the current rumblings in Sri Lanka, Sudan and Iraq—we…

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