Given my own (past, all in the past) propensity to find danger in developing places, I was drawn to this Boston Review Forum on Development in Dangerous Places, in which
- Paul Collier proposes the rich countries do more military interventions to guarantee the legitimacy of elections in poor countries
- Ted Miguel pushes back and offers some optimism on African growth
- Bill Easterly tries to tear Collier’s work to shreds
- Nancy Birdsall brings out the very best in Collier’s premise and offers some reasonable alternatives to his military recommendations
- Other people whom I haven’t met write stuff
- Collier defends himself to Easterly
I completely recommend it all, and especially Nancy Birdsall’s comments.