April 10, 2017

Mic Check with Dan Drezner

Mic Check with Washington Post columnist Dan Drezner – don't miss him at the Council on April 13 discussing how political polarization and heightened inequality have converged to create a new intellectual class.

What is the best book/essay/article about a global issue or foreign policy you’ve read this year and why?

Jan-Werner Müller’s What Is Populism? I found it to be a very elegant formulation of what populism is and isn't, and the ways that non-populists need to cope with populists.

Who would you most want to debate on stage/over dinner/on a panel/via Twitter?

Steve Bannon. He's clearly not a stupid guy, but I've never encountered someone who holds views so alien to my understanding of America and American foreign policy.

What is one thing our audience might find surprising about you?

I think the greatest television how in history was Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

What one piece of advice would you offer to those interested in a career in global affairs or your field?

Learn how to hold your liquor. More seriously, read as much economic history as humanly possible.

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