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Seth Kaplan

Seth Kaplan

Dr. Seth D. Kaplan is a Professorial Lecturer in the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, Senior Adviser for the Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT), and consultant to organizations such as the World Bank, USAID, State Department, and OECD. He teaches, writes, and consults on issues related to fragile states, governance, and development. He is the author of Fixing Fragile States: A New Paradigm for Development (Praeger Security International, 2008) and Betrayed: Politics, Power, and Prosperity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). A Wharton MBA and Palmer scholar, Seth has worked for several large multinationals and founded four companies. He speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese and Japanese.

Building inclusive societies in fragile states

A major reason why less developed countries fail to develop is the structural exclusion of large segments of their population from their economic, social and political development. In my estimation, roughly three billion people—one out of every two in the developing world—face discrimination in how their governments and markets work. This institutional bias has a dramatic impact on access to education, security and the rule of law, and to opportunities to advance.

What a narrow focus on social contracts misses

International development organizations often make the social contract and state-society relationship a prominent part of their aid efforts. A case in point was the three-day…

Predictions on the G7+ process

Guestblogger Seth Kaplan’s second blog post on the rise of the g7+ group of 18 fragile and conflict-affected states

G7+: breaking from how things are done

In this two-fold post, guestblogger Seth Kaplan discusses perspectives on the g7+ processes since the endorsement of the New Deal by fragile states. In this…

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