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University of California, Los Angeles
economic interdependence, international trade, military conflict, international security, foreign policy, business interest groups, economic elites, petro-states, oil dependence
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About Me

My research examines the relationship between international commerce and interstate relations — particularly militarized disputes and war. I do so by analyzing whether the degree of business power on foreign policy making determines if bilateral trade will reduce the probability of international conflict.

In the process of conducting this investigation, I have spent considerable time in Colombia and Venezuela  interviewing business and political elites.

I am also developing a paper on the aggressiveness of petro-states that demonstrates how the lack of private sector influence in oil dependent states reduces the commercial incentives towards peace.

Recent Publications

My recent working papers can be found at:

Media Coverage

I occasionally blog my research at:

Last year, I gave a non-academic talk of my research. I can be viewed here:

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