Zuhad Hai is a PhD student in political science. He is interested in international political economy, particularly the politics of technological change, specialization and comparative advantage. He holds a BA in mathematics and economics from Grinnell College and an MA in international relations from the University of Chicago. Prior to Stanford he worked as a research assistant at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
How does the state deal with specialists in violence after their raison-detre loses salience? In this project, we want to explore the reintegration of specialists in violence into mainstream society. We expect that experience in the military might lead to a concurrent ability to enforce contracts in a weak legal system. We therefore predict that violence specialists may be best suited towards commercial reintegration in markets and industries that are contract intensive. We intend to study this demilitarization of elites in the historical context of Ottoman Anatolia and Egypt.
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