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Edward Luttwak

Edward Nicolae Luttwak (born 1942) is an economist and historian known for his many publications on military strategy and international relations.

He was born Arad, Romania, and later attended the London School of Economics and John Hopkins University, where he received a doctorate. His first academic post was at the University of Bath. As of 2004, he is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.

He is a frequent lecturer and consultant, and has developed a reputation for offbeat proposals intended to provoke thought, for instance suggesting that major powers' attempts to quell regional wars actually make the wars more intense. His book Coup d'etat is perhaps his best-known work; it has been reprinted numerous times, and translated into 14 languages.


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