Stephen B. Kaplan PhD

George Washington University

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I am an associate professor of political science and international affairs in the Department of Political Science at George Washington University, and a current global fellow at the Wilson Center.  

 

My research and teaching interests are on the frontiers of international and comparative political economy, where I specialize in the political economy of global finance and development, the politics of macroeconomic policy-making, Chinese foreign economic policy, and Latin American politics.

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Forthcoming

How does China leverage state-to-state loans to develop economic and political relations? Latin American loans lack conditionality and offer long-term risk-tolerant terms, in other words, patient! The "anti-Washington Consensus"?

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Commentary

China and Russia are Venezuela’s two main bilateral creditors, accounting for one-quarter of the nation’s foreign debt. To what extent do these nations share geopolitical ends in the Western Hemisphere? Or might their financial ties reflect divergent foreign economic policy approaches? 

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Research
Articles 

Political economy theory expects politicians to use budget deficits to engineer an election-timed boom, known as the political business cycle. We challenge and contextualize this view by incorporating global financial constraints faced by national governments into an electoral framework. 

Policy-Relevant
Articles 

How has China’s foreign policy towards Venezuela changed in the last few years? Is this about debt-trap diplomacy, or a more nuanced credit-trap dilemma?


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