Game Theoretic Modeling of Social Capital

As someone who has lived in three major U.S. cities and one European city, I can tell you that there is wide variation in the societal fabric that holds large metropolitan areas together, or, broadly speaking, social capital.  Going along those stereotypes, San Franciscans are generally nice to everyone because who knows if you are…

A Game Theory Explanation of the Anti-Trump Movement

Recently, Mitt Romney encouraged Republican voters to not vote for their first choice candidate, but to vote for the candidate that has the best chance of beating Trump in their given state.  This suggestion prompted some outrage that the Republican establishment was telling voters how to vote.  A more precise point to make is that…

Would the threat of force have changed the Iran deal?

Several foreign policy commentators have criticized President Obama for not leveraging the US’s military muscles while negotiating the Iran deal.  New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, a man I find quite insightful even if I sometimes disagree with him, is one credible example (here and here).  But would the threat of force really have changed…

Grexit and the Battle of the Ordered Preferences

The growing Greek debt crisis has been top of the news recently following missed IMF payments, a domestic referendum, and tense international negotiations within the European Union.  Now that the dust is settling (at least for now), I would like to point out how international relations theory can illuminate why the Greek debt crisis is…