Long Weekend Reading

Ashby Monk

It’s July 4th weekend here in the US of A, which means it’ll be BBQs, ‘cold drinks’ and airborne explosive pyrotechnic devices (aka: “fireworks”) nonstop for three days.

What this means, however, is that if I’m actually going get any Americans to read academic papers this weekend, they have to be awesome. Or at the very least, they have to sound awesome. So without further ado, here are three ‘awesome-sounding academic papers’. Enjoy.

First, Simon Chesterman has a paper entitled “Lawyers, Guns, and Money: The Governance of Business Activities in Conflict Zones.” (It’s not strictly on SWFs per se, but SWFs do come up once or twice…and you have to admit the title is pretty awesome.)

Second, Randall Newham has a paper entitled “Oil, carrots, and sticks: Russia’s energy resources as a foreign policy tool.” Sounds quite awesome.

And, finally, an oldie but goodie: “‘Sleeping with the Enemy’ or ‘An Ounce of Prevention’: Sovereign Wealth Fund Investments and Market Destabilization” by April Knill, Bong Soo Lee and Nathan Mauck. Again, awesome.

As a bonus, I’ll include the most provocatively titled (absolutely legitimate) academic paper I have ever seen. (So provocative, in fact, I don’t even want to write the title here.)

If those papers can’t tear you away from your croquet tournament, then nothing can. Enjoy your long weekend! Be back on Tuesday.

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This website is a project of Professor Gordon L. Clark and Dr. Ashby Monk of the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. Their research on sovereign wealth funds is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and The Rotman International Centre for Pension Management.

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