Raj M. Desai

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Raj M. Desai is Associate Professor of International Development at Walsh School of Foreign Service and the Department of Government at Georgetown University, and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. His research focuses on the problems of social policy and economic reform, state fragility, foreign aid, and international development. He was previously a private sector development specialist at the World Bank. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from Harvard University, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow, and his B.A. from the University of California, Irvine.

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Foreign Policy Essay

Fear and Loathing in the Global Middle Class

Editor’s Note: The lifting of billions of humans out of poverty is one of the great achievements of our age and should be celebrated. However, this shift at times increases the chances of civil strife and other serious problems. My Brookings and Georgetown colleague (a two-fer!) Raj Desai assesses the rise of a global middle class and the many risks of instability it brings.

Daniel Byman

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