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War Finance & Democratic Accountability | Sarah Kreps

By Present Value Podcast

Sarah Kreps breaks down the history of U.S. war finance, from the Revolutionary War up through modern engagements such as Iraq and Afghanistan. Central to her analysis is the idea of democratic accountability, or to what extent political leaders are held responsible for the use of force. She argues that more recent war financing methods have lessened democratic accountability relative to earlier periods in U.S. history. She also explores the role of technology in international affairs, particularly the rise of social media and fake news.  Sarah Kreps is a Professor of Government and Adjunct Professor of Law at Cornell University. In 2017-2018, she is an Adjunct Scholar at the Modern War Institute (West Point). She is also a Faculty Fellow in the Milstein Program in Technology and Humanity at the Cornell Tech Campus in New York City. Dr. Kreps has held fellowships at the Council on Foreign Relations (and is a life member), Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and the University of Virginia’s Miller Center for Public Affairs. She has a BA from Harvard, MSc from Oxford, and a PhD from Georgetown. Between 1999-2003, she served on active duty in the United States Air Force. Links from the Episode at presentvaluepodcast.com Faculty Profile: Sarah Kreps - The Department of Government

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