Michael Spagat is Professor of Macroeconomics, Development and Finance at Royal Holloway, University of London's Department of Economics. He has a PhD in Economics from Harvard and a BA in Economics and Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences from Northwestern. He has held research/teaching posts at the University of Illinois, Brown University, the New Economic School in Moscow, and theInstitute of Economics of the Academia Sinica. He is a research fellow of the CEPR, the Davidson Institute and the Households in Conflict Network. He is writing a book entitled “Conflict Analysis” and likely to write a book on conflict mortality in Iraq.