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Looking Back on Three Years of ‘Measured Response’

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Editor’s note: This will be Ellen Laipson’s final weekly column for World Politics Review. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Ellen for the thoughtful and lucid analysis she has offered WPR readers each week for the past three years. Ellen will continue writing regular briefings for WPR.

As my three years as a weekly columnist for World Politics Review come to an end, I’d like to reflect on the experience, from the practical challenges of being a columnist to the topics I’ve considered and returned to from time to time. Editor-in-Chief Judah Grunstein came up with the title for my column, Measured Response. (Until recently, WPR columns had their own standalone names). It was useful to have Judah figure out where my particular analytical voice fit, and I found the title well-suited to me. I had spent my 25 years of government service mainly in positions where the careful, objective treatment of issues was expected. ...

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