This book grew out of a presentation I gave at a ceremony for the establishment of the Henry J. Leir Chair in International Humanitarian Studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. I am greatly indebted to Mr. Leir and the people who manage his estate for creating a position devoted to exploring the sort of interdisciplinary linkages I deal with here. More generally, I cannot think of a better home for this enterprise than the Fletcher School, with its presence of stimulating, engaged, and experienced colleagues and students. An early discussion of the ideas contained in this book received excellent feedback from Ellen Lutz, Ian Johnstone, and Ellen Messer, for example—it is impossible not to do well with colleagues like those! And there are others, whose names I cannot put down here and who will consequently and rightfully reproach me for years for their non-inclusion. And then there are the students. I could wax lyrically about Fletcher students for hours, but let me synthesize that by stating that there is no doubt that their consistent engagement, their experience, and their openness all created an atmosphere of great intellectual stimulation for me. Many of the ideas in this book were discussed in a seminar I twice taught, and I can only hope they learned half as much from me as I learned from them. One student must be singled out, for he worked closely with me and provided me with amazing amounts of insight and critical feedback: Craig Cohen. At an age when I was still more concerned with acne, Craig already shows great wisdom and kindness.
I received early and encouraging comments on this project from André Frankovits, Sue Unsworth, Guy Bentham, and Alex de Waal. I thank them very much for their kindness and intelligence. Later on, I received detailed comments from Norah Niland—a person I thanked in my previous book as well. Like a Latin American country in relation to the World Bank, no matter what I do to repay her, my debt to her only continues growing over the years.