Prof. Christopher J. Coyne


Born Circa 1980


Professor Christopher J. Coyne is a leading economist studying a range of topics under the peace umbrella from militarism and humanitarian aid to trade and political economy. The youngest and most currently active member of the library, Prof. Coyne is also a renowned mentor and teacher. Stay tuned for updates as Prof. Coyne continues publishing and as his recent work becomes available in the public domain.


Essential Thoughts


The characteristics of peace allow people to become who they want to become. — "The Political Economy of Peace"


Those who hold the unconstrained vision seem to be completely unaware that it is the limits on their own reason that contribute to continued failures in foreign interventions. In the face of this total lack of self-awareness, they confidently promise citizens that “this time will be different.” Never do they consider that they lack the means to accomplish the desired ends. Moreover, objections which attempt to highlight potential constraints are dismissed as being “unpatriotic” and “un-American”. — "A Case for Humility"


War-making is a grave threat to liberty because it changes the social fabric of society. It is not something that can be neatly compartmentalized. It is not something that you can just start and stop as you want. — "The Political Economy of Peace"


Because foreign interventions are necessarily simplistic relative to the complex system they seek to shape, negative consequences are unavoidable. Due to the incentives they face, policymakers continually neglect the potential long-term unseen consequences and, instead, focus narrowly on the short-term visible aspects of foreign interventions. They overlook the crucial question – and then what? They simplify the problem situation in a black and white manner—“good” and “bad”—and set out to destroy those in the bad category without asking what happens even if they are successful.  — "A Case for Humility"


Focus must be placed on finding the means to permanently increase the standards of living of the who are the worst off in the world precisely because it is these people who are most likely to suffer from a variety of humanitarian crises. … Economic freedom ... is the best means to achieve the end of raising standards of living and, therefore, of minimizing human suffering. — Doing Bad by Doing Good


Additional Reading and Viewing


"Doing Bad by Doing Good: Why Humanitarian Action Fails" Lecture at the John W. Hammond Institute for Free Enterprise


"The Fatal Conceit of Foreign Intervention" with Prof. Rachel L. Mathers


"Non-Violent Action" with Joshua Ammons


"The Political Economy of War and Peace" with Dr. Adam Pellillo


"The Political Economy of Foreign Intervention" with Prof. Thomas K. Duncan


"U.S. Border Militarization and Foreign Intervention: A Symbiotic Relationship" with Dr. Nathan P. Goodman


Manufacturing Militarism with Prof. Abigail R. Hall