The latest Development Drums features Todd Moss, a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development and a bestselling fiction author.

Todd’s books feature Judd Ryker, an analyst working in the US State Department. Todd swears that the character of Ryker is not autobiographical, even though Todd is himself a former senior State Department official who led America’s response to coups and crises in West Africa.

In Development Drums, Todd explains why he uses fiction to explore the way that US foreign policy is made, and the attitudes of westerners towards developing countries. He also talks about whether US government response to coups and political crises really are like he describes in his books.

You can listen to the podcast on the Development Drums website, on iTunes, on Stitcher,  or wherever you find good podcasts. And, of course, it is free.

Podcasts are undergoing a renaissance – so if you have never listened to a podcast before, perhaps you should give it a go.

Published by Owen Barder

Owen is Senior Fellow and Director for Europe at the Center for Global Development and a Visiting Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics. Owen was a civil servant for a quarter of a century, working in Number 10, the Treasury and the Department for International Development. Owen hosts the Development Drums podcast, and is the author Running for Fitness, the book and website. Owen is on Twitter and

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