Just as the Review and the political science profession in general failed to anticipate the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1980s, the Review before
1914 conveyed little sense that a cataclysmic world war was imminent. The
journal did publish an article on the Balkans (Harris 1913), but it did
not focus on the larger power transitions taking place in Europe until
publication of a rather realist analysis of “The Causes of the Great
War” after World War I had begun (Turner 1915). In this same time
period, the Review was filled with articles putting a favorable
emphasis on international law as a means toward peace.
So what are we economists missing now? Hat tip to Dan Drezner.