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Jagdish Bhagwati reflects on a combative career

In theory, Jagdish N. Bhagwati is spending a peaceful semester away from teaching and public life. He's ensconced in a quiet, spare office at the Council on Foreign Relations, working on a book about global institutions, trying to avoid distractions.

But on the morning of March 6, Mr. Bhagwati's telephone was ringing off the hook, and the callers were expecting red meat.

First The Wall Street Journal; then a Boston