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2009-10 Conferences

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  1. Hybrid Warfare: The Struggle of Military Forces to Adapt to Complex Opponents

    Mansoor, Peter
    Hybrid warfare, a combination of conventional and irregular forces fighting against a common foe, has been an integral part of the historical landscape since the ancient world, but these conflicts have only recently been categorized as a unique type of conflict. Informed defense analysts believe that hybrid wars are the most likely conflicts in the 21st century. An historical examination of hybrid wars will help to illuminate the various aspects of these conflicts, how great powers have dealt with them, and potential prospects for the future of these types of wars. The United States is currently engaged in extended counterinsurgency...

  2. Pacts and Alliances: Why They Succeed, Why They Fail, and Why We Should Care

    Carter, Charles; Crain, Anthony; Fink, Carole
    This conference brings together scholars and advanced graduate students to explore pacts and alliances, the mechanics of which have shaped history in fundamental ways, but whose presence has most often been ignored, taken for granted, and clearly understudied. Although sometimes pointing out reasons why a particular pact or alliance failed or succeeded in achieving its goals, historians largely have failed to say anything broader about the requisites necessary for the successful implementation of alliances. Drawing on both the nuanced work of historians and the structural expertise of social scientists, this conference aims to draw broad conclusions about the inner workings...

  3. Making Sense in Afghanistan: Interaction and Uncertainty in International Interventions

    Mills, Margaret; Noyes, Dorothy
    The counterinsurgency doctrine set forth in U.S. Army-Marine Field Manual 3-24 has prompted continual debate since its 2006 publication. The manual prescribes a focus on the civilian population rather than combatants, with stabilization and nation-building deemed central to the defeat of insurgencies. The manual has received extensive media coverage in the United States, influenced parallel efforts among allied militaries, and been elaborated and extended in the broader reshaping of U.S. military operations. Leaders both political and military disagree on the viability of the approach, whether it serves the national interest, and whether it strengthens or weakens the military as an...

  4. Human Rights: Confronting Images and Testimonies

    Hamilton, Ann; Hesford, Wendy; Shuman, Amy
    This conference begins with the question "What is Evidence?" Art offers a lens through which we come to recognize the politics of power and abuse. Human Rights: Confronting Images and Testimonies brings together artists, activists, and scholars who will discuss their work in the context of human rights as it transforms the raw material of individual and collective suffering into legible and convincing data, confrontational imagery, and testimony. This conference will begin on Thursday, March 4, at 4 p.m. with a presentation by artist activist Coco Fusco. It will conclude with the collaborative project Combatant Status Review Tribunals, pp. 002954-0034064:...

  5. The Cold War in the Third World

    McMahon, Robert
    The first generation of Cold War scholarship was overwhelmingly Eurocentric, concentrating on the Soviet-American confrontation in the heart of Europe while paying but cursory attention to non-Western areas. In recent years, that imbalance has been righted as most scholars now recognize that the Cold War was a truly global phenomenon in which the Third World served as a critical theater and in which non-Western actors played a large and substantive role. The emergence of the Third World, together with the bloody, conflict-ridden process of decolonization that brought it forth, not only coincided temporally with the Cold War but was inextricably...

  6. West Africa and the U.S. 'War on Terror'

    Kalu, Kelechi; Joseph, Laura
    Since September 11, heightened security attention has focused on West Africa. The vast geographical expanse of the Sahel, with its relatively small governmental infrastructure, makes the region an appealing base for terrorist groups. One example is the oil-producing Niger-Delta zone of Nigeria. This area continues to show increasing vulnerability as a failed state, making it a target location to organize and train Islamic militants. To address such issues, the United States launched a $500 million Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Initiative, which seeks to boost the military capacity of selected West African nations and counter the security threats posed by terrorists. The establishment...

  7. The Transformative Election of 2008

    Weisberg, Herb
    This conference will examine the 2008 presidential campaign and election, analyzing the foreign and military policy debates as well as the voting trends that remade the image of the U.S. abroad. The 2008 U.S. presidential election took place against the backdrop of the continuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as a domestic financial crisis. The two major-party candidates secured their nominations in large part because of their stances on the wars. Discussion of foreign and military policies became paramount throughout the campaign. Few disputed that America's popularity abroad had declined during the George W. Bush years. This conference...

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