War & Society Working Group

Past Events

Past Speakers

"Rent and Repression in Peacekeeper-Contributing Countries" presented by Prof. Jon Caverley (US Naval War College)
Friday,  November 17, 2017,  12:00 PM - 1:30 PM   | Scott Hall

"Is India Shifting to a Nuclear Counterforce Strategy?"* Presented by Prof. Vipin Narang – MIT
Monday,  May 22, 2017,  1:30 PM - 3:00 PM   | Scott Hall

"Robust Discourse and the Objects of Legitimation: Framing International Intervention in the Syrian Civil War, 2011-2016"
Monday,  April 3, 2017,  12:00 PM - 1:30 PM   | Scott Hall

"The Ways of War: Constructing a Compellence Strategy" (Lt Col, U.S. Air Force) Prof. Mike Fowler – U.S. Air Force Academy
Friday,  March 31, 2017,  12:00 PM - 1:30 PM  

"To Which Victor Go the Spoils? Strategies of Insurgent Dominance Before, During, and After Regime Change" Presentation by Prof. Peter Krause – Boston College
Monday,  February 27, 2017,  12:00 PM - 1:30 PM   | Scott Hall

"Rethinking Approval and Audience Costs" Presentation by Prof. Sarah Croco – Univ. of Maryland
Monday,  January 30, 2017,  12:00 PM - 1:30 PM   | Scott Hall

"Arctic Shock: Utilizing the Exogenous Shock of Climate Change to Test Competing Theories of Resource Competition." Guest Presentation by Professor Jonathan Markowitz - USC
Monday,  November 7, 2016,  12:00 PM - 1:30 PM   | 1902 Sheridan Road

War & Society Working Group: Guest Presentation by Professor Katharina Coleman
Monday,  October 17, 2016,  12:00 PM - 1:30 PM   | Scott Hall

Dr. John T. Farquhar, US Air Force Academy- "Airpower and Irregular War: A Battle of Ideas"
Wednesday,  May 25, 2016,  12:00 PM - 1:30 PM   | Norris University Center

Dan Lindley, University of Notre Dame- "Do New Weapons Cause War?"
Monday,  May 9, 2016,  12:00 PM - 1:30 PM   | John Evans Center

Caitlin Talmadge, George Washington University- "Civil-Military Pathologies and Defeat in War: Tests from New Data"
Monday,  April 4, 2016,  12:00 PM - 1:30 PM  

Yuri Zhukov, University of Michigan, "External Resources and Indiscriminate Violence: Evidence from German-Occupied Belarus"
Monday,  February 22, 2016,  12:00 PM - 1:30 PM  

Sebastian Rosato, University of Notre Dame, "Arms Policies and Great Power Intentions"
Monday,  January 11, 2016,  1:00 PM - 2:30 PM   | Scott Hall

Past Workshops

2012 Workshop: Fragmented Forces

In March 2012, we a workshop titled Fragmented Forces: Warlords and Militias in Fragile and Failing States. The workshiop was intended to highlight how contemporary failed or fragile states have tried to create a monopoly of force in the wake of internal and/or external conflicts. More specifically the workshop examined how central actors have tried to forge a national security apparatus in divided societies.

The participants highlighted the diversity of strategies that central governments use or have used to try to redress the problem of fragmented armed forces. Such strategies might include a tacit agreement between the central government and local power brokers regarding their spheres of influence; training of a national army or police force; side payments to warlords and militias to induce them to lay down their arms; incorporation of such warlords into the national army, etc. 

  • Ariel Ahram (University of Oklahoma)
  • Nora Bensahel (Center for a New American Security)
  • Steven Grenier (National Defense University)
  • Kim Marten (Barnard College, Columbia University)
  • Dipali Mukhopadhyay (Princeton University)
  • Sandrine Perrot (Sciences Po, France)
  • Ian Spears (University of Guelph)
  • Aidan Winn (RAND)

Northwestern participants included such notables: Christopher Day, Miklos Gosztonyi, Romain Malejacq, Hendrik Spruyt, and Will Reno.