War & Society Working Group

Past Events

Past Speakers

October 26, 2015: Sarah Bush, Temple University, “The Politics of Rating Freedom”

November 16, 2015: Heidi Hardt, University of California-Irvine, “How NATO Remembers: An Experimental Study of Institutional Memory”

November 23, 2015: Roland Marchal, Sciences Po Paris, “The Paris Terrorist Attacks and their Aftermath: An In-Depth Analysis”

January 11, 2016: Sebastian Rosato, University of Notre Dame, “Arms Policies and Great Power Intentions”

February 22, 2016: Yuri Zhukov, University of Michigan, “External Resources and Indiscriminate Violence”

April 4, 2016: Caitlin Talmadge, George Washington University, “Civil-Military Pathologies and Defeat in War: Tests from New Data”

May 9, 2016: Dan Lindley, University of Notre Dame, “Do New Weapons Cause War?”

May 25, 2016: John T. Farquhar, United States Air Force Academy, “Airpower and Irregular War: A Battle of Ideas”

October 17, 2016: Katharina Coleman, University of British Columbia, "Peacekeeping for Profit? The Scope and Limits of “Mercenary” UN Peacekeeping"

November 7, 2016: Jonathan Markowitz, University of Southern California, "Arctic Shock: Utilizing the Exogenous Shock of Climate Change to Test Competing Theories of Resource Competition"

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.