War & Society Working Group

Past Events

Past Speakers

May 22, 2017: Vipin Narang, MIT, Is India Shifting to a Nuclear Counterforce Strategy?

April 3, 2017: Eric Schoon, Ohio State University, Robust Discourse and the Objects of Legitimation: Framing International Intervention in the Syrian Civil War, 2011-2016

March 31, 2017: Lt. Col. Mike Fowler, U.S. Air Force Academy, The Ways of War: Constructing a Compellence Strategy

February 27, 2017: Peter Krause, Boston College, To Which Victor Go the Spoils? Strategies of Insurgent Dominance Before, During, and After Regime Change

January 30, 2017: Sarah Croco, University of Maryland, Rethinking Approval and Audience Costs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.