War & Society Working Group

Past Events

Past Speakers

Political Authority After Civil War: The Peacebuilder's Dilemma - Scott Straus
Friday,  November 16, 2018,  12:00 PM - 1:30 PM   | Kresge Hall

Scott Straus: "Political Authority After Civil War: The Peacebuilder's Dilemma"
Friday,  November 16, 2018,  12:00 PM - 1:30 PM   | Kresge Hall

Daniel Immerwahr (NU, History): "Bases as Borderlands: Sony, the Beatles, and Osama bin Laden as Products of the U.S. Basing System"
Friday,  September 28, 2018,  12:00 PM - 1:30 PM   | Scott Hall

**CANCELLED**"Cheap Talk or Costly Commitment? Leader Statements and the Implementation of Civil War Peace Agreements" by Alyssa K. Prorok – Univ. of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)
Friday,  April 27, 2018,  12:00 PM - 1:30 PM   | Scott Hall

"Toward a Criminology of Genocide" by Professor Hollie Nyseth Brehm (The Ohio State University)
Friday,  April 20, 2018,  12:00 PM - 1:30 PM   | Scott Hall

"Post-Conflict Re-integration of Rebel Militaries and the Durable Peace" by Prof. Matt Martin (PhD, Major, US Air Force), US Air Force Academy
Friday,  April 6, 2018,  12:00 PM - 1:30 PM   | Scott Hall

"Intent, Intentionality and the (il)Legitimacy of the Rwandan Patriotic Front in 1994," by Prof. Davenport [University of Michigan] (Co-sponsored with CHSS Working Group)
Friday,  February 23, 2018,  3:00 PM - 4:30 PM   | 1902 Sheridan Road

"Not Just a War Theory" Ben Valentino – Dartmouth College (Cosponsored with IR Speaker Series)
Friday,  February 2, 2018,  12:00 PM - 1:30 PM  

"Nation building: Why some countries come together while others fall apart." Prof. Andreas Wimmer – Columbia University (Cosponsored with CHSS Workshop)
Friday,  January 26, 2018,  3:00 PM - 4:30 PM   | 1902 Sheridan Road

"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

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.