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Date

Mar 19 2024
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Time

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Book Talk: Death, Domination, and State-Building

The Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies presents:

Book Talk: Death, Domination, and State-Building: The US in Iraq and the Future of American Military Intervention

Event Details:

Tuesday, March 19, 2024
12pm-2pm
Room 1302, International Affairs Building

Moderated by Jack Snyder, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Relations, Department of Political Science, Columbia University

With Roger Petersen, Author, Death, Domination, and State-Building: The US in Iraq and the Future of American Miltiary Intervention; Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science, MIT

In Death, Dominance, and State-Building, the eminent scholar of conflict Roger D. Petersen provides the first comprehensive analytic history of post-invasion Iraq. Although the war is almost universally derided as one of the biggest foreign policy blunders of the post-Cold War era, Petersen argues that the course and conduct of the conflict is poorly understood. He begins by outlining an accessible framework for analyzing complex, fluid, and violent internal conflicts. He then applies that framework to a variety of diverse case studies to break down the strategic interplay among the US military forces and Shia and Sunni insurgent organizations as it played out in Baghdad, Anbar, and Hawija. Highlighting the struggle for dominance between Shia and Sunni in Baghdad, Petersen offers a reconsideration of the Surge. He also addresses failures of state-building in Iraqi Kurdistan. Critically, he shows how the legacy of the US occupation and presence from 2003-2011 shaped Iraq’s political and security contours from 2011-2023.

About the author:

Roger Petersen holds BA, MA, and PhD degrees from the University of Chicago. He has taught at MIT since 2001 and is the Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science. Petersen focuses on within-state conflict and violence. He has written four books: Resistance and Rebellion: Lessons from Eastern Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2001), Understanding Ethnic Violence: Fear, Hatred, Resentment in Twentieth Century Eastern Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2002), Western Intervention in the Balkans: The Strategic Use of Emotion in Conflict (Cambridge University Press, 2011), and “Death, Domination, and State-Building: The US in Iraq and the Future of American Military Intervention, (Oxford University Press, 2024).” He has taught classes on military intervention, civil war, civil-military relations, and emotions in politics, as well as classes focusing on regional conflicts in the Balkans and the Middle East.

 

Event Contact Information:
Ashwini Sivaganesh
212-854-4616
as6773@columbia.edu
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