People visit the site of explosion in the Pakistani tribal area of Khyber near Peshawar, Pakistan, Jan 10, 2012. A bomb targeting a militia opposed to the Pakistani Taliban exploded in a market close to the Afghan border, killing many people.
The Spread of Violent Civil Conflict: Rare, State-Driven, and Preventable
Brown Bag Lunch
Series: International Security Brown Bag Seminar
Open to the Public - Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369
May 10, 2012
|Speaker:||Nathan Black, Research Fellow, International Security Program|
Related Project: International Security
Since the end of World War II, many U.S. military interventions in developing world civil conflicts have been motivated, in part, by a fear that if a given conflict is not stopped early, it may spread across borders later and destabilize an entire region. In this seminar, the speaker will explore the true frequency with which violent civil conflicts spread across borders and discuss why conflicts spread in some cases but not others. In brief, the speaker will argue that conflict is unlikely to spread across borders without the deliberate intervention of sovereign state actors, making this phenomenon of "contagion" less common, more state-driven, and more preventable than the current conventional wisdom holds.
Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.
ISP Program Coordinator
International Security Program, 79 John F. Kennedy St., Mailbox 53, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
HARVARD Kennedy School