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Colin H. Kahl



From January 2005 to August 2006, Professor Kahl was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow conducting research on Law of War issues at the U.S. Department of Defense. As part of this project, he conducted research in Baghdad in July 2006. He has published articles on Iraq in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and International Security. Professor Kahl's previous research analyzed the causes and consequences of violent civil and ethnic conflict in developing countries. His book on the subject, States, Scarcity and Civil Strife in the Developing World, was published by Princeton University Press in March 2006, and related articles have appeared in International Security and the Journal of International Affairs. Professor Kahl is a regular consultant for the Department of Defense on issues related to stability operations and counterinsurgency, and he has been a consultant for the U.S. Government's Political Instability Task Force (formerly the State Failure Task Force) since 1999. In 1997-1998, he was a National Security Fellow at the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University. He received his BA in political science from the University of Michigan in 1993, and his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2000.

His main research interests include: Iraq, Law of War, causes of civil and ethnic conflict, terrorism, and American foreign policy.



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Summer 2007

"In the Crossfire or the Crosshairs?"

Journal Article, International Security, issue 1, volume 32

By Colin H. Kahl

A careful assessment of the level of Iraqi civilian casualties, U.S. military conduct during insurgency operations, and its responses to instances of noncompliance demonstrates that the military has complied with the norm of noncombatant immunity much more than critics assert.



Fall 1998

"Population Growth, Environmental Degradation, and State-Sponsored Violence: The Case of Kenya, 1991-93"

Journal Article, International Security, issue 2, volume 23

By Colin H. Kahl

The author examines the influence of demographic and environmental stress on the outbreak of civil strife in developing countries.

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