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Monica Duffy Toft

Monica Duffy Toft

Former Associate Professor of Public Policy; Former Board Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Former Director, Initiative on Religion and International Affairs.

 

 

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2006 (continued)

September 6, 2006

"Strategic and Military Planning under the Fog of Peace"

Book Chapter

By Monica Duffy Toft, Former Associate Professor of Public Policy; Former Board Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Former Director, Initiative on Religion and International Affairs. and Talbot C. Imlay

"...in their scope and diversity, the cases provide an excellent overview of the challenges confronting military planners over the last two hundred years."

 

 

September 6, 2006

"Conclusion: Seven Lessons Learned from the Fog of Peace"

Book Chapter

By Talbot C. Imlay and Monica Duffy Toft, Former Associate Professor of Public Policy; Former Board Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Former Director, Initiative on Religion and International Affairs.

"...the fog of peace can never be entirely pierced. Flexibility and constant cultivation of the ability to question received wisdom and to reconsider assumptions are the best security against catastrophic failure in a future war, regardless of whether that war resembles a more traditional interstate war or the current war on terror."

 

 

September 2006

The Fog of Peace and War Planning: Military and Strategic Planning under Uncertainty

Book

By Talbot C. Imlay and Monica Duffy Toft, Former Associate Professor of Public Policy; Former Board Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Former Director, Initiative on Religion and International Affairs.

This volume sets out to examine and analyse how governments and military organizations planned for an uncertain and potentially threatening future during four different peacetime periods spanning from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the aftermath of the Second World War.

 

 

August 20, 2006

"Religion's Flame Burns Brighter Than Ever"

Op-Ed, Baltimore Sun

By Timothy Samuel Shah and Monica Duffy Toft, Former Associate Professor of Public Policy; Former Board Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Former Director, Initiative on Religion and International Affairs.

What happened to the world's transition to secularism?

 

 

July 2006

"Religion, Civil War, and International Order"

Discussion Paper

By Monica Duffy Toft, Former Associate Professor of Public Policy; Former Board Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Former Director, Initiative on Religion and International Affairs.

This article addresses the question of why religion becomes a central issue in some civil wars whereas in others—even many of those whose primary combatants identify strongly with a particular religion—it has not.

 

 

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July / August 2006

"Why God is Winning"

Magazine or Newspaper Article, Foreign Policy

By Timothy Samuel Shah and Monica Duffy Toft, Former Associate Professor of Public Policy; Former Board Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Former Director, Initiative on Religion and International Affairs.

"Religion was supposed to fade away as globalization and freedom spread. Instead, it's booming around the world, often deciding who gets elected. And the divine intervention is just beginning. Democracy is giving people a voice, and more and more, they want to talk about God."

 

 

January 27, 2006

"When Terrorists Go Mainstream"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

By Monica Duffy Toft, Former Associate Professor of Public Policy; Former Board Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Former Director, Initiative on Religion and International Affairs.

"Hamas has historically done much better at providing for the basic needs of Palestinian Arabs than the Palestinian Authority (Fatah). That's why Hamas won...."

 

 

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January-March 2006

"Issue Indivisibility and Time Horizons as Rationalist Explanations for War"

Journal Article, Security Studies, issue 1, volume 15

By Monica Duffy Toft, Former Associate Professor of Public Policy; Former Board Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Former Director, Initiative on Religion and International Affairs.

This paper focuses on two rationalist explanations for war: issue indivisibility and time horizons. It argues that both types of bargaining problems have not only been undertheorized in the international relations literature, but that a non-trivial proportion of the violence witnessed since the end of the Cold War may be explained by these obstacles to non-violent conflict resolution. It uses the case of Russia's two most recent wars in Chechnya.

 

2005

Spring 2005

"Spotlight: Monica Duffy Toft"

Newsletter Article, Belfer Center Newsletter

By Monica Duffy Toft, Former Associate Professor of Public Policy; Former Board Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Former Director, Initiative on Religion and International Affairs.

Why do some groups see violence as necessary, while others do not? This is the question that has motivated Monica Duffy Toft's research on civil war, and it continues to be her central question as an  associate professor of public policy at the Kennedy School and faculty associate of the Belfer Center.

 

2004

October 25, 2004

"'Peace with Honor' in Iraq"

Op-Ed, The Boston Globe

By Monica Duffy Toft, Former Associate Professor of Public Policy; Former Board Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Former Director, Initiative on Religion and International Affairs. and Ivan Arreguin-Toft, Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 2002-2009

"The only other remaining policy option is to expand military service, and if history is any guide, providing security in Iraq will require an army of at least a million soldiers."

 
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