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Kimberly Marten Book Launch

Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Columbia University, Morningside Campus, International Affairs Building, Room 1512
The Harriman Institute, Columbia University Professor Kimberly Marten, Acting Director of the Harriman Institute, will make a short presentation of her new book Warlords: Strong-Arm Brokers and Weak States (Cornell University Press), to be followed by a question-and-answer session. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Drawing on interviews, documents, local press reports, and in-depth historical analysis, Marten examines warlordism in the Pakistani tribal areas during the twentieth century, in post-Soviet Georgia and the Russian republic of Chechnya, and among Sunni militias in the U.S.-supported Anbar Awakening and Sons of Iraq programs. In each case state leaders (some domestic and others foreign) created, tolerated, actively supported, undermined, or overthrew warlords and their militias. Marten draws lessons from these experiences to generate new arguments about the relationship between states, sovereignty, "local power brokers," and stability and security in the modern world. Co-sponsored by the Saltzman Institute of War & Peace Studies
Categories: Academic