Professor's Resources

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Guide to Methodology for Students of Political Science

Guide to Methodology for Students of Political Science (MIT Stephen Van Evera part one).pdf

Guide to Methodology for Students of Political Science (MIT Stephen Van Evera part two).pdf

Additional Readings from Professor

Only by the Sword: British Conter-insurgency in Iraq, 1920

Village Evacuations & Destructions in Southeast Turkey

part one -

part two -

Journal Articles

State Terror and the Degradation of Politics in Iraq
Isam Al Kafhaji
Middle East Report, No. 176, Iraq in the Aftermath. (May - Jun., 1992), pp. 15-21.

  • modern example of how to build a leninist popular control network in Modern Iraq
  • iraqi case study
  • explores how leninist measures where taken to a frightening personal level
  • includes explanation of how rape was used to compel women to spy on their husbands
  • also analyzes how the sins of an individual are revisited on an entire family.

Other Articles

Interesting article that deals with moral implications of torture. You're damned if you do, damned if you don't…

Monday, November 5th, 2007
French Journalist Henri Alleg Describes His Torture Being Waterboarded by French Forces During Algerian War


[ Insurgency
and Counter-Insurgency in Iraq]

A lecture by Ahmed S. Hashim, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army who served as an advisor to the American authorities in Iraq following the fall of Saddam. Currently, he is an associate professor of strategic studies at the U.S. Naval War College. He is also a lecturer in public policy at Harvard's Kennedy School.

The Utility of Force: The Art of War in the Modern World

A talk by General Sir Rupert Smith, who retired from the British Army in 2002. His last appointment was Deputy Supreme Commander Allied Powers Europe 1998-2001, covering NATO's Balkan operations, including the Kosovo bombing, and the development of the European Defence and Security Identity.

Prior to that he was the general Officer Commanding in Northern Ireland, 1996-1998; Commander UNPROFOR in Sarajevo, 1995; the Assistant Chief of Defence Staff for Operations, 1992-1994; and General Officer Commanding 1 (UK) Armoured Division, 1990-1992, including the Gulf War.


RAND Occasional Paper: Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in Iraq by Bruce Hoffman

RAND Research Report: Trends in Outside Support for Insurgent Movements by Daniel Byman, Peter Chalk, Bruce Hoffman, William Rosenau, and David Brannan

RAND Research Report: The Urbanization of Insurgency: The Potential Challenge to US Army Operations by Jennifer M. Taw and Bruce Hoffman

Iraq's Insurgency and Civil Violence: Developments through Late August 2007 by Anthony Cordesman, CSIS

The Uncertain Metrics of Afghanistan (and Iraq) by Anthony Cordesman, CSIS

Preliminary "Lessons" of the Israel-Hezbollah War by Anthony Cordesman, CSIS

Anthropology and Counterinsurgency: The Strange Story of their Curious Relationship
I (Joanna) thought this link was relevant to the US FM readings in Week VII on Intelligence Operations.

A short video which demonstrates the art of waterboarding.

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