Month: April 2008

Iraq in the Horn of Africa

"The jihadist leads a double life." That’s the opening line of Scott Johnson’s disturbing report on Somalia in the latest edition of Newsweek. Johnson’s piece covers the worsening conditions in the country, and offers some sobering cost-benefit observations on the pitfalls of burning down the barn to weed the needle out of the haystack.

The ConflictSpace Project: Spatial Splicing and Conflict Diffusion

This is a quick follow-up to the earlier CTLab post on the spatial dynamics of counterinsurgency, which reported the ConflictSpace project at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Up to now, public references to the project have only been made in passing. The first was in a Spring 2007 listing of funded UIUC research projects. The second is on the agenda of the upcoming 2008 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, as part of a paper session on the spatial analysis of conflict, scheduled for Friday, 18 April 2008. 

Niall Ferguson on Phillip Bobbit

In the 11 April 08 edition of the Int’l Herald Tribune, Niall Ferguson reviews Phillip Bobbit’s new book The Wars For the Twenty-First Century (Alfred A. Knopf). Looks like another must read from Bobbit, following his 2002 work The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace, and the Course of History (Penguin). From Ferguson: