My paper proposal, on "Regulating Complex Terrain in Counterinsurgency", has been accepted as part of a panel on counterinsurgency at the British International Studies Association Meeting, at the University of Exeter in December. This is what the panel looks like, from the BISA 2008 provisional programme:
Charli Carpenter, an Assistant Professor of at the University of Pittsburg's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, has just published a short piece on the Geneva Conventions in the war on terror in The National Interest. Writing at Duck of Minerva, where she's a contributor, Carpenter notes the challenges involved with crossing from academic publishing to writing for a policy audience (or at least, involved with dealing with differing degrees of editorial license). More important, though, is the subject of her paper. In "Geneva 2.0", she sums up many of the basic issues that inform this particular debate, getting right to the heart of the problem when she writes
Remember when geopolitique.com released a map of Hezbollah's telecomms network in Lebanon? Well, another organization, Lebanon-Support, has done one better with its map of Lebanon's vulnerabilities, showing political, confessional, security and deprivation layers in the Lebanese landscape. Worth noting.
H/T to Middle East Strategy at Harvard for reporting it.
In "Baghdad's Teetering Floors," Bryan Finoki writes about new barrier construction in that sunny peaceful spot on the Tigris: