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Policing in the Context of Military Operations

Nickie Phillips

We interview Jon R. Lindsay, doctoral candidate in Political Science at MIT and Lt. Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve, about his recent academic work on counterinsurgency operations in Iraq.  In particular we focus on how military operations and police functions cross over during prolonged military engagement.


Lindsay, J. (2009, Feb 25). Commandos, Advisors, and Diplomats: Special Operations Forces and Counterinsurgency. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISA’s 50th Annual Convention. New York, NY

Galula, D. (2006). Counterinsurgency warfare: Theory and practice. Greenwood Publishing Group.

Kalyvas, S.N. (2006). The logic of violence in civil war.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Lindsay, J. (2008, Sept). Does the “surge” explain Iraq’s improved security? Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for International Studies (CIS) Audits of the Conventional Wisdom.

Lindsay, J. (2006). War upon the map: The politics of military user innovation. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Program on Emerging Technologies (PoET) Working Papers.

Strobl, S. & Lindsay, J. (2009, pending). Lost in translation. Khobar Towers and the ambiguities of terrorism in the 1990s. in Haberfeld, M. and A. von Hassell (Eds.). A New Understanding of Terrorism. New York: Springer.