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The Logistics of Counterinsurgency
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The Logistics of Counterinsurgency
Lecture by Dr. Laleh Khalili
{{langos=='en'?('18/04/2016' | todate):('18/04/2016' | artodate)}} - issue 4.2

In a talk which took place in the Spring of 2016 at Georgetown’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Dr. Laleh Khalili discusses three ways in which the making of logistical infrastructures—roads, ports, warehouses, and transport—has been crucial to wars waged by the United States since 2001 in Southwest Asia and how these infrastructures in turn transform the social, political, and economic lives of the region.

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Laleh Khalili
Laleh Khalili

Laleh Khalili is a Professor in Middle Eastern Politics at the University of London with a research focus in areas such as logistics and trade, infrastructure and political and social movements.

Laleh Khalili’s first book, Heroes and Martyrs of Palestine: The Politics of National Commemoration (Cambridge 2007) drew on ethnographic research in the Palestinian refugee camp of Burj al-Barajna in Lebanon and focussed on the particular genres of commemoration – from the heroic practices of the heady days of Third Worldism to the tragic discourses of an era in which NGOs are ascendant. She also edited Modern Arab Politics (Routledge 2008) and co-edited (with Jillian Schwedler) Policing and Prisons in the Middle East: Formations of Coercion (Hurst/OUP 2010). Her most recent book, Time in the Shadows: Confinement in Counterinsurgencies (Stanford 2013), drew on interviews with former detainees of Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay, and various Israeli detention camps and prisons – and military officers, guards, and interrogators, as well as a large number of archival sources to show the continuities in practices of detention in liberal counterinsurgencies from the Boer War until today. Her Time in the Shadows was the winner of the Susan Strange Best Book Prize of the British International Studies Association and the 2014 best book award of the International Political Sociology section of the ISA.

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The Logistics of Counterinsurgency