“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
A seminar with Alexandra Stark, Research Fellow, Middle East Initiative and Ph.D. Candidate, Georgetown University.
Military intervention in external civil wars tends to transform relatively localized conflicts into regional conflicts that are very difficult to resolve and therefore last longer, generate higher numbers of casualties from violence, and have massive humanitarian implications. My research seeks to build a more comprehensive understanding of the conditions under which states in the MENA region intervene in civil wars. This research highlights the dynamics of competition among regional powers as well as the relationship between the United States and its regional allies, and how both affect intervention decisions.