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A mass grave near the Church of St. Andrew in Bucha, Ukraine, 13 April 2022. After liberation, 116 bodies were exhumed from it.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

A Preliminary Assessment of Russian Barbarism in Ukraine

Thu., Apr. 6, 2023 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm


Speaker:  Ivan Arreguín-Toft, Associate, International Security Program

Russia's invasion of Ukraine is now over a year old, and every day Russian forces are either deliberately or systematically killing or torturing noncombatants. Is this a strategy? A plan to use Russia's available resources to achieve a specific military objective? Might it possibly be an artifact of a long history, since the Russian Civil War (1917–1923), of using armed force bluntly while ignoring the very possibility of "noncombatant" as a relevant category in warfare?

Everyone is welcome to join us online via Zoom! Please register in advance for this seminar: https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIuce6spjsrHNNSH7GixtXqAjUbWSLdqHBO

During World War II, German Nazis shot more than ten  thousand residents of Nis and Southeast Serbia on Bubanj hill. After the war, the execution site was transformed into a memorial park, with a monument in the shape of three clenched fists, symbolizing the resistence of men, women, and children who died on the location.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

Targeting Noncombatants as a Strategy in War or Wartime Military Occupation: An Empirical Assessment

Thu., Oct. 5, 2017 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

One Brattle Square - Room 350

Speaker: Ivan Arreguin-Toft, Senior Research Fellow, Cyber Security Project

In the past two decades, an increasing number of social scientists, military historians, and practitioners have weighed in on an important question relevant to the conduct of war and wartime occupation: what actually happens when a given political actor deliberately or systematically harms noncombatants as a strategy? 

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.