The New Face of Counterinsurgency

Fri, 26 Sep 2008 13:23:19 +0000

Classes resumed at Dartmouth this week. I'm teaching two sections of Economics 36, a mid-level course designed to give students mastery of the basics of diversification, hedging, and corporate finance. It's an interesting time to be immersed in that material. The students were only mildly amused when I suggested that the higher demand for turnaround specialists might be enough to offset the lower demand for investment analysts.

Outside the classroom, the Rockefeller Center, where I am the director, has jumped into the term with some interesting public lectures. Last evening, we had the pleasure of welcoming Dr. Montgomery McFate to speak about the "Human Terrain System" in Iraq and Afghanistan. More students should see the value of careful social science research in challenging situations like counterinsurgency. They shouldn't be (and weren't) shielded from a discussion of the ethical issues that arise in these situations. You can read about her presentation here.

Watch her, along with Sarah Sewall, on Charlie Rose here: