December 2007 issue of Origins: "Conflict Termination: How to End—and Not to End—Insurgencies"
The December 2007 issue of "Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective" is now available. "Origins" is a monthly on-line news magazine published by the Public History Initiative and eHistory in the History Department at The Ohio State University. You can find "Origins" at:
The December issue is titled “Conflict Termination: How to End—and Not to End—Insurgencies” by John Guilmartin. A sizeable majority of Americans, according to polling data, are dissatisfied with the war in Iraq (and the less reported war in Afghanistan). How to end the war, however, remains unclear. The dilemma the United States now faces getting out of Iraq has been faced by a number of other nations which found themselves battling indigenous insurgencies. In this essay, military historian Guilmartin looks back at the post-WWII era to examine other examples of "conflict termination."
The podcast of the December issue is located at:
In each issue of "Origins," an historian analyzes a particular current issue–political, cultural, or social–in a larger, deeper historical context. In addition to the analysis provided by each month’s feature, "Origins" will also include images, maps, graphs and other material to complement the essay.
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