SMALL WARS, BIG DATA: THE INFORMATION REVOLUTION IN MODERN CONFLICT
Thursday, October 11, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.
The way wars are fought has changed starkly over the past sixty years. International military campaigns used to play out between large armies at central fronts. Today’s conflicts find major powers facing rebel insurgencies that deploy elusive methods, from improvised explosives to terrorist attacks. Modern warfare is not about struggles over territory but over people; civilians—and the information they might choose to provide—can turn the tide at critical junctures. Small Wars, Big Data examines this shift, drawing practical lessons from the past two decades of conflict in locations ranging from Latin America and the Middle East to Central and Southeast Asia. Building an information-centric understanding of insurgencies, the authors examine the relationships between rebels, the government, and civilians. Ultimately the authors show how the stronger side can almost always win the villages, but why that does not guarantee winning the war.
Join CGA faculty Mary Beth Altier and Michael Oppenheimer for a discussion with Jacob Shapiro, Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University, co-director of the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project, and co-author of Small Wars, Big Data, which presents a transformative understanding of these contemporary confrontations and how they should be fought.