Webinar: Costs of War Project May 6

Event Dates: 
05/06/21

The United States provides counterterrorism “training and assistance” to dozens of countries as part of its post-9/11 wars. The U.S. has been providing counterterrorism funding and training to Burkina Faso, a landlocked country in the West African Sahel, since 2009, but it was only several years later that the country began to confront militant violence linked to what local people call “jihadism.” The case of Burkina Faso shows how governments use the U.S. narrative of terrorism and counterterrorism, along with the accompanying financial, political, and institutional resources given them by the U.S., to repress minority groups, justify authoritarianism, and facilitate illicit profiteering, all while failing to address poverty and other structural problems that lead to widespread frustration with the state. In a vicious cycle, what the U.S. calls security assistance actually accomplishes the opposite. Around the world, it has fed insecurity, bolstering the militants that react against the government injustices exacerbated by this aid.

 

Join us on Thursday, May 6 at 11:00 am ET for a webinar where Stephanie Savell, Co-Director of the Costs of War Project, will examine the effects of U.S. security assistance and the profound costs of “helping” other nations wage their own “wars on terror.” Advance registration is required.

 

This webinar is the fourth in a four-part series, and is part of the Pardee Center's "20 Years of War" research series, a two-year collaboration with the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University to expand the ongoing Costs of War project. The "20 Years of War" research series explores the human, financial, environmental, social, and political costs of the post-9/11 wars and illustrates how the impacts of the wars will ripple into the future.

 

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