Working Group on the Strategic Use of Force
The Working Group on the Strategic Use of Force seeks to convene individuals
interested in studying both state and sub-state actors' strategies and
tactics to deploy force or coercion in order to achieve their
group is interested both in the strategies themselves and a variety of
conditions that influence the strategic effectiveness, including
relations, alliances, and regime type.
This is an MIT working group for individuals with research interests in
state and non-state actors and will serve as a forum for students,
outside researchers to present their ongoing work and received
feedback. Its aim
is to examine why particular actors select the coercive strategies they do, as
well as the means and tactics they use. Topics may include but are not limited
to the causes, organization and consequences of inter-state conflict,
inter-state coercion, deterrence, military intervention, as well as studies of
sub-state violence including civil war, terrorism, and insurgency.
The working group is meant to cover a number of questions and theories on
security within the fields of international relations and comparative politics
that specifically deal with the threat or application of force.
Roger Petersen is the faculty sponsor of this working group.