Trapped in the War on Terror

Event Date: 
Monday, February 19, 2007
Event Time: 
4:30 p.m.
016 Robertson Hall

Ian Lustick, a Professor of Political Science and the Bess W. Heyman Chair at the University of Pennsylvania, presented a public lecture titled, "Trapped in the War on Terror," at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, February 19, 2007 in 016 Robertson Hall. This event was cosponsored with the Woodrow Wilson School.

In addition to his role at the University of Pennsylvania, Lustick is Associate Director of the Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict. He is interested in comparative politics, international politics, organization theory, Middle Eastern politics and computer assisted modeling for the social sciences. His present research focuses on the politics of Jewish and non-Jewish migration to and from Palestine, the prospects for peace in the Middle East, and the conceptual and methodological problems associated with the relationship between political science, history and historiography.

Lustick's articles on ethnic conflict, Middle East politics, American foreign policy, social science methodology, and organization theory have appeared in many journals, including World PoliticsInternational OrganizationAmerican Political Science ReviewForeign AffairsForeign PolicyMiddle East Journal, Middle East PolicyIsrael StudiesJournal of Palestine Studies, and Cornell International Law Journal.  He is the author of a number of books, the most recent of which isTrapped in the War on Terror. In the book the author argues that the War on Terrorism is an irrational policy for fighting America's enemies and has turned into something beyond anyone's control.

Lustick is a founder and past President of the Association for Israel Studies, and a former President of the Politics and History Section of the American Political Science Association. He is the originator of the PS-I computational modeling platform and a leader in the application of agent-based modeling techniques to problems in the social sciences. From 1970-1980 Lustick worked as a Middle East analyst in the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Since then he has been consulted on Middle East affairs, foreign policy, and intelligence techniques by every administration, including projects, lectures, and consultancies for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Homeland Security, National Security Agency, and National Security Council. He has been the recipient of awards from the Carnegie Corporation, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Sciences Research Council and the United States Institute of Peace.