How the United States Ends Wars

Country: Ireland

City: Dublin

Abstr. due: 26.06.2015

Dates: 23.10.15 — 24.10.15

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Organizers: University College Dublin


As the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War approaches, and the United States struggles to extricate itself from Afghanistan and Iraq, students of military history have, not surprisingly, begun to analyze how the United States ends conflicts. Most of this literature examines the factors that shape the decision-making processes of policymakers as wars draw to a close. Missing from the scholarship, however, is consideration of an equally important set of questions. What impact did the wars in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan have upon American culture? What did these wars leave behind? In other words, how did it impact the society and local cultures? What implications did these wars have for long-term U.S. strategic goals? This conference will achieve two purposes: Firstly, it will link culture and strategy in discussing the ending of wars by the U.S. Secondly, it will consider the long-term consequences of recent wars fought by the United States.


Paper proposals on the following topics are welcome:

1) The Vietnam War

2) Military involvement in Iraq, 1990 to the present

3) War in Afghanistan, 2001 to the present

4) The effect of these wars on local populations

5) The cultural consequences for the United States of these wars

6) The cultural and strategic costs of war in the early 21st century

7) War and grand strategy in U.S. foreign policy

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