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Jacob Mundy

Jacob Mundy

Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies
Peace & Conflict Studies, 222 Alumni Hall
p 315-228-6182


PhD, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, 2010
M.A., Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, Seattle, 2004
B.A., Philosophy, University of Washington, Seattle, 1999

Research Interests and Field Experience

Interests: Armed conflicts and humanitarian interventions in northern Africa

Fieldwork: Libya (Summer 2012), Algeria (October 2007 - June 2009); Morocco, Western Sahara, and Algeria (Summer 2003 and Fall 2005)

Refereed Books

Imaginative Geographies of Algerian Violence: Conflict Science, Conflict Management, Antipolitics, Stanford University Press, Studies in Middle Eastern and Islamic Societies and Cultures, 2015

The Post-conflict Environment: Investigation and Critique, coeditor with Daniel B. Monk, University of Michigan Press, Series in Global Urban Studies, 2014.

Western Sahara: War, Nationalism and Conflict Irresolution, coauthor with Stephen Zunes, Syracuse University Press, Series on Peace and Conflict Resolution, 2010, Second Printing 2011

Refereed Articles

“The Science, Aesthetics, and Management of Late Warfare: An Introduction.” Critical Studies on Security (special issue co-edited by Stefanie Fishel and Jacob Mundy), 1(2) 2013: 143-158. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21624887.2013.826426

"'Wanton and Senseless' Revisited: The Study of Warfare in Civil Conflicts and the Historiography of the Algerian Massacres," African Studies Review 56(3) December 2013: 25-55, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/asr.2013.78

"Deconstructing Civil War: Beyond the New Wars Debate," Security Dialogue 42(3), June 2011: 279-295, http://sdi.sagepub.com/content/42/3/279.abstract

"Expert Intervention: Knowledge, Violence and Identity during the Algerian massacres," Cambridge Review of International Affairs 23(1), March 2010: 25-47, Special Issue on Scholarship and War: Ethics, Power and Knowledge,http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09557570903540193 

"Performing the Nation, Prefiguring the State: The Western Saharan Refugees Thirty Years Later," Journal of Modern African Studies 45(2), June 2007: 275-297, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0022278X07002546

Chapters in Books

"Moroccan Settlers in Western Sahara: Colonists or Fifth Column?" (coauthored with Stephen Zunes) in Settlers in Contested Lands: Territorial Disputes and Ethnic Conflicts, Oded Haklai and Neophytos Loizides (eds), Stanford University Press, 2015: 40-74.

"Failed States, Ungoverned Areas, and Safe Havens: The Terrorization of the Western Sahara Peace Process," in Nationalism and Intra-State Conflicts in Postcolonial Societies, Fonkem Achankeng (ed), Lexington Books, 2015

"Bringing the tribe back in? The Western Sahara dispute, ethno-history, and the imagineering of minority conflicts in the Arab world," in Minority Rights and Multiculturalism in the Arab World, Will Kymlicka and Eva Pföstl (eds), Oxford University Press, 2014: 127-150.

"Western Sahara: Nonviolent Resistance as a Last Resort," coauthored with Stephen Zunes, in Civil Resistance and Conflict Transformation: Transitions from Armed to Nonviolent Struggle, Véronique Dudouet (ed), Routledge Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution, 2014: 20-44.

Select Online Articles

"Waiting for Disruption: The Western Sahara Stalemate," Special Report, World Politics Review, September 16, 2014

“Securitization or Terrorization? US counterterrorism policy and the crisis in the Sahara-Sahel,” Pambazuka News, Issue 621, March 12, 2013, http://pambazuka.org/en/category/features/86564

"It’s official: Syria is a civil war. Or is it?” e-International Relations, June 15, 2012: http://www.e-ir.info/2012/06/15/its-official-syria-is-in-a-state-of-civil-war-or-is-it/

"Western Sahara’s 48 hours of rage," Middle East Report, 40(4), N˚ 257, Winter 2010: 2-5, http://www.merip.org/mer/mer257/western-saharas-48-hours-rage

"US militarization of the Sahara-Sahel: security, space and imperialism," Concerned Africa Scholars Bulletin N˚ 85 Spring 2010 http://concernedafricascholars.org/bulletin/issue85/

"How the US and Morocco seized the Spanish Sahara," Le Monde Diplomatique, English Language edition, January 2006: http://mondediplo.com/2006/01/12asahara

Select Media Interviews

Kevin Moore, "International interventions in a fragmented Libya: An ACMM interview with Dr Jacob Mundy," Africa Conflict Monitor, October 2014, http://www.consultancyafrica.com/

Tom Stevenson, "US oil company set to violate international law in Western Sahara," Middle East Eye, September 28, 2014, http://www.middleeasteye.net/in-depth/features/us-oil-company-set-violate-international-law-western-sahara-883955500

Loveday Morris, "In Western Sahara, women play large role in forgotten struggle for independence," Washington Post, July 7, 2013, http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/in-western-sahara-women-play-large-role-in-forgotten-struggle-for-independence/2013/07/07/f46f23ec-dd06-11e2-85de-c03ca84cb4ef_story.html

Jenn Abelson, "Western Sahara: Why Africa’s last colony can’t break free. In global politics, playing by the rules doesn’t always help," Boston Globe, June 16, 2013, http://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2013/06/15/western-sahara-why-africa-last-colony-can-break-free/87jACxXfU5bVUtqEe6uyrM/story.html

Portia Walker, "Forgotten Western Sahara pines for autonomy," USA Today, June 11, 2013, http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/06/09/western-sahara-independence/2394651/

Zine Cherfaoui, "«Le Maroc semble incapable de gouverner sans la violence» : Professeur Jacob Mundy. Spécialiste du Sahara occidental à Colgate University," El Watan (Algiers, Algeria), May 21, 2013

Aidan Lewis, "Morocco still provoking resistance in Western Sahara," BBC News, December 22, 2011, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-16186928

Discussing Militia Politics in Libya

Select Speaking and Conferences

Invited paper, "The Geopolitics of the Western Sahara Conflict," Conference on the Decolonization of Western Sahara, organized by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Abuja, Nigeria, June 2-4, 2015

Invited discussant, “The EU, Regional Conflicts and the Promotion of Regional Cooperation: Regional Conflict Resolution in the Mediterranean,” American University in Cairo, Egypt, April 29, 2014.

Invited talk, “Western Sahara: The United States and Africa’s Last Colony,” sponsored by the departments of Geography, Political Science, International Studies, and Sociology. Vassar College, April 9, 2013.

Paper, “Intervention as the Mother of Necessity: Accounting for the Responsibility to Protect after Libya,” Northeast Middle East Politics Working Group, Seventh Annual Workshop, Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University, Waltham, M.A., March 1-2, 2013.

Invited paper, “The politics of strategic nonviolence in Western Sahara,” Transitions from Armed to Nonviolent Resistance: Contributors’ Workshop, Berghof Foundation, Berlin, Germany, January 11-12, 2013.

Invited paper, “It’s a trap! The contested politics and indisputable effects of US counter-terrorism policy in Africa’s Sahara-Sahel,” Humanitarian Dilemmas: Debating Interventions in Africa and the Middle East, Kent State, April 5-6, 2012. 

Co-chair: Wars beyond war: an international, interdisciplinary workshop, Colgate University, March 30-31, 2012, http://www.colgate.edu/academics/departments-and-programs/peace-and-conflict-studies/events/wars-beyond-war-workshop

Invited paper: "Representing Sahrawis: contested meanings of a post-colonial identity." Seminar on Minority Rights and Multiculturalism in the Arab World, Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli & Istituto di Studi Politici S. Pio V, Rome, March 25-26, 2011.

Invited presentation on Western Sahara: Challenges and Opportunities in the Maghreb Today: A Trans-Atlantic Dialogue, Real Instituto Elcano, Madrid, May 12-13, 2010.

Invited discussant: The Nexus between EU, Civil Society and Conflict in the European neighborhood, Workshop, Istituto Affari Internazionali, Rome, Italy, June 19, 2009.

Invited paper, "New wars, new peace? Transitional/transnational justice in the late post-conflict environment," Post-Conflict Environment Project, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C., April 23-24, 2009.

Invited paper, "Sovereignty and the International Court of Justice Advisory Opinion on Western Sahara of 16 October 1975," Multilateralism and International Law with Western Sahara as a Case Study, University of Pretoria, South Africa, December 4-5, 2008.

Invited talk, "The Question of Sovereignty in the Western Sahara Conflict," La Cuestión del Sáhara Occidental en El Marco Jurídico Internacional, International Conference of the Jurists for Western Sahara, Las Palmas, Canary Islands, June 27-28, 2008.