Jacob Mundy

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Jacob Mundy

Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies; Director, Peace and Conflict Studies Program

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Peace and Conflict Studies
222 Alumni Hall

• 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

Interests: Critical Security Studies, Political Economy, Middle East and Northern Africa

Fieldwork: Tunisia (September 2018 – June 2019); Libya (Summer 2012), Algeria (October 2007 – June 2009); Morocco, Western Sahara, and Algeria (Summer 2003 and Fall 2005)

Archival Work: Archives Nationales d'Outre Mer (France), Archives nationales de Tunisie (Tunis), US National Archives (College Park, MD), Ford Presidential Library (Ann Arbor, MI)

Editorial Committee, Middle East Report, 2020–2022, https://merip.org/

Board of Directors, American Institute of Maghrib Studies, 2016–2018, 2020–2022 https://aimsnorthafrica.org/

Fulbright Scholar, Visiting Associate Professor, International Political-Economy Program, Tunis Business School, Université de Tunis, 2018–2019.

Fellow, Centre d’Études Maghrébines à Tunis, 2018–2019, https://www.cematmaghrib.org/

Founding Fellow, Sidi Bou Said School of Critical Protest Studies.

Fellow, Lampert Institute for Civic and Global Affairs, 2018–2019.

Conseil scientifique, Observatoire universitaire international du Sahara Occidental (OUISO), 2017–Present

Fellow, Centre d’Études Maghrébines en Algérie, 2007–2008, https://cema-northafrica.org/

Libya. Polity Press, Series in Global Hot Spots, 2018. 

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

"The Middle East is Violence: On the Limits of Comparative Approaches to the Study of Armed Conflicts." Civil Wars 21 (4: Special issue on The Politics of Comparing Armed Conflicts), 2019: 539–568, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13698249.2019.1664847, Open Access 

“The Science, Aesthetics, and Management of Late Warfare: An Introduction.” Critical Studies on Security 1(2: Special issue co-edited by Stefanie Fishel and Jacob Mundy), 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


“A Theory of the Middle East: Oil for Insecurity, Permanent War, and the Political-Economy of Late Imperial America” in Between Catastrophe and Revolution: Essays in Honor of Mike Davis, edited by Daniel Bertrand Monk and Michael Sorkin (New York, N.Y.: Urban Research), forthcoming.

“Critical Approaches to Peacebuilding,” in Peacebuilding Paradigms: The Impact of Theoretical Diversity on Implementing Sustainable Peace, edited by Henry Carey (Cambridge University Press), 193–206.

“Libya,” in The Middle East, 15th Edition, edited by Ellen Lust (Sage/CQ Press, 2019), 529–550. Revised and updated from 14th Edition.

“The Geopolitical Functions of the Western Sahara Conflict: US Hegemony, Moroccan Stability, and Sahrawi Strategies of Resistance,” in International, Regional and Local Dimensions of Western Sahara’s Protracted Decolonization, edited by Raquel Ojeda Garcia, Irene Fernández-Molina, and Victoria Veguilla (Palgrave, 2017): 53–78.

"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. 

"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.

Podcast, "The War for the Western Sahara," Popular Front (December 16, 2020), https://soundcloud.com/popularfrontcast/100-the-war-for-the-western-sahara

"The U.S. recognized Moroccan sovereignty over the disputed Western Sahara. Here’s what that means," The Monkey Cage (Blog), Washington Post (December 11, 2020), https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/12/11/us-recognized-moroccan-sovereignty-over-disputed-western-sahara-heres-what-that-means/

Press Conference, "Western Sahara ceasefire over after 29 years," Foreign Press Association (November 17, 2020), https://youtu.be/u50nGnBdHLI

Interview, "Ceasefire Ends in Occupied Western Sahara After U.S.-Backed Moroccan Military Launches Operation," Democracy Now! (November 16, 2020), https://www.democracynow.org/2020/11/16/western_sahara_jacob_mundy>

Interview with Bill Fletcher on Libya, Global African Worker (October 3, 2020), https://www.globalafricanworker.com/content/interview-jacob-mundy-libya

Podcast, "Jacob Mundy, Libya (Polity Press, 2018)," Interview with Prof. Susan Thomson, New Books in African Studies (September 7, 2020), https://newbooksnetwork.com/jacob-mundy-libya-polity-press-2018/

Podcast, "Why is the 'everywhere' war mostly in the Middle East and North Africa?," Maghrib in Past and Present (July 15, 2020), https://www.themaghribpodcast.com/2020/07/why-is-everywhere-war-mostly-in-middle.html

"The Oil for Security Myth and Middle East Insecurity," Middle East Report N° 294 (Spring 2020), https://merip.org/2020/06/the-oil-for-security-myth-and-middle-east-insecurity-2/

"Why ‘too many cooks in the kitchen’ could inhibit a peace deal in Libya," The Conversation (January 23, 2020), http://theconversation.com/why-too-many-cooks-in-the-kitchen-could-inhibit-a-peace-deal-in-libya-130391

"The Globalized Unmaking of the Libyan State," Middle East Report N° 290 (Spring 2019), 3–7, https://merip.org/2019/07/the-globalized-unmaking-of-the-libyan-state/

"Libya conflict boils down to the man driving the war – Khalifa Haftar," The Conversation (April 10, 2019), http://theconversation.com/libya-conflict-boils-down-to-the-man-driving-the-war-khalifa-haftar-115192

"The collapse of oil for insecurity: Why Venezuela’s turmoil and the Khashoggi crisis portend an even darker geopolitics of oil," Africa is a Country (March 24, 2019), https://africasacountry.com/2019/03/the-collapse-of-oil-for-insecurity

Alice Wilson and Jacob Mundy, "Business as Usual in Western Sahara?" Middle East Report (January 21, 2019), https://merip.org/2019/01/business-as-usual-in-western-sahara/

"Why Libya’s new elections might not put the country back on track," The Conversation (June 6, 2018), http://theconversation.com/why-libyas-new-elections-might-not-put-the-country-back-on-track-97700








Talk, “Making Hegemony in the Middle East,” Sovereignty, Order & Conflict Seminar Series, Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, Syracuse University, October 8, 2020.

Lecture, “The UN Failure in Western Sahara,” Osaka School of International Public Policy, University of Osaka, Japan, November 5, 2019.

Paper, “Why is the ‘Everywhere’ War Mostly in the Middle East?,” Le Centre d’Études Maghrébines à Tunis (CEMAT), September 12, 2019.

Concept Paper, “Development and Global Security,” Governance and Local Development in the Middle East and North Africa, workshop, organized by the Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg, held in Sarajevo, August 7–9, 2019.

Paper, “From the Capital of Africa to the Caliphate: High Modern Authoritarianism and Infrastructural Warfare in Sirte, Libya,” De/constructing the Middle Eastern City: Places, Publics, and Geographies of Global Connection, workshop, Maxwell School of International Affairs, March 30, 2018.

Lecture, “The Necessity of Human Rights Violations in Western Sahara,” Departamento Derecho Internacional Público, Relaciones Internacionales e Historia del Derecho, Universidad del País Vasco, November 23, 2017.

Paper, “Conditions of Regionality: The Politics of Comparing Armed Conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa,” The Politics of Comparing Armed Conflicts, workshop, Université du Québec à Montréal, October 13, 2017.

Paper, “Regional Insecurities: Arms, Oil, and Orientalism in the Middle East and North Africa,” Middle Eastern Studies, Maxwell School of International Studies, Syracuse University, September 28, 2017.

Co-organizer and co-chair, Making Space in the Maghrib, 30th Annual Conference of the American Institute for Maghrib Studies, funded by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, Djerba, Tunisia, July 8–9, 2017.

Paper, “Towards a Political Economy of State Failure in Libya,” Extremism, Security, and the State in Africa, Institute for African Development Symposium, Cornell University, October 29, 2016.

Talk, “Why you’ve never heard of Western Sahara: Morocco, the United States, and Africa’s Last Colony,” Cornell Law School, April 18, 2016.

Talk, “From ‘State of the Masses’ to State of the Martyrs: Rethinking Libya,” Arab World Studies Program, American University, April 11, 2016.

Presentation, “Economics as Antipolitics in Civil War research,” Symposium on the Geopolitics of Inequality, Bloustein School of Public Affairs, Rutgers University, November 11, 2015.

Paper, “The Geopolitical Functions of the Western Sahara Conflict: US hegemony, Moroccan Stability, and Sahrawi Resistance,” Seminario Internacional sobre el Sahara Occidental, University of Granada and University of Jaén, Spain, October 31–November 1, 2015.