France Harper Lecture with Ethan Bueno de Mesquita, AB'96

Understanding and Preventing Conflict in a Data-Driven Age

In the wake of recent ISIS attacks in Paris, Beirut, Sinai, and Baghdad, it is clear that terrorism and insurgency have the capacity to shape national and international politics. Moreover, ongoing conflicts in Syria, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Colombia, and many other countries illustrate the profound repercussions of political violence for human welfare, the stability of governments, and economic growth. Ethan Bueno de Mesquita, AB’96, argues that the actions of rebel and insurgent organizations can be understood in terms of the same strategic logic that economists use to model and predict the behavior of firms and other economic agents.

In this lecture, Bueno de Mesquita will describe what leading social scientists have learned about the causes of conflict, the efficacy of attempts to reduce political violence, and the challenges associated with countering violent, strategic adversaries like ISIS.

Bueno de Mesquita is a professor and deputy dean in the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, where his research focuses on terrorism, insurgency, rebellion, and other forms of asymmetric conflict.
Event Details

Free event

7:00–7:30 p.m. Registration and networking
7:30–8:30 p.m. Presentation and discussion
8:30–9:00 p.m. Reception

Parking information
There is a parking garage at the Place Vendome. Costs are approximately EUR 27.50/day.

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