The Institute for Southern Studies and the Walker Institute of International and Area Studies at the University of South Carolina will present the major conference “War By Another Means: Perspectives on Insurgencies” in Columbia on October 13 – 15, 2011. A free keynote lecture will take place at Ft. Jackson on Thursday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m. featuring U.S. Army Reserve Major General David Blackledge. SC Humanities supported this conference with a Major Grant in February 2011.
The “War By Another Means” conference will explore the characteristics of insurgencies and why they have become the preferred form of warfare. Panel presentations will look at such topics as guerilla activity in South Carolina, the French experience in counterinsurgency, slave insurrections, the Confederacy as an insurgency, communist insurgency in China, and the current counterinsurgency efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
For the keynote lecture, U.S. Army Reserve Major General David Blackledge will speak about the future role of counterinsurgency operations in the U.S. military. The lecture will take place at the 81st Regional Support Command Headquarters on Fort Jackson at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 13. Blackledge is the commanding general of the Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command at Fort Bragg, NC.
Friday and Saturday of the conference will be held at the South Carolina Archives and History building at 8301 Parklane Road, Columbia, SC 29223. Registration is $20 and includes lunch on Friday, October 14. The keynote lecture on Thursday, October 13 is free and open to the public. More information about the conference, including a detailed schedule and registration information is available here: http://warbyanothermeans.cas.sc.edu/index.html.
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