Empire’s labor: The global army that supports US wars

Event details

IR Seminar Series

Date & time

Monday 30 November 2020


Online event


Associate Professor Adam Moore


Nicolas Lemay-Hebert

Since 9/11 the US has become dependent on a vast army of foreign, contracted labor to fight its wars—to a degree unprecedented in the country’s history.

In this talk, Adam Moore details the scale and scope of this development, as well as the resulting effects. Military contracting, he argues, is changing the geographies of war, generating new geopolitical and geo-economic entanglements that extend well beyond the battlefields, while also reshaping the ‘American way of war.’

Adam Moore is an Associate Professor of Geography at UCLA, and a member of the university’s International Institute. His research interests include geographic and sociological theory, ethnic conflict, postwar peacebuilding, Southeast European politics, military contracting, and the militarization of U.S. foreign policy.

Empire’s Labor (2019, Cornell UP) received the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Globe Book Award for Public Understanding of Geography. The ebook is open access and can be downloaded at Cornell Open.

Professor Moore’s previous book, Peacebuilding in Practice (2013, Cornell UP), examined divergent local peacebuilding processes in Bosnia. He is also an assistant editor for the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding.

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This seminar is hosted by the Department of International Relations.

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