Barbara Elias on Conditional Aid and the Arguments for and against Unilateral Action

By Bowdoin News

Barbara Elias, Bowdoin’s Sarah and James Bowdoin Associate Professor of Government, and a specialist in international relations, insurgency warfare, US foreign policy, national security, and Islam and politics, shares her insights in a piece for Foreign Policy.

Barbara Elias
Barbara Elias

Elias writes of the widespread calls for conditional aid and the implications therein as well as the pros and cons of "an often-overlooked diplomatic tool: the threat of unilateral US action."

Read the Foreign Policy article.

Elias was a 2022 Non-Resident Fellow with the Irregular Warfare Initiative, a jointly sponsored program between the Modern War Institute at West Point and the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project at Princeton University. 

She is the author of Why Allies Rebel: Defiant Local Partners in Counterinsurgency Wars (Cambridge University Press, 2020), which has won numerous awards, including the 2022 Best Book prize by the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association.

Her latest book project examines structural flaws in US counterinsurgency doctrine, looking at interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Vietnam.