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Professor Ganesh Sitaraman of Vanderbilt University Law School delivers the Palmer Prize lecture at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.
He speaks on the intersection of law and counterinsurgency strategy that he wrote about in his award-winning book, The Counterinsurgent's Constitution: Law in the Age of Small Wars.
In The Counterinsurgent's Constitution: Law in the Age of Small Wars, Professor Sitaraman explores the intersection of law and counterinsurgency strategy. He says counterinsurgency became America's dominant approach for achieving its national security goals abroad after the 2006 "surge" in Iraq. However, controversy and debate surround counterinsurgency as a strategy—both for its military effectiveness overseas and the unexplored legal path it takes us down here at home. The book outlines how law operates during counterinsurgency and explains that following the laws of war is both morally and strategically beneficial. The book posits that law and counterinsurgency are not only united, they actively reinforce one another.
Sitaraman, Ganesh, "2013 Palmer Prize Winner - The Counterinsurgent's Constitution: Law in the Age of Small Wars" (2013). The Palmer Prize Lecture. 2.