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Proxy War Research: Progress, Pitfalls and Promises

The Middle East Studies Forum invites you to the webinar ‘Proxy War Research: Progress, Pitfalls and Promises’ presented by Dr Vladimir Rauta from the University of Reading (UK).

This session is organised as part of our project on ‘Proxy Wars in the Middle East and South Asia’, sponsored by Carnegie Corporation New York (grant no. G-18-55949).

Proxy wars research has been growing exponentially over the last decade in reference to the phenomenon’s empirical spread. From the Middle East to the Horn of Africa, and overlapping with a range of conflict scenarios such as great power competition and the ‘by-with-through’ COIN paradigm, proxy wars are ‘all the rage’.

In Dr Rauta’s recent work, he has suggested we think about the proxy war literature as having developed across generations. In doing so, Dr Rauta underlines the successful progress of the debate, instead of emphasising shortcomings or problems.

Entitled ‘Proxy War Research: Progress, Pitfalls, and Promises’, this talk pushes the argument further by probing some conceptual, theoretical, and empirical aspects concerning how we’ve been studying proxy wars, whose clarification yields the benefit of drawing the contours of a cumulated, creative, and cross-disciplinary future research agenda.

You can access the webinar flyer here.

Speaker bio:

Vladimir Rauta is a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Reading. He holds a PhD from the University of Nottingham. He researches proxy wars and has published articles in the RUSI Journal, International Relations, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, and the Cambridge Review of International Affairs. He is currently working on a book project analysing the contemporary dynamics of proxy wars out in 2021 with I. B. Tauris.


17 September 2020
Melbourne: 5pm GMT +10 hours
Reading: 8am GMT +1 hour
Please join us via Zoom*

Please RSVP to by 15 September 2020

*Attendees will be provided with a Zoom link and password to access the webinar via a calendar invite sent to the email address registered with on the 16 September 2020

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