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Wilkes University’s Contemporary History Project Presents “Metropolitan Battlefields: Urban Conflict in Iraq Before and After the ‘Surge’” on Feb. 29

Wilkes University’s Contemporary History Project will present a lecture, “Metropolitan Battlefields: Urban Conflict in Iraq Before and After the ‘Surge’, ” on Feb. 29. It will be given by Dan Bisbee, a doctoral candidate in security and intelligence studies at the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School for Public and International Affairs. Bisbee will discuss major trends in urban conflict and provide an analysis of warfare and governance in the cities of Iraq over the past decade. The lecture will be held in the Miller Room of the Henry Student Center from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The lecture is open to the public and admission is free.

Topics to be explored in the lecture include episodes of U.S.-led counterinsurgency and reconstruction missions, and a review of the conditions that have enabled Islamic State militants to seize, hold, and govern Iraqi cities and territory. 

Bisbee’s work builds upon his service on the Baghdad Provincial Reconstruction Team as both a U.S. Army officer and a State Department political officer from 2005 to 2008.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in American history from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a master’s degree in world history from Pittsburgh. He is a native of Selinsgrove, Pa.

The Contemporary History Project at Wilkes University is an educational program operated under the auspices of the Division of Global History & Languages, which seeks to engage students and the community in the process of understanding the historical roots of contemporary issues. For more information contact Dr. Jonathan Kuiken at jonathan.kuiken@wilkes.edu.