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Dr. Thomas R. Mockaitis

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Dr. Thomas R. Mockaitis is a professor of history at DePaul University. He team-teaches terrorism and counterterrorism courses internationally with other experts through the Center for Civil-Military Relations at the Naval Post-Graduate School. He was the 2004 Eisenhower Chair at the Royal Military Academy of the Netherlands. He has also lectured at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization School, the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the Canadian Forces Staff College. He has presented papers at the Pearson Peacekeeping Center (Canada), the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (UK), and the Austrian National Defense Academy. A frequent media commentator on terrorism and security matters, Dr. Mockaitis has appeared on Public Television, National Public Radio, BBC World News, all major Chicago TV stations, and various local radio programs. He appears regularly as a terrorism expert for WGN-TV News. He is the 2008 recipient of the DePaul Liberal Arts and Sciences Cortelyou-Lowery Award for Excellence in Teaching, Scholarship, and Service. Dr. Mockaitis is the author of Avoiding the Slippery Slope: Mounting Interventions (Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, 2013), The Iraq War: A Documentary and Reference Guide (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio/Greenwood, 2012), Osama bin Laden: A Biography (Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2010), Iraq and the Challenge of Counterinsurgency (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2008), The “New” Terrorism: Myths and Reality (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2007), The Iraq War: Learning from the Past, Adapting to the Present, and Preparing for the Future (Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, 2007), Peacekeeping and Intrastate Conflict: the Sword or the Olive Branch? (Westport, CT: Praeger, 1999), British Counterinsurgency in the Post-Imperial Era (Manchester, UK: University of Manchester Press, 1995), and British Counterinsurgency: 1919-1960 (London, UK: Macmillan, 1990). He co-edited Grand Strategy and the War on Terrorism with Paul Rich, (London, UK: Frank Cass, 2003) and The Future of Peace Operations: Old Challenges for a New Century with Erwin Schmidl (a special issue of Small Wars and Insurgencies, London, UK: Taylor and Francis, 2004). He is an editor of Small Wars and Insurgencies and has also published numerous articles on unconventional conflict. His most recent work, an encyclopedia of the Iraq War, was published by ABC-Clio/Greenwood in August 2013. Dr. Mockaitis earned his B.A. in European history from Allegheny College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in modern British and Irish history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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SSI books and monographs by Dr. Thomas R. Mockaitis

  • Soldiers of Misfortune?

    May 13, 2014

    Authored by Dr. Thomas R. Mockaitis.
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    What roles have security contractors played in missions in Iraq and Afghanistan?

  • Avoiding the Slippery Slope: Conducting Effective Interventions

    June 04, 2013

    Authored by Dr. Thomas R. Mockaitis.
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    Operation ODYSSEY DAWN was the most recent in a long list of foreign interventions by the U.S. military. Difficult as such operations may be, the need for them remains a constant in international security. The author considers how to mount such interventions effectively without getting bogged down in protracted occupations that are costly in blood in and treasure.

  • Resolving Insurgencies

    June 17, 2011

    Authored by Dr. Thomas R. Mockaitis.
    How do insurgencies end? Through historical analysis of relevant case studies, the author tackles this challenging question, reaching the surprising conclusion that outright victory is seldom the answer.

  • The Iraq War: Learning from the Past, Adapting to the Present, and Planning for the Future

    February 23, 2007

    Authored by Dr. Thomas R. Mockaitis.
    The Iraq War has been the subject of heated political debate and intense academic scrutiny. Much argument has focused on the decision to invade and the size of the force tasked with the campaign.

  • Civil-Military Cooperation in Peace Operations: The Case of Kosovo

    October 01, 2004

    Authored by Dr. Thomas R. Mockaitis.
    The humanitarian intervention in Kosovo illustrates the challenges and possibilities of civil-military cooperation (CIMIC) in peace operations. Properly analyzed, this case study yields invaluable lessons that may inform the conduct of future missions. The current missions in Iraq and Afghanistan make this study timely and relevant.