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HIS 04 — Twenty Years of War: The Causes and Costs of the Post-9/11 Wars

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Jun 20—Aug 1
Time: 5:30—7:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jun 22
Unit: 1
Tuition: $380
Instructor(s): Jennifer Greenburg
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
Please Note: No class on July 4
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Live Online(About Formats)
5:30—7:30 pm (PT)
Jun 20—Aug 1
6 weeks
Refund Date
Jun 22
1 Unit
Jennifer Greenburg
Please Note: No class on July 4
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
In August 2021, the world witnessed the implosion of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan into a chaotic airlift, a terrorist attack that killed thirteen US service members and at least 170 Afghans, and a drone strike the Pentagon later called a “mistake” that killed ten civilians. This course will perform an autopsy of the twenty years of war that prefigured these events. How did the post-9/11 wars start? What have been the costs of these wars and what will they cost in the future? How has the war on terror morphed and expanded over the past two decades? In contrast to popular and media interpretations of the Kabul airlift marking the “end” of the post-9/11 wars, we will instead focus on how these wars have transformed and continue as we enter their third decade.

Course materials will include research papers from the Costs of War Project; recent scholarly publications on the war on terror in Africa, drones, and how the US military has shaped the world; and journalistic accounts of how the wars have transformed American politics. This course is open to anyone seeking to better understand the twenty years since the 9/11 attacks. Through lively and respectful virtual classroom discussions and reading responses, students will come away with a deeper understanding of the causes, consequences, and costs of the post-9/11 wars.

THINK Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford

Jennifer Greenburg is a scholar at Stanford's Civic, Liberal, and Global Education program and is affiliated with the Center for International Security and Cooperation. She is the author of At War with Women: Military Humanitarianism and Imperial Feminism in an Era of Permanent War (forthcoming). She received a PhD in geography from UC Berkeley.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.