International Studies Speaker series continues Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Posted 01/20/12

Fitchburg State University’s International and Conflict Studies speaker series continues Monday, Feb. 6, when Monica Duffy Toft (pictured at right) presents “Resurgent Religion, Global Politics and Conflict Resolution” in Presidents' Hall at the Mazzaferro Center, 291 Highland Ave. The talk, at 7:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Toft is an associate professor of public policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Her research interests include religion and politics, nationalism and ethnic conflict, civil and interstate wars, the relationship between demography and national security, international relations theory, and military and strategic planning.

A 2008 Carnegie Scholar, Toft is the author of Securing The Peace: The Durable Settlement of Civil Wars and The Geography of Ethnic Conflict: Identity, Interests, and Territory. Most recently, she co-authored God's Century: Resurgent Religion and Global Politics. She is also co-editor of The Fog of Peace: Strategic and Military Planning under Uncertainty.

Toft was a research intern at the RAND Corporation and served in the U.S. Army in southern Germany as a Russian voice interceptor. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in political science and Slavic languages and literatures from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Toft is also director of the Belfer Center’s Initiative on Religion in International Affairs, which was established at the Kennedy School with a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

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