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"Debunking the Reciprocity Myth" - Lecture by Ian Fishback

Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Time: 5:00pm

Location: Taylor 102

Description of Lecture: Reciprocity-based accounts of POW treaties focus on rational design and reciprocity between interstate dyads.  I will challenge this paradigm and argue that both foci are not very helpful for understanding the international legal regime germane to POW treatment.  Instead, I will argue that norms are far more important to understanding how states design and enforce POW treaties. 

Bio: Ian Fishback graduated from West Point in 2001 and subsequently served four combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as an Infantry and Special Forces officer.  In 2006, he was named one of TIME magazine's 100 most influential people in the world for taking a stand against torture.  He also earned a dual M.A. in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Michigan, taught ethics at West Point from 2012-2015, and is currently completing his PhD at the University of Michigan.

Sponsors: International Studies, Department of Philosophy, Department of Political Science, and the Vassar-West Point Initiative