HATTIESBURG, Miss. – A joint lecture investigating the differences between the United States’ and Britain’s reactions to insurgent warfare in the Pacific is set for Feb. 11 at The University of Southern Mississippi.
Sponsored by the Department of History’s faculty group for the Study of War and Society, the lecture kicks off its third annual lecture series at 6:30 p.m. in Room 101 of the Liberal Arts Building.
The group will continue its series of roundtables at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County with a discussion on Pakistan’s role in the War on Terror.
Admission is free. For more information about the lecture or roundtable, call 601.584.3166 or e-mail
Insurgent Warfare in the Pacific
In his lecture, ”British Counter Insurgency in the Far East: A Blueprint for Success Ignored in Vietnam?” Dr. Gary Sheffield, chair of War Studies at the University of Birmingham (U.K.), will discuss British counter insurgency in the Far East. Dr. Andrew Wiest, a professor of history at Southern Miss, will lecture on the United States’ counter-insurgency in Vietnam.
“Although it is difficult to draw direct connections between the present war in Iraq and the past, arguably, it was the United States’ reaction to the insurgent war in Vietnam that set us on the tactical path to the conflict that we face today,” said Wiest, who also serves as co-director for the Study of War and Society.
Wiest specializes in the study of modern military history, and his latest book, “Vietnam’s Forgotten Army: Heroism and Betrayal in the ARVN,” was released in December 2007 by New York University Press.
Sheffield, who is also an adjunct professor at The University of Southern Mississippi, specializes in modern British military history. His recent works include “Douglas Haig: War Diaries and Letters 1914-1918” and “Forgotten Victory: The First World War – Myths and Realities.”
Pakistan’s Role in the War on Terror
At the roundtable, Eric O’Donnell, visiting instructor of history at Southern Miss, will discuss “In the Line of Fire,” a memoir by Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf.
The book chronicles Pakistan’s involvement in the War on Terror, offering accounts of manhunts for al Qaeda leaders, near-miss assassination attempts, the abduction and beheading of Daniel Pearl and other issues surrounding Pakistan’s conflict.
Several copies of the book will be available for loan at the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County.
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