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Changing the World

Changing the WorldThe Fletcher School's Richard Shultz was recently recognized by The Boston Globe as one of a select group of Bostonians whose work is changing the world.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [05.19.06] In a recent article entitled "Bostonians Changing The World," The Boston Globe Magazine recognized notable Boston-area residents whose work has a wide-reaching impact. One of those profiled was The Fletcher School's Richard Shultz, a renowned expert on terrorism and international security.

"This city has a long, rich history of producing smart folks whose reach has been felt around the globe," the article said in introducing the featured Bostonians.

That includes the White House, where, according to the Globe Magazine, Shultz has had a direct impact. "Some of them used to be my students," he said to the Globe Magazine, referring to White House officials. "They still listen to me."

Shultz, a professor of international history at The Fletcher School, is also director of the school's International Security Studies Program, which includes the Jebsen Center for Counterterrorism Studies.

"The Tufts professor has been studying how to fight enemy insurgents since before most of us had even heard the term," the article explained. "His book on U.S. attempts at guerrilla warfare in Vietnam [The Secret War Against Hanoi: Kennedy and Johnson's Use of Spies, Saboteurs, and Covert Warriors in North Vietnam , 2000] changed historians' understanding of how John F. Kennedy tried to fight the war."

In August, Shultz's new book, Insurgents, Terrorists, and Militias: The Warriors of Contemporary Combat, is set for release. Co-authored with Andrea Dew, the book is already drawing praise. According to a review in Publishers Weekly, Shultz's book "describe[s] the reasons non-government combatants wage war, and the nontraditional approaches those combatants use."

Shultz and Dew, the review continued, "suggest ways that Pentagon policy makers and field commanders can mine historical, anthropological and cultural studies to understand shadowy enemies."

This approach is directly applicable to the ongoing conflict in Iraq. "The insurgency in Iraq was predictable," he said to the Globe Magazine. "If you looked at Iraq history, you would have seen it."

Shultz has been hailed for his unique insights into international intelligence and security, especially as global terrorism has become a more prominent threat in recent years.

"The concept he has helped pioneer, 'intelligence dominance,' relies on historians, diplomats and cultural experts as much as soldiers," the Globe Magazine explained.

Shultz is fervent in his belief that this is a new age of warfare that calls for different, smarter tactics.

"In wars of the future, you have to understand who it is that you are going to fight," Shultz told the Globe. "The problem is that the American way of war is still training for the conventional battlefield, and it has hurt them seriously."

 

 

 

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