Dr. Margarita Konaev

Non-Resident Fellow, Modern War Institute at West Point

YOUNG PATRON EVENT: Fighting in the Streets: Urban Warfare, The New Battlefield

About the Topic

The future of war is in cities.

With the majority of the world’s population now living in urban areas, battlefields are finding new terrain. To name just a few recent examples of these new Stalingrads: Mosul, Aleppo, and Sana’a. Recognizing the shifting threat, U. S. Joint Special Operations command forces regularly train in lower Manhattan. How are tactics being adjusted to fight in densely populated areas? What advantages do insurgents have in urban settings? How can civilians be protected or are we heading into an era of collateral casualties not seen in many decades?

About the Speaker

Dr. Margarita Konaev is a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Strategic Studies in The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She is also a Non-Resident Fellow with the Modern War Institute at West Point. Her research focuses on international security, armed conflict, non-state actors, and urban warfare.

Dr. Konaev’s work has been published by the Journal of Global Security Studies, Modern War Institute, and the digital platform, War on the Rocks.