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Article on planning for nuclear war makes cover of December AHR

New Columbia University Seminar on Big Data and Digital Scholarship

Hertog Global Strategy Initiative brings leading experts and policymakers on religious violence to New York City

Algerian lessons for the Syrian resistance

Connelly speaks at French Senate on 50th Anniversary of Algerian War

Connelly interviewed for Special Issue of Le Monde

Interview on Radio France International on the need for both France and Algeria
to Confront their Past

A Diplomatic Revolution Ten Years Later

Connelly speaks in Algiers on how Algeria Liberated France

Connelly debates UN priorities with UNFPA director

Connelly on PRI's The Takeaway with John Hockenberry

Washington Post on How World Population Grows, and Grows Old

Foreign Policy Magazine on UN's What-If Population Scenarios

BBC News on History of Population Control

Connelly hosts 3-part BBC Radio documentary "Controlling People," on history and future of population

Science reports on “youth bulge” debate

Radio France features week of debates and interviews on the Algerian war

Connelly interviewed on France 24 about L’Arme secrete du FLN





Fatal Misconception: The Struggle to Control World Population

Harvard University Press, 2008

An Economist Book of the Year
A Financial Times Book of the Year

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Fatal Misconception is the first global history of a movement that sought to remake humanity- seemingly with the best of intentions-but succeeded in causing untold suffering. Wealthy foundations, foreign aid agencies, and the United Nations made “family planning” a means to plan other people's families. Beginning with eugenics, the temptation to breed better people culminated in the sterilization camps of India and the horrors of China's one-child policy. This history, based on research in over fifty archives in seven countries, serves as a warning against what may be the even more dangerous experiments of the future, including coercive pro-natalism and genetic “enhancement.”




A Diplomatic Revolution: Algeria's Fight for Independence
and the Origins of the Post-Cold War Era

Oxford University Press, 2002
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A Diplomatic Revolution describes how rebels can harness their cause to global trends to isolate and defeat an empire. It happened a half century ago, at the height of the Cold War, when Algerian nationalists mobilized Muslim immigrants in France and across Europe, staged urban terror to attract the international media, and finally won over the U.N. without ever liberating national territory. Rewriting the rules of international relations, they inspired revolutionaries worldwide, including the ANC and the PLO. It is also a textbook case of how a counter-insurgency campaign can win all the battles and still lose the war.




L'arme secrète du FLN: Comment de Gaulle a perdu la
guerre d'Algérie


Payot & Rivages, 2011
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Comment le FLN a-t-il fait, alors que ses troupes étaient écrasées par l'armée française, pour amener de Gaulle et le gouvernement de la France à accepter l'indépendance ? La réponse se trouve bien au-delà des frontières de l'Algérie, car c'est sur la scène internationale que les nationalistes ont livré leurs combats les plus décisifs. Leurs meilleures armes furent psychologiques et médiatiques. Rapports sur les droits de l'homme, conférences de presse, congrès de la jeunesse, etc., furent utilisés pour alerter l'opinion mondiale et invoquer les lois internationales dans un contexte qui était également celui de la guerre froide. Soutenus par des pays aussi divers que l'Arabie Saoudite et la Chine communiste, les Algériens finirent par rallier une majorité contre la France aux Nations unies. Ainsi vinrent-ils à bout d'un président et d'un gouvernement désormais obsédés par l'impact de la guerre sur la réputation de leur pays à l'étranger. Un exemple pionnier qui allait inspirer l'OLP d'Arafat, ou encore l'ANC de Mandela.