Author meets critics - Adam Moore's Empire's Labor

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Political Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/6/2020
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 5:55 PM
Room: Windows, Sheraton, IM Pei Tower, Second Floor Level
Organizers: Reece Jones
Chairs: Reece Jones


This is an author meets critics session for Adam Moore's book Empire's Labor: The Global Army That Supports U.S. Wars (2019 Cornell University Press).

Empire's Labor examines the lives of the global army of laborers who support US overseas wars. Empire's Labor brings us the experience of the hundreds of thousands of men and women who perform jobs such as truck drivers and administrative assistants at bases located in warzones in the Middle East and Africa. He highlights the changes the US military has undergone since the Vietnam War, when the ratio of contractors to uniformed personnel was roughly 1:6. In Afghanistan it has been as high as 4:1. This growth in logistics contracting represents a fundamental change in how the US fights wars, with the military now dependent on a huge pool of contractors recruited from around the world. It also, Moore demonstrates, has social, economic, and political implications that extend well beyond the battlefields.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Charmaine Chua University of California, Santa Barbara 10
Panelist Emily Gilbert University of Toronto 10
Panelist Richard Nisa Fairleigh Dickinson University 10
Panelist Wesley Attewell The University of British Columbia 10
Panelist Adam Moore UCLA 10

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