Free France, Colonial Reform, and the Genesis of Cold War Counterinsurgency, 1941-1954

4:00 pm on Tuesday, March 21, 2023
5:15 pm on Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Pardee School of Global Studies, 121 Bay State Road
Bay State Room
Contact Organization:
Center for the Study of Europe
Contact Name:
Elizabeth Amrien
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Nate Grau
Join us for a "Europe in the World" lecture by Nate Grau. This series - an initiative of the Jean Monnet Chair in European Security and Defense, Kaija Schilde, explores human, national, and European security from specific disciplinary angles. The aim of the series is to prompt critical reflection by a larger public on human and regional security informed by cross-national experiences and a variety of disciplinary lenses as well as to introduce or emphasize EU perspectives into ongoing debates around security integration and global challenges. Nate Grau is a doctoral candidate in history at Harvard University and an Ernest May Fellow in History and Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs. He has been a Fulbright fellow at the Université Paris-Nanterre and holds previous degrees from Columbia University and New York University. His dissertation, "France's Forgotten Soldiers," examines the evolving roles of paramilitary forces in the French Army during decolonization conflicts in Madagascar, Indochina, and Algeria. His interests broadly include counterinsurgency, European Defense, and sectarian violence. He is particularly interested in the stories of indigenous soldiers who remained loyal to France during the wars of decolonization, and how they shaped the evolution and politicization of the French officer corps during that period.