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In collaboration with Professors Michael Klare and Uditi Sen, Beauchene analyzed the relationship between U.S. intervention and the spread of global terror
Maximilian Beauchene’s Division III thesis digs deep into military conflicts in three nations — Libya, Yemen, and Somalia — where the U.S. military has been involved in active campaigns. These countries have all undergone periods of instability and civil war, creating an environment ideal for terrorist cells such as al-Qaeda, ISIS, and al-Shabaab. Through his research, he found that American military intervention in each instance further destabilized the country and enabled random militias to evolve into sophisticated terrorist cells. Rather than providing stability, the U.S. presence delegitimizes the government in place, he found, leaving its citizens more likely to rely on militias to provide security amid the chaos.