Mark Kukis
Assistant Professor, Social Sciences, Minerva Schools at KGI

Mark Kukis is a non-resident fellow at the Quincy Institute and Assistant Professor of Social Sciences at the Minerva Schools, where he teaches government. He is the author of Voices from Iraq: A People’s History, 2003-2009 (2011). The book is an oral history of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq as told entirely by Iraqis. Kukis spent a decade as a journalist before joining academia, including three years covering the US occupation of Iraq for Time magazine from 2006 to 2009. He also covered the early phase of the US intervention in Afghanistan as a freelance journalist and, prior to that, served as a White House correspondent for United Press International. His writings have also appeared in The New Republic and Salon, among other places.

Written by Mark Kukis

A demonstrator uses a shield for protection against water cannons during an anti-government protest taking place outside the parliament in Bangkok, Thailand, on 17 November 2020. Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters

Essay/
War and peace
Unrest in your backyard

Rich nations with strong governments can no longer assume that political violence is a problem for other, poorer countries

Mark Kukis

US soldiers inside a Stryker fighting vehicle return to base, Baghdad, Iraq, June 2008. Photo by Moises Saman/Magnum

Essay/
History
The myth of victory

War isn’t like it used to be. Victory is more elusive, and a strong military doesn’t count as much

Mark Kukis

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