Author Archives: Stuart Schrader

About Stuart Schrader

Stuart Schrader is a postdoctoral fellow in global American studies at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University. He is working on a book currently titled “American Streets, Foreign Territory: Counterinsurgency, Police, and the War on Crime,” which argues that the U.S. program of Cold War assistance to police in Third World countries shaped domestic efforts to professionalize and reform police in response to fears of rising crime and civil unrest. Schrader’s dissertation, from which the book grows, was awarded finalist mention for the Ralph Henry Gabriel Dissertation Prize from the American Studies Association.

To Secure the Global Great Society: Participation in Pacification

In March 1971, a high-ranking U.S. official reflected on the past several years of novel poverty-alleviation programming. He described how the twinned mandate of “maximum participation of the people” and the “encouragement of local government institutions” formed the cornerstone of efforts to ameliorate dismal socioeconomic conditions that had for too long left many citizens bereft of hope for the future. Even worse, the desperate had been turning to violent means of social transformation. In many cities, he noted, a situation of “volatility”—unemployment among the “urban Continue reading → Continue reading →