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Dr. Maiah Jaskoski
Maiah Jaskoski

Status
Assistant Professor

Contact
majaskos@nps.edu

Curriculum Vitae
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Research Interests
Latin American Politics; Comparative Politics; military roles; natural resource conflict; security privatization; and theories of organization 

Biography

Maiah Jaskoski (Ph.D. in Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, 2008) is Assistant Professor of National Security Affairs. She specializes in state-society relations in Latin America.

Jaskoski’s recent book, Military Politics and Democracy in the Andes (Johns Hopkins University Press 2013), focuses on the question of why at different times the Ecuadorian and Peruvian armies have neglected their assigned counterinsurgency mission. Employing theories of organization, the book’s main finding is that the two armies are constrained in their ability to carry out this mission by their overwhelming concern with predictability for officers and soldiers on patrol. This conclusion runs counter to the expectations that armed forces try to maximize their budgets, and that in the interest of maintaining professionalism, militaries actively fight external enemies and insurgents.

In other work, Jaskoski has contributed to the conceptualization and measurement of civilian control of the armed forces in post-transition settings. She has also analyzed the direct capture of the state security apparatus by the private sector, studying how private mining and hydrocarbon companies procure military security services by paying off local military units in Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia.

Jaskoski’s current book project examines mobilization around new extraction. The research emphasizes structural characteristics of mining and hydrocarbon projects and institutions governing community participation during the project approval stage.

Jaskoski’s collaborative work includes American Crossings: Border Politics in the Western Hemisphere (forthcoming 2015, Johns Hopkins University Press), which explores the complex interplay among four facets of borders that traditionally have been treated separately: external limits demarcating sovereignty, boundaries of internal security and the rule of law, spaces of economic transactions, and lines defining imagined communities. She is coeditor, coauthor of the volume’s introduction and conclusion, and sole author of a chapter on how Colombian insurgents have powerfully defined and enforced the Colombia-Ecuador borderline. 

Selected Publications

Books

  • Jaskoski, Maiah. 2013. Military Politics and Democracy in the Andes. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Edited Volumes

  • Jaskoski, Maiah, Arturo C. Sotomayor, and Harold A. Trinkunas. Forthcoming 2015. American Crossings: Border Politics in the Western Hemisphere. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Jaskoski, Maiah. 2014. “Environmental Licensing and Conflict in Peru’s Mining Sector: A Path-Dependent Analysis.” World Development 64 (December): 873–883.
  • Jaskoski, Maiah. 2013. “Private Financing of the Military: A Local Political Economy Approach.” Studies in Comparative International Development 48, no. 2 (June): 172–195.
  • Jaskoski, Maiah. 2012. “Public Security Forces with Private Funding: Local Army Entrepreneurship in Peru and Ecuador.” Latin American Research Review 47, no. 2: 79–99.
  • Jaskoski, Maiah. 2012. “The Ecuadorian Army: Neglecting a Porous Border while Policing the Interior.” Latin American Politics and Society 54, no.1 (Spring): 127–157.
  • Jaskoski, Maiah. 2012. “Civilian Control of the Armed Forces in Democratic Latin America: Military Prerogatives, Contestation, and Mission Performance in Peru.” Armed Forces and Society 38, no. 1 (January): 70–91.

Refereed Book Chapters

  • Jaskoski, Maiah. Forthcoming 2015. “The Colombian FARC in Northern Ecuador: Borderline and Borderland Dynamics.” In Maiah Jaskoski, Arturo C. Sotomayor, and Harold A. Trinkunas, eds., American Crossings: Border Politics in the Western Hemisphere. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Jaskoski, Maiah, Arturo C. Sotomayor, and Harold A. Trinkunas. Forthcoming 2015. “Borders in the Americas: Theories and Realities.” In Maiah Jaskoski, Arturo C. Sotomayor, and Harold A. Trinkunas, eds., American Crossings: Border Politics in the Western Hemisphere. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Jaskoski, Maiah, Arturo C. Sotomayor, and Harold A. Trinkunas. Forthcoming 2015. “Conclusion.” In Maiah Jaskoski, Arturo C. Sotomayor, and Harold A. Trinkunas, eds., American Crossings: Border Politics in the Western Hemisphere. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Jaskoski, Maiah. 2015. “The Military Protection Markets in Peru and Ecuador: A Detailed Analysis.” In Molly Dunigan and Ulrich Petersohn, eds., The Markets for Force: Privatization of Security Across World Regions, 38–51. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

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