David N. Gibbs

Professor of History
University of Arizona
PhD in Political Science, 1989, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Email: dgibbs@arizona.edu
Contact Information

Recent Book: First Do No Harm: Humanitarian Intervention and the Destruction of Yugoslavia
Vanderbilt University Press, 2009.
Here are reviews in the Washington Times and the Croatian Political Science Review.
See book presentation on C-SPAN Book TV.
See also excerpts from reviews of First Do No Harm.

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Courses Offered

My Curriculum Vitae

Publications on Afghanistan

Debate on the CIA and Academe

Debate on Political Bias in International Relations Research

Guide To Using Declassified Documents


See right-wing attacks on David Gibbs by Breitbart News and Accuracy in Media;
also see an international petition to the Croatian President condemning Gibbs' writing on the Balkans.


Recent Articles/Interviews/Lectures:

D. Gibbs, "Do We Still Need NATO?" Real News Network, December 4, 2019.
For full video and interview transcript, click here.

D. Gibbs debates Michael Chertoff, former US Secretary of Homeland Security
"Is Humanitarian Intervention a Contradiction in Terms?"
Oxford Union Society, Oxford University, March 4, 2019.
For debate description, click here. For a debate transcript, click here. For the full video, click here.
For Turkish translation of debate transcript, click here

D. Gibbs, "Student Demands at Sarah Lawrence Will Have Negative Impact,"
letter to the editor, Chronicle of Higher Education, March 18, 2019.
For full text, click here.

D. Gibbs, "Is NATO the Bad Guy in Europe?" 
Interview with WORT, Madison, WI, July 11, 2018. For audio, click here.

D. Gibbs, "Does NATO Confront Threats or Create Them?
Professor David Gibbs of the University of Arizona argues that the alliance creates threats that previously didn't exist,"
The Real News, May 27, 2017, For video, click here,

D. Gibbs, "Interview with Noam Chomsky:Why Donald Trump is Pushing the
Doomsday Clock to the Brink of Midnight," Salon, April 3, 2017. 
Also appeared in Afrique-AsieCanadian DimensionSri Lankan Guardian, and Counterpunch.
For full text, click here. For French translation, click here. For Japanese translation, click here.

D. Gibbs, Interview with Joan Brunwasser, "Trump Might Actually Be Right about NATO?"
OpedNews, July 23, 2016. For full text click here.

D. Gibbs, "Why the Srebrenica Massacre Should not be Used
as an Excuse for Intervention," History News Network, December 27, 2015.
For full text, click here.

D. Gibbs, "How the Srebrenica Massacre Redefined US Foreign Policy,"
Class, Race, and Corporate Power 3, no. 2, 2015. For full text click here.
Responses by John Theis, Scott Laderman, Jean Bricmont,
Latha Varadarajan, Kees van der Pijl, and John Feffer, click here.
Response by D. Gibbs, click here.

D. Gibbs, "The Srebrenica Precedent: The Srebrenica Massacre was a Tragic Event,
but for the Last Twenty Years, It's been Used to Justify more War and US Intervention,"
Jacobin, July 6, 2015. For full text, click here.

D. Gibbs, "Not so Open and Shut [concerning JFK assassination]," letter to the editor, 
Economist, November 30, 2013.
For full text, click here.

D. Gibbs, "Celebrating French Intervention in Mali:
Media Overlooked Role of 'War on Terror' in Sparking Crisis," Extra, April 1, 2013.
For full text, click here.

D. Gibbs, "The Balkan Wars," Economist, January 19, 2013.
Published as lead letter to the editor. For full text click here.
The Economist ran a response to my letter, in a subsequent edition (click here for full text of response).

D. Gibbs, "Welcome to the Balkan Propaganda Machine," Antiwar.com, June 11, 2012.
For full text, click here. For German translation, click here. For Czech translation, click here.

D. Gibbs, "Libya and the New Warmongering," Foreign Policy in Focus, January 12, 2012.
For full text, click here. For German translation, click here. For Spanish translation, click here.
Published with reply by Michael Bérubé; for debate and exchange, click here

D. Gibbs, "The 'Decent Left' and the Libya Intervention: A Reply to Michael Bérubé,"
Counterpunch, November 25-27, 2011. Reprinted in Afrique-Asie (online edition).
For full text, click here. For French translation, click here.

D. Gibbs, "Pompous Rhetoric and Realpolitik: Power Politics, NATO, and the Libyan Intervention,"
Counterpunch, September 15, 2011. Reprinted in  Cafrande Kültür Sanat ve Hayat.
For full text, click here. For Turkish translation, click here.

D. Gibbs, "Kosovo, a Template for Disaster: The Idea that Kosovo is a Model for Humanitarian
Intervention in Libya is Based on a Series of Myths," London Guardian, March 21, 2011.
Reprinted in the Qatar Tribune, The Daily Star (Bangladesh), and De Staandard (Belgium).
For full text click here. For Russian translation, click here. For Flemish translation, click here

D. Gibbs, "Are Humanitarian Interventions really Humanitarian?", lecture in Sedona, Arizona,
December 17, 2009. For a Youtube video, click here.

D. Gibbs, televised lecture on his 2009 book, First Do No Harm, CSPAN  Book TV,
September 8, 2009. For video, click here.