SCF, Manatee-Sarasota Assistant Professor Releases Book on Terrorism

(Bradenton, Fla., Dec. 13, 2016) — Philip Travis, an assistant professor of History at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF), recently released a book titled “Reagan’s War on Terrorism in Nicaragua: The Outlaw State.” The book has been described as an important read for anyone interested in foreign policy and the war on terror.

The book examines the Reagan administration’s proxy war against Nicaragua and its use of the emergent threat of international terrorism as a pretext. It also analyzes the administration’s concept of international law and argues that its Nicaragua policy set a precedent for the U.S. War on Terror in the 21st century.

Jason Colby of the University of Victoria described the book as “a bold work by a promising young scholar.”

“Travis explores the connection between President Reagan’s Central America policy and the deeper patterns that led to the War on Terror. In addition to extensive research in U.S. archives, Travis incorporates interviews with key figures, including Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sanchez,” Colby said. “The result is a thoughtful and provocative work that will make many readers think differently about questions of terrorism and regime change. Many have written on Reagan’s war in Nicaragua, but few have connected it to the rhetoric that has come to define the War on Terror.”

Another scholar, Jeremy Suri of the University of Texas at Austin, said, “This is an original and very timely book for readers who care about Latin America, the Middle East, and contemporary foreign policy.”

Travis has launched discussions on the topic. His first discussion was scheduled for 12:15 p.m., Dec. 13 in the Bradenton Kiwanis Hall at the Manatee Performing Arts Center.

For more information on the book or to view Travis’ biography, visit


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