Check out my commentary on recent developments in Syria, after the chemical attack in Idlib and subsequent US air strikes, in two interviews with BBC Radio Oxford.
Over the course of Hilary Term and Trinity Term 2017, the Department of Politics and International Relations will convene a new seminar series on Ideas and Political Violence, with six planned seminars each term held on Thursdays at 4pm, in Lecture Room 6 at New College. We hope that participants and guest speakers may then continue the discussions over drinks at the Turf Tavern. The series will begin this term, in 2nd Week.
We have an exciting line-up of speakers for Hilary Term and would like to welcome interested attendees from across the university. The relationship between ideas and political violence is a key interdisciplinary interest of modern academia, and this seminar series will seek to capitalise on the expanding wave of new scholarship, bringing this into the DPIR’s research community and adding momentum to it by providing a forum for discussion between academic staff, graduate students, and visiting speakers on cutting-edge research work.
The Hilary Term seminars are listed below. Anyone interested in further information, should email one of the seminar convenors, Dr Elizabeth Frazer (email@example.com) and Dr Jonathan Leader Maynard (firstname.lastname@example.org).
2nd Week (26th January)
Peter Neumann (King's College London), The Crime Terror Nexus: European Jihadists and the New Convergence between Terrorism and Crime
3rd Week (2nd February)
Andrea Ruggeri (University of Oxford), Emotions, Ideology and Civil War
4th Week (9th February)
Roddy Brett (University of St. Andrews), The Dehumanisation-Rehumanisation Dynamic Shaping Political Violence and Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Latin America
5th Week (16th February)
Colin Covington (Society of Analytical Psychology), Flirting with Fantasies: Will Populist Politics Turn Fantasies into Violent Realities?
6th Week (23rd February)
No seminar as dates clash with the International Studies Association Conference
7th Week (2nd March)
Kimberly Hutchings (Queen Mary University of London) and Elizabeth Frazer (University of Oxford), Violence and Nonviolence in Contentious Politics
8th Week (9th March)
Roger Griffin (Oxford Brookes University), The Destructive Power of Manichean Ideologies
Coming Up in Trinity Term: Nick Hewlett (Warwick), Siniša Malešević (University College Dublin), Laia Balcells (Duke University), Alex Bellamy (University of Queensland)
Below are listed all my speaking appearances over the course of Oxford's Hilary Term 2017:
- Sexual Violence and Gender in Conflict (International Security and Conflict, Undergraduate Paper), Monday 16th January, 13.00, Exam Schools
- A History of the Present: International Politics since 1990 (IR Core Course 214, Undergraduate Paper), Wednesday 18th January, 12.00, Exam Schools
- Germany and the Origins of the Second World War (IR in the Era of Two Worlds Wars 212, Undergraduate Paper), Monday 13th February, 11.00, Exam Schools
- Culture Wars (PPE Prelims Lectures, Undergraduate Paper), Wednesday 1st March, 10.00, Exam Schools
- Humanitarian Intervention (IR Core Course 214, Undergraduate Paper), Wednesday 8th March, 12.00, Exam Schools
- The Comparative Study of Perpetrator Ideologies (Oxford Seminar for the Study of Violence), Monday 30th January, 17.00, Wolfson College
- Comparing Theories of Civilian Victimization (Oxford International Relations Society), Wednesday 1st March, 19.30, Trinity College
- The Role of Ideology and Propaganda in Mass Killing (Politics and Media Research Group, Bournemouth University), Wednesday 8th February, 16.00, Trinity College
Hear my thoughts on the current effort to take Mosul off Islamic State/Daesh, in an interview with BBC Radio Oxford:
Below are listed all my speaking appearances over the course of Oxford's Michaelmas Term 2016:
- The Origins of the First World War (IR in the Era of Two World Wars 212, Undergraduate Paper), Monday 10th October, 11.00, Exam Schools
- The Origins of the Cold War (IR in the Cold War 213, Undergraduate Paper), Friday 14th October, 11.00, Exam Schools
- Cold War, Peaceful Coexistence and Containment (IR in the Cold War 213, Undergraduate Paper), Friday 21st October, 11.00, Exam Schools
- Terrorism (International Relations and Security, Undergraduate Paper), Monday 24th October, 14.00, Exam Schools
- Social Constructivism (IR Core Course 214, Undergraduate Paper), Wednesday 16th November, 12.00, Exam Schools
- Mass Atrocities and Genocide (International Relations and Security, Undergraduate Paper), Monday 21st November, 14.00, Exam Schools
- Critical and Marxist Approaches to IR (IR Core Course 214, Undergraduate Paper), Wednesday 23rd November, 12.00, Exam Schools
- Germany and the Origins of the Second World War (IR in the Era of Two Worlds Wars 212, Undergraduate Paper), Monday 28th November, 11.00, Exam Schools
- Culture and Identity in International Security (IR Core Course 214, Undergraduate Paper), Wednesday 30th November, 12.00, Exam Schools
- The Role of Ideology in Mass Atrocities (Changing Character of War Programme Seminar Series), Tuesday 15th November, Manor Road Building - Seminar Room G
- The Study of Ideology in International Relations (International Relations Colloquium), Thursday 1st December, Manor Road Building
Over the last week I was interviewed twice by Jonny Gould for talkRADIO on the tragic attacks in Brussels, Belgium and Lahore, Pakistan. You can hear my views on what the attacks tell us about the current terrorist threat, and how to respond, by listening to the two interviews through the links below:
I'm delighted to announce that my article 'Dangerous Speech and Dangerous Ideology: An Integrated Model for Monitoring and Prevention', co-authored with Susan Benesch of Harvard University, has been published in Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal.
The article examines the role of speech and ideology in causing mass atrocities and genocide, and offers a framework for identifying the major risk factors associated with certain forms of speech and ideology.
You can access the article here.
OXPOL, the politics blog of the University of Oxford, have just published a post in which I pose questions to Professor Jonathan Wright about his excellent new book (co-authored with Steven Casey) Mental Maps in the Era of Detente and the End of the Cold War 1968-91.
You can read the full post here: http://blog.politics.ox.ac.uk/mental-maps/.
Many students and scholars are interested in studying ideology, but there are few available introductory volumes or reading lists to give methodological and theoretical guidance. My website will now contain a reading list, which I will continue to update, on my 'Teaching' page. You can check out the current version here:
I have had a piece published by the New Statesman discussing the paucity of debates over alternatives to either fully replacing Britain's independent nuclear deterrent. You can access the full article here.
Below are listed all my speaking appearances over the course of Oxford's Michaelmas Term 2015:
- The Origins of the First World War (IR in the Era of Two World Wars 212, Undergraduate Paper), Monday 12th October, 11.00, Exam Schools
- Cold War, Peaceful Coexistence and Containment (IR in the Cold War 213, Undergraduate Paper), Friday 23rd October, 11.00, Exam Schools
- Social Constructivism (IR Core Course 214, Undergraduate Paper), Wednesday 4th November, 12.00, Exam Schools
- Critical and Marxist Approaches to IR (IR Core Course 214, Undergraduate Paper), Wednesday 18th November, 12.00, Exam Schools
- Culture and Identity in International Security (IR Core Course 214, Undergraduate Paper), Wednesday 25th November, 12.00, Exam Schools
- Germany and the Origins of the Second World War (IR in the Era of Two Worlds Wars 212, Undergraduate Paper), Monday 30th November, 11.00, Exam Schools
- Towards an Integrated Theory of Ideology, (Re-energizing ideology studies: the maturing of a discipline), Friday 27th October to Saturday 28th October, University of Nottingham
My comment piece on the UK governments current effort to combat terrorism and ideological radicalization was in today's copy of the Independent newspaper, under: "The Government doesn't understand terrorism — and it's making things worse".
You can read the online version here.
Podcast on 'Unlike Minds: Ideology, Political Violence and Armed Conflict' at the Oxford Transitional Justice Research Seminar series
My talk to the Oxford Transitional Justice Research Seminar series of 26 January 2015 on 'Unlike Minds: Ideology, Political Violence and Armed Conflict' is now available to listen as a podcast. The talk discusses some work in progress of mine concerned with refining understandings of the causal links between ideology, violence and conflict, how the role of ideology should be conceptualised, and how we can better grapple with the ideological diversity of different participants in violence and conflict.
The podcast can be accessed by following the link here.
Liberal Wars: Anglo-American strategy, ideology and practice (Routledge), edited by Alan Cromartie at the University of Reading, has just been published (click title for more info). My chapter considers the similarities between the ways liberal states and non-liberal states have ideologically justified violence against civilians, focusing particularly on British and American aerial bombing in World War II and the post-war era. Other contributors include Richard Overy, Lawrence Freedman, Frank G. Hoffman, Owen Thomas, Patrick Porter and Allan Silver.
I am pleased to announce that I have accepted a new five-year Departmental Lectureship in International Relations in the Department of Politics and International Relations (and also attached to New College) at the University of Oxford. As part of the post I will continue lecturing on the IR Core paper and tutoring at New College, Oxford. I will now also lecture on the other IR undergraduate papers, and help teach the MPhil in International Relations graduate course. I will take up the post on 1st September 2015.