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.