Dr Sarah von Billerbeck – new journal article

Dr Sarah von Billerbeck has co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding (vol. 11, issue 3, 2017) published by Taylor & Francis Online, entitled ‘Legitimacy in Conflict’ with Birte Julia Gippert. It examines a variety of aspects of legitimacy in situations of conflict and post-conflict peacebuilding, and Sarah also contributed an article entitled ‘UN Peace Operations and Conflicting Legitimacies.

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Dr Georgina Holmes – new article

Dr Georgina Holmes’ new article has been published by Taylor & Francis Online 2017, ‘The Commonwealth, Gender and Peacekeeping’, The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, Vol 106 Issue 3, pp. 1-17

Reflecting on the strategic commitment outlined in the Plan of Action for Gender Equality (2005-2015) and the priority issues of the Commonwealth Women’s Forum, this article assesses the extent to which the Commonwealth as an institution is supporting troop and police-contributing member states in addressing the gender imbalance in peacekeeping operations.

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Breezes picking up: six months into a presidency like no other

I’ve just been scanning the latest headlines on President Trump and a presidency that history may well record as the car crash to end all car crashes. In the past few days he has publicly humiliated his Attorney General, while his Secretary of State is rumoured to be on the verge of quitting. His Press Secretary – and a senior assistant in that team – have quit, to be replaced by a Wall Street financier with no communications experience (but who appears to be straight out of central casting for The Godfather).

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Yanos Soubieski – new publication

Yanos’ paper has now been published in ‘Language Studies Working Papers’ (LSWP) titled ‘Language and Loneliness in Althusserian Thought’.  This paper outlines how Althusserian thought accounts for power dynamics within language. It aims to reconcile loneliness and Althusser’s theory of interpellation by exploring ways the subject is formed in the ‘language of the other’.

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Dr Adam Humphreys – new publication

Dr Adam Humphreys’ new book, The Anarchical Society at 40: Contemporary Challenges and Prospects, has just been published by Oxford University Press.

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The book re-examines Hedley Bull’s classic text The Anarchical Society, forty years after it was first published in 1977. The Anarchical Society is considered one of the classic texts in International Relations, although it does not address contemporary political issues such as terrorism, global financial crises, climate change, the impact of the internet revolution, deep-rooted racial inequalities, and violence against women. Dr Humphreys’ new book examines how far The Anarchical Society continues to illuminate world politics and how well Bull’s method and argument stand up today. It argues that although many of Bull’s substantive judgments require updating, his approach remains valuable, not only for thinking about enduring problems of violence and security, but also, as a starting point, for thinking about many issues that Bull himself neglected.

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What is wrong with Donald Trump’s denial of climate change?

By Professor Catriona McKinnon (Director, Leverhulme Programme in Climate Justice)

Later this week, a climate denier will become the President of the United States. Donald Trump claims that ‘nobody really knows’ whether climate change is happening, and has asserted in the past that climate change is a hoax. To make things worse, Trump has filled his cabinet with several climate deniers, and his transition team have raised fears of a ‘witch hunt’ of climate experts in the Department for Energy.

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What is new and what is nationalist about Europe’s ‘new nationalism’?

By Dr Daphne Halikiopoulou (Associate Professor in Comparative Politics)

The success of several new parties with a broadly nationalist agenda has prompted some authors to speak of the rise of a ‘new nationalism’ in European politics. But what is new and what is nationalist about Europe’s ‘new nationalism’? Daphne Halikiopoulou argues that while the rhetoric of these parties is indeed centred on nationalism, the drivers of support are neither new nor necessarily nationalism-related. What is new is the ability of far right parties to seize the opportunities created by economic and political insecurities using ideological rather than biological justifications of national belonging, thus successfully appealing to mainstream voters.

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The truth about John Bercow’s comments at the University of Reading

Dr Mark Shanahan (Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, University of Reading)

There was a point when I turned to the Rt Hon John Bercow MP, during a public discussion event at the University of Reading, and asked him if he felt he had been at the centre of history as MPs debated the Bill to trigger Brexit.

His answer was clear, candid and probably more revealing than I had expected. It was the mark of an evening where the Speaker of the House of Commons opened-up more than any previous ‘Political Voice’ I had interviewed or listened to over the previous two years of this occasional programme. However open they were, I did not expect his comments to be the cause of a media furore over this past weekend.

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What is new and what is nationalist about the ‘new nationalism’?

The success of several new parties with a broadly nationalist agenda has prompted some authors to speak of the rise of a ‘new nationalism’ in European politics. But what is new and what is nationalist about Europe’s ‘new nationalism’? Daphne Halikiopoulou argues that while the rhetoric of these parties is indeed centred on nationalism, the drivers of support are neither new nor necessarily nationalism-related. What is new is the ability of far right parties to seize the opportunities created by economic and political insecurities using ideological rather than biological justifications of national belonging, thus successfully appealing to mainstream voters.

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Dr Long’s recent book named best book of 2016 by Foreign Affairs!

Dr Tom Long’s recent book entitled “Latin America Confronts the United States: Asymmetry and Influence” was named a Best Book of 2016 by Foreign Affairs.

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