Debbie Lisle | Reflections on Researching Border Security Technologies

This paper reflects on two funded research projects examining how science and ethics shape the development and deployment of border security technologies in the EU. It examines the different phases of research, development, testing, deployment and maintenance of border security technologies in order to see how different practitioners (e.g. computer engineers; border guards) engage with

Nicholas Coghlan | South Sudan Today

Despite the signature of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan in 2015, the humanitarian and economic situation on the ground remains dire. What is the state of peace implementation today? How is the economic crisis affecting the people? What are the prospects for justice and reconciliation in that context? Nicholas

César Torres and Kimberly Inksater | Building Peace with Justice in Colombia

After almost 60 years of war, Colombia may be on the verge of peace. On November 2012, the Colombian Government and the guerrilla group FARC (Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia) began formal peace talks. The parties have advanced in four of the five main points on the agenda and have set for themselves a deadline

Charles Lister | The Syrian Jihad

Charles Lister is a Fellow at the Middle East Institute, where he focuses on terrorism, insurgency and sub-state security threats across the Middle East. He is also a Senior Consultant to The Shaikh Group’s Syria Track II Initiative, within which he has managed over two years of face-to-face engagement with the leaderships of over 100

Maya Eichler | Seeing Gender in Private Security

The increasing reliance on private military and security companies in contemporary conflict and peacekeeping raises a host of new issues for feminist scholars and activists. In recent years, a new set of critical gender scholarship has emerged that examines gender as a central aspect of security privatization. In parallel, the private security industry has begun

Susan Spronk and Melisa Handl | Conditional Cash Transfers and Female Empowerment

Conditional cash transfers (CCTs) are one of the most important trends in contemporary social policy in countries in the South, having become the standard model for delivery of social services. CCTs have been praised by their promoters due to the low cost of delivery, their relatively high impact on reducing inequality, and their positive effects

Eric Grynaviski | Pig and Papists: On the Informal Origins of American Imperialism

Traditional theories about the origins of imperialism focus on political elites, either in the metropole or the periphery, asking whose interests drive imperial rule. Through an exploration of American Empire in the Pacific, this paper argues that imperialism may be reflective of the agents who navigate between societies rather than those with influence within metropole

Eleonara Mattiacci | Turbulent Times: Volatility in Foreign Policy

<iframe width="100%" height="300" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src=""></iframe> Under what conditions do states shift inconsistently between acts of cooperation and conflict that is, engage in volatile foreign policy behavior? Even fierce rivals such as India and Pakistan often alternate inconsistently between military clashes and bilateral trade or security agreements. Yet IR studies often overlook volatility in

On the Road to Afghanada: Militarisation and Popular Culture in Canada

The Global War on Terror launched in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on the United States has had a series of perverse effects. At its most egregious, it has licensed the return of torture and political assassination (now known as ‘targeted killing’), as well as the widespread degradation of personal privacy. Closely tied to

Richard French | Realism, Pessimism, Tragedy And Hope

Realism is often misunderstood as encouraging a passive or fatalist attitude toward progress in human affairs: pessimism as resignation. An examination of the some of the most penetrating thinkers in the pessimistic tradition shows otherwise. A common tradition of pessimism and tragedy reveals a world-view which insists on the imperative of struggle in the face