Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Upcoming Intervention and Statebuilding Seminar

Details below about our next seminar - all are welcome.

20th October, 18:00, Westminster Forum (5th Floor 32-38 Wells Street)
“Getting it wrong on Kosovo: A bad case of coercive consociationalism?
Arben Qirezi, National University of Ireland Galway

Friday, 7 October 2011

Assessing the Impact of 9/11 Ten Years On: Presentations Available to View

Hi all,

This was a very sucessful event and we were delighted with the enourmous turnout.  Thanks to all those who came along. Please check the blog for details of our next event.
Below are video recordings of the speakers presentations; just click the title for each video.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

9/11 and the Revival of Geopolitics

Dr Thomas Moore, Department of Politics and International Relations

9/11 revived geopolitics. Whilst many scholars of International Relations have tinkered with the normative landscape of liberal international order or endlessly deliberated on anarchy as an imagined or constructed entity, the ‘real’ political ontology is geopolitics.  The new geopolitical discourse that has emerged from the post-9/11 landscape has thrown into question the capacity of international orders to function in terms of homogeneity. Difference is our international political condition and the security politics initiated in the aftermath of September 11 are essentially built around these differences.

The Impact of 9/11 on European Immigration Policy

Dr Patricia Hogwood, Reader in European Politics, Department of Politics and International relations

9/11 sparked a fear of immigrants as a security threat
In Europe, fear of foreigners is nothing new.  Back in the 1980s, Europe’s media portrayed immigrants as an economic threat, taking jobs from locals and overloading welfare state provision of social housing, health and education services.  Public sympathy for the plight of asylum seekers evaporated under a growing suspicion that ‘false’ asylum seekers were coming here not because they faced any real danger in their home countries,

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

The Strategic Irrelevance of 9/11

Professor Roland Dannreuther, Head of Department of Politics and International Relations

The French scholar, Raymond Aron, observed that ‘an act of violence is labelled “terrorist” when its psychological effects are out of proportion to its purely physical results’. This understanding of the internal meaning of terrorism reveals both the strategic significance of the terrorist acts of 9/11 and their ultimate strategic irrelevance.

Saturday, 1 October 2011

9/11 and the Reconstitution of Order and Meaning

David Chandler, Security and IR Programme

Jean Baudrillard – The Spirit of Terrorism

At a pinch, we can say that they did it, but we wished for it. If this is not taken into account, the event loses any symbolic dimension. It becomes a pure accident, a purely arbitrary act, the murderous phantasmagoria of a few fanatics, and all that would then remain would be to eliminate them…