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February 1, 2023

#YemenCan'tWait: Civil Actors and Justice Work in Yemen

Please join Security in Context with the OU Center for Middle East Studies and the OU Center for Peace and Development for, "#YemenCan'tWait: Civil Actors and Justice Work in Yemen," a talk with Stacey Philbrick Yadav.

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February 1, 2023

#YemenCan'tWait: Civil Actors and Justice Work in Yemen

Please join Security in Context with the OU Center for Middle East Studies and the OU Center for Peace and Development for, "#YemenCan'tWait: Civil Actors and Justice Work in Yemen," a talk with Stacey Philbrick Yadav.
January 28, 2023

Security in Context 2023 Events Lineup!

This year, we offer an exciting lineup of online webinars, in person conferences, guest lectures, online panels, and more. Here are some of the events we have in store for 2023. This page will be updated as more events are added. As always, please check the Events section of the website for more details on each event.
January 26, 2023

Not a Tropical Capitol

As Brazil struggles to understand an attempted coup d'état, it's clear that challenges to Latin America's largest democracy remain.
January 20, 2023

The Quasi-Inflation of 2021-2022: A Case of Bad Analysis and Worse Policies

The Quasi-Inflation of 2021-2022: A Case of Bad Analysis and Worse Policies is a talk with Dr. James Galbraith from the University of Texas, Austin.
January 16, 2023

Security in Context Podcast Episode 6: Two Years of Security in Context

What has Security in Context achieved in the past two years? And what does the future hold for the project?
January 10, 2023

February 1: Book Launch & Discussion: Kevin Funk's Rooted Globalism: Arab–Latin American Business Elites and the Politics of Global Imaginaries

An upcoming discussion of Kevin Funk's October 2022 book, titled "Rooted Globalism: Arab–Latin American Business Elites and the Politics of Global Imaginaries".
November 25, 2022

A Transformative Participatory Approach to Addressing the Syrian Conflict

Rabie Nasser's presentation about a participatory approach to the Syrian Conflict, in the session on "Insecurity in MENA" within the inaugural Security in Context conference titled Landscapes of Insecurity.
November 22, 2022

Increased US Intervention and Global Insecurity

Joshua Landis presents his study on US intervention's relationship with global insecurity, in the session on "Insecurity in MENA" within the inaugural Security in Context conference titled Landscapes of Insecurity that was held September 16th & 17th at the University of Oklahoma Norman in collaboration with the Center for Peace and Development.
November 7, 2022

Lula wins but Bolsonarismo remains: Ana Barreto on the 2022 Brazilian election

Security in Context's Roosbelinda Cárdenas interviews scholar Ana Barreto about Brazil's general elections, the results of which were finalized on October 30th, 2022.
November 7, 2022

Gender, Global Violence, and the Killing Power of Neocolonial Narratives: How Can Higher Ed Change The Frame?

In conversation with Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini and Omar Dahi.
October 20, 2022

Woman, Life, Freedom: A Feminist Movement Reimagines the World

While there is a long history of feminist activism in Iran, this new movement is striking in its departure from the more pragmatic and reform-oriented campaigns of the last several decades. The uprising is not against Islam or the choice to wear hijab; rather the protestors are refusing conscription into regimes of patriarchal authority and gender-differentiated citizenship.
October 10, 2022

Brazil, an Authoritarian Crossroads

Inspired by Trump, Bolsonaro will exploit Brazilian elections to foment violence.
October 10, 2022

How War Survivors Experience Time

War deeply impacts the experience of time for survivors. For society to prosper, the violent past, present, and future cannot be avoided. Hence, peacebuilders should stress the idea of “remember and change,” rather than forgive and forget.
August 24, 2022

TRANSCRIPT: The Russian War in Ukraine: An Interview with Omar Dahi and Firat Demir

The following interview with Omar Dahi and Firat Demir was conducted by Anita Fuentes as part of the upcoming episode on the "Ukraine Conflict: Perspectives from the Global South." In the interview, Dahi and Demir discuss the implications of the Russia-Ukraine conflict on the Global South.
August 2, 2022

The Cuban Dilemma: Antiracism and international solidarity lost in translation

This article undertakes what Aziz Rana calls a “tailored analysis” of the Cuban case, paying attention to local histories and international entanglements in order to better engage in solidarity across borders.
July 25, 2022

What is Security in Context?

An introduction to the SiC initiative, an international research initiative on peace, conflict, and international affairs.
July 21, 2022

TRANSCRIPT: The Russian War in Ukraine: An Interview with Samar Al-Bulushi

Anita Fuentes and Omar Dahi interview professor Samar Al-Bulushi on the possible ramifications of the Russia-Ukraine conflict on the Global South, with a particular focus on the perspective from Africa.
July 17, 2022

TRANSCRIPT: The Russian War in Ukraine: An Interview with Eric Draitser

Anita Fuentes interviews independent political analyst Eric Draitser about the Russia-Ukraine Conflict, discussing the roots and implications of the war.
July 17, 2022

TRANSCRIPT: The Russian War in Ukraine: An Interview with Arlene B. Tickner

Anita Fuentes interviews professor Arlene B. Tickner about her perspectives on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, bringing her knowledge of Latin America into the conversation.
July 14, 2022

CLIP: Jeffrey D. Sachs - Why the West Really Fears China

Clip from the video, "Multipolarity, US-China Relations, and the Political Economy of Global Insecurity - Jeffrey D. Sachs." In this segment, Sachs discusses GDP discrepancies between China and Western countries, underscoring how China and the West view economic growth and competition.
July 12, 2022

Surveillance and Securitization of Queer Bodies in Egypt

In January 2022, an Arabic version of the film Perfect Strangers became the focus of public outrage. The uproar was about more than just a controversial movie, however, and, upon closer analysis, revealed the role of undergarments in the injustice perpetrated against queer subjects.
June 28, 2022

The Myth of Climate Migrants: On Discourse and Its Effects

The rhetoric of global climate migration is being mobilized in ways that promote the unequal distribution of power and resources at multiple scales. Understanding how these discourses affect the securitization of climate response is essential to more equitable climate futures.
June 14, 2022

TRANSCRIPT: The Russian War in Ukraine: An Interview with Noha Aboueldahab

Anita Fuentes interviews author and professor Noha Aboueldahab about her perspectives on the Russia-Ukraine conflict, particularly drawing from the Middle East perspective.
May 12, 2022

Forum Arms Trade

The Military Industrial Complex and the Middle East: A mutual extortion racket? Jodi Vittori, Samer Abboud, and Omar Dahi discuss different aspects of US foreign policy in the Middle East. Hosted by Clare O'Brien.
January 25, 2022

"The American Way: Stories of Invasion": A Discussion

December 28, 2021

Landmine Clearance, Rats, and Peacebuilding in Cambodia

November 30, 2021

Climate Change in an Unequal World with James K. Boyce

November 23, 2021

An Interview with Fouad Touzani

November 18, 2021

Interview with Haidar Reda

November 12, 2021

You Have Not Been Defeated: The Politics of Abolition

Omnia Khalil is joined by Laila Soueif, Ruth Wilson-Gilmore, and Hend Nafea to discuss Alaa el-Fattah's book "You Have Not Been Defeated."
November 5, 2021

Does Aid Target the Poorest? Professor Ryan Briggs

November 2, 2021

Cultural Attitudes and Vaccine Resistance

October 27, 2021

The Meaning of Blue: Climate Change and the Maldives

September 17, 2021

Legacies and Aftermaths of the US "War on Terror"

September 13, 2021

Legacies and Aftermaths of the US "War On Terror"

Security in Context and the Orfalea Center for Global Studies at UCSB present: Legacies and Aftermaths of the US "War On Terror."
September 5, 2021

Climate Change in an Unequal World with James K. Boyce

A discussion with James K Boyce.
July 30, 2021

"Sucked Dry" Interview Transcript

The following article is a transcript of the interview with the authors of "Sucked Dry", Annika McGinnis and Fredrick Mugira, conducted by Nayifa Nihad. Please visit our youtube page for the full video interview.
June 2, 2021

Launch of Latin East Working Group

May 25, 2021

Latin East Webinar

May 5, 2021

Book Panel February 18th: Inter-imperiality by Laura Doyle

Please join us for a panel to discuss "Inter-imperiality: Vying Empires, Gendered Labor, and the Literary Arts of Alliance" with author Laura Doyle, Kate Bedford, & Scarlett Cornelissen & moderated by Mark Laffey.
May 5, 2021

Mega Dams and Human Insecurity in East Africa: A Discussion with Edward Stevenson

Join us for a discussion with Edward Stevenson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Durham University
May 5, 2021

Teaching International Relations in the Periphery

April 11, 2021

Global Carceral States: Violence, Transgressions, and Methodologies of Imprisonment

This conference on May 21-22 2021 presents an opportunity for scholars to contribute to our understanding of prisons, torture, violence, securitization and related issues..
April 11, 2021

Infrastructural Brutalism: Art and the Necropolitics of Infrastructure

Book Discussion with Michael Truscello
March 26, 2021

Construction Jihad, Iran's Foreign Development Agency: Eric Lob

Firat Demir spoke with Dr. Eric Lob, a member of the SiC multipolarity working group and associate professor of International Relations at Florida International University, about his research on Iran's Foreign Development Agency "Construction Jihad."
March 26, 2021

Globalization of China's Development Finance: Bo Kong

Professor Bo Kong, a member of the SiC Multipolarity working group discusses his research on the globalization of China's Development Finance Model particularly in the Energy Sector.
March 25, 2021

Infrastructural Brutalism: Book Panel with Michael Truscello

On March 24th, 2021, Security in Context's Endemic Infrastructures working group hosted its first public event, a discussion with Michael Truscello on his book Infrastructural Brutalism: Art and the Necropolitics of Infrastructure (The MIT Press, 2020).
March 12, 2021

Resource Radicals and Left Politics in Ecuador: Thea Riofrancos

Omar Dahi interviewed Thea Riofrancos, assistant professor of political science at Providence College, about her latest book Resource Radicals: From Petro-Nationalism to Post-Extractivism in Ecuador (Duke University Press, 2020).
March 11, 2021

Mega Dams and Human Insecurity in East Africa: Jed Stevenson

March 10, 2021

Chinese Belt and Road from a Comparative Perspective: Min Ye

Firat Demir spoke with Professor Min Ye about her work with the Security in Context Multipolarity working group.
March 9, 2021

OilCraft and Racism's Raw Materials: Interview with Robert Vitalis

Omar Dahi interviewed Bob Vitalis about his latest book "OilCraft: The Myths of Scarcity and Security that Haunt US Foreign Policy", as well as his involvement with Security in Context multipolarity working group through his ongoing research titled "Racism's Raw Materials."
March 3, 2021

Self-Devouring Growth: Dr. Julie Livingston

Dr. Julie Livingston discussed her latest book "Self-Devouring Growth: A Planetary Parable As Told From Southern Africa" as part of the collaboration between the University of Oklahoma's Center for Peace and Development and Security in Context.
February 26, 2021

Using GIS mapping to reframe post-conflict aid distribution- Sri Lanka as a case study

In post-conflict Sri Lanka, aid has not been directed towards areas inhabited by politically and ethnically marginalized groups. As Nara Sritharan explains, the overlap of areas destroyed by the 2004 Tsunami and those most affected by civil conflict allows for an opportunity to study the uneven allocation of aid in more than one instance.
February 25, 2021

Self-Devouring Growth: A Lecture with Dr. Julie Livingston

Join SiC and OU CPD for a lecture with Dr. Julie Livingston, author of "Self-Devouring Growth: A planetary Parable as Told From Southern Africa" (Duke University Press, 2019)..
February 21, 2021

The Kolbers of Rojhelat (Iranian Kurdistan) with Dr. Ahmad Mohammadpour

Part II of a discussion with Dr. Ahmad Mohammadpour about his ongoing research in Iran on Kurdish issues, including pioneering research on the cross border traders knowns as the Kolbers.
February 19, 2021

Women as War Criminals- Dr. Izabela Steflja

Dr. Izabela Steflja discusses her co-authored book, Women as War Criminals.
February 18, 2021

Clements Hoffman on The Geopolitics of Decarbonization in the Middle East

Dr. Clemens Hoffman, a member of the SiC political economy of multipolarity working group, discusses his research project on the geopolitics of decarbonization in the Middle East.
February 18, 2021

Inter-Imperiality: Vying Empires, Gendered Labor, and the Literary Arts of Alliance: Book Panel

Security in Context hosted a panel to discuss Laura Doyle's book Inter-imperiality: Vying Empires, Gendered Labor, and the Literary Arts of Alliance.
February 17, 2021

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe on Women's Empowerment in Uganda

Activist and educator Sister Rosemary Nyirube speaks of her work with women in Northern Uganda, the various insecurities they face, and her work to empower women socially and economically.
February 6, 2021

Women, Human Rights and Insecurity in Conflict and Post-Conflict Zones

Join the Oklahoma University Center for Peace and Development and Security in Context this Friday, February 5 (1-2 PM CST/ 2-3 PM US Eastern time) for a lecture with Dr. Izebela Steflja (Tulane University) on 'Women, Human Rights and Insecurity in Conflict and Post-Conflict Zones. The event will be moderated by Dr. Zermarie Deacon, Associate Professor of Human Relations, University of Oklahoma.
January 26, 2021

Global Uprising: Policing as Politics, Policing as War

Paul Amar, Nadia Abu El-Haj, Stuart Schrader, and Nikhil Pal Singh discuss global police and military structures as similar coercive bodies subject to differing levels of scrutiny.
January 22, 2021

Military Spending and the Profit Rate under Capitalism: Adem Elveren

In this video, Professor Adem Elveren, a member of the Security in Context Financialization and Militarism working group, presents the main findings of his latest book The Economics of Military Spending: A Marxist Perspective (Routledge 2019).
January 22, 2021

Public Launch: Security in Context

Join us for our online public launch where we will discuss the Security in Context initiative and its various components, as well as introduce some of the people and networks involved. Click below for the full event video.
January 21, 2021

War on Development in Syria: Interview with Omar Dahi

Project Director Omar Dahi discusses the 2011 uprisings, the Syrian refugee crisis, and emerging South-South relations.
December 17, 2020

NACLA, CLACSO, ACSS, and SiC: Latin America-MENA Workshop

December 17, 2020

The Turn to the Right Wing, Intervention, and Insecurity

A two-day conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina May 7th and 8th, 2020. Co-sponsored with CLACSO, ACSS, and the Latin East Initiative
December 16, 2020

Daniel Mains "Under Construction: Technologies of Development in Urban Ethiopia"

Daniel Mains of the University of Oklahoma is interviewed by Firat Demir about his new book, Under Construction: Technologies of Development in Urban Ethiopia (2019 Duke University Press).
December 14, 2020

Bringing Context to 'Security': the Launch of a New Project

Dominant security narratives in the West tend to obfuscate how security and insecurity are experienced and produced around the world. Centering global perspectives, often marginalized, is essential to understanding the different contexts, scales and registers of global security realities.
December 2, 2020

Kurdish Movements Panel

The causes and consequences of Turkish invasion of northern Syria specifically on the future of Kurdish movements featuring Omar Dahi, Utku Balaban, Ahmet Tonak, and Zumray Kutlu. Hosted by Clare O'Brien.
December 2, 2020

Security Climate Change

Does the United States military see climate change as an immanent threat? This podcast presents a critical discussion of US military plans for climate change featuring Michael Klare, Betsy Hartmann, and Anne Hendrixson. Hosted by Omar Dahi.
November 11, 2020

Interview with Kamal Soleimani and Ahmad Mohammadpour

Firat Demir hosts Kamal Soleimani, El Colegio de Mexico, and Ahmad Mohammadpour, UMass Amherst
November 9, 2020

Interview with Philippe Frowd

Philippe Frowd on borders and his book: Security at the Borders: Transnational Practices and Technologies in West Africa
October 19, 2020

Dr. Giulia El Dardiry on the Beirut School of Critical Security Studies and SiC

Dr. Giulia El Dardiry discusses the work of the Beirut School of Critical Security Studies collective, a working group within the Arab Council for the Social Sciences
October 19, 2020

Dr. Shana Marshall explains Financialization and Militarization

Dr. Shana Marshall explains the Financialization and Militarization research track of Security in Context
October 19, 2020

Dr. Lisa Hajjar Presents Legacies of the Global War on Terror Thematic Track

Dr. Lisa Hajjar, Professor of Sociology at UC Santa Barbara, provides an overview of the Legacies of the Global War on Terror thematic track.
October 19, 2020

Professor Paul Amar presents Orfalea Center and SiC Collaboration

Professor Paul Amar, Director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies and Professor of Global Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara on the Center's collaboration with SiC
October 19, 2020

Professor Firat Demir on CPD at OU and SiC Collaboration

Firat Demir, Professor of Economics at the University of Oklahoma Norman and project director at the Center for Peace and Development explains the collaboration between the CPD and SiC
October 19, 2020

Professor Fikret Adaman on Boğaziçi University and SiC Collaboration

Professor Fikret Adaman of Boğaziçi University discusses the collaboration between the Human Development Research Center and SiC.
October 19, 2020

Professor Nicole Grove Presents Endemic Infrastructures Research Track

Professor Nicole Grove, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawai'i Manoa presents an overview of the "Endemic Infrastructures" thematic track.
October 19, 2020

Professor Zaynab El Bernoussi Presents Dignity, Democracy, Development Research Track

Professor Zaynab El Bernoussi, assistant professor of international politics at Sciences Po Rabat, discusses collaboration with SiC around her research on Dignity, Democracy, Development
October 19, 2020

Public Launch of the SiC Initiative

Omar Dahi introduces the SiC initiative. Members of our global network discuss their research themes.
October 19, 2020

Rabie Nasser on the Syrian Center for Policy Research and SiC Collaboration

Rabie Nasser, co-director of the Syrian Center for Policy Research discusses possible collaborations with SiC around questions of conflict, political polarization and transnational war economies
October 16, 2020

Call for Submissions: Borders and the State in Light of Covid-19

In this round table, we invite critical scholars of borders to reflect on the question of borders and the state in light of the SARS-COV-2 pandemic response.
October 6, 2020

Interview with Yasser Munif

Yasser Munif on his new book,"Syria's Revolution: Between the Politics of Life and Geopolitics of Death"
September 29, 2020

Launching Webinar of "Syria at War: Eight Years on” Report

Project Director Omar Dahi was one of the lead authors of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission of West Asia report "Syria at War: Eight Years On." The report offers a comprehensive assessment of the socio-economic impact of the conflict as well as prospects for peace building and recovery.

Global Insecurity is the online magazine for the Security in Context initiative. Global Insecurity draws on the expertise of SiC scholars and highlights research, interviews, and briefs from SiC research projects. Global Insecurity also publishes outside contributors and serves as a forum for analysis and debate on pressing global issues.

We will consider articles that are analytically compelling and related to a topic on global (in)security, broadly defined. This could include, but is not limited to, critical international relations and political economy; multipolarity; great power competition and the global South; race, gender, and (in)security; transnational war economies; and critical security studies.

Potential authors should send a one- to three-sentence pitch to globalinsecurity@securityincontext.com You may also send complete articles, but pitches are preferred. We do not have the capacity to respond in detail to each submission, but a Global Insecurity editor will be in touch if your entry is accepted.

Commentary pieces should be between 500 to 750 words, and analytical articles range between 1000 and 2500 words, although, in some circumstances, essays may exceed that limit. Links to reputable sources should be embedded in the text.