In this paper, Heidi Peltier explores the question of whether a lack of competition in the arms-tanks-munitions (ATM) industries results in higher profits for the monopolistic firms.
This series features short annotated entries on key topics covering politics, history, gender, political economy and culture. The list is meant to be a resource for educators and instructors as well as the interested public.
Security in Context and the Orfalea Center for Global Studies at UCSB present: Legacies and Aftermaths of the US "War On Terror."
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.
Azzeddine Faraa examines the impact of Covid-19 on Moroccan-Spanish border relations and the subsequent economic and political consequences. Available in Arabic.
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.
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.
Professor Nicole Grove (UH Manoa), a founding member of Security in Context, considers how Mars colonization and its Earth-bound beta tests - with a focus on the UAE's Mars 2117 project - point to mutations in authoritarian forms of governance, where the future functions as a form of collateral for present day legitimacies that are leveraged upon an infrastructure to come.
Project Director Omar Dahi discusses the 2011 uprisings, the Syrian refugee crisis, and emerging South-South relations.
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.
Palestinian workers, dependent on crossing into Israel for work, have faced new challenges amid COVID19.
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.
From Morocco to the United States, existing physical, social, legal, and economic barriers are compounded by the virus.
Paul Amar explores China's role in South American politics and development in light of COVID19, focusing on how the country leverages right and left leaning policies in the region to aid in its extractive model of cooperation.
A collection of essays from various authors explores how new information and communication technologies normalize the use of military force through militarization.
The following keynote was delivered by Professor Samer Abboud in "Topologies of Security: Critical Security Studies in postcolonial and postsocialist scenes" a workshop organized at the Justus Liebig University Giessen on June 25th and 26th by Professors Andreas Langenohl, Dr. Philipp Lotholtz, Amina Nolte, and Dr. Andrew Dwyer.
A recording of the panel that launched The Syrian Center for Policy Research's Justice to Transcend Conflict Report
This article explores how Syrian refugees and internally displaced people are using social media to reshape interpretations of their own status through their engagement with quality TV texts that tackle the refugee crisis.
A case for a decentralized US defense industry as a means to democratize foreign policy.
How the defense industry's endless quest for profit is a direct diver of endless warfare and militarization.
While the COVID19 pandemic has united the world in common concern, it has also exposed fault lines between rich and poor countries and magnified the inequalities in the world system and structures of global power.
A conversation about the the current state of Syrian refugees and internally displaced persons. Tima Kurdi shares her family's personal experience and Omar Dahi presents an examination of the situation.
An examination of “humiliation” and “dignity” as a dynamic that shapes Syrian refugees’ identities via interaction with pro-regime or pro-opposition Syrians or pro-refugees or anti-refugees in hosting countries.
Security in Context and the Forum on Arms Trade held an event at the Stimson Center in Washington D.C. discussing the role of arms sales by the United States to Middle Eastern countries
An examination of the economic effects of 1,266 cultural institutes from China, France, Germany, Japan, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and UK from 1990-2015
The emergent illiberal peace in Syria extends the conditions of war and violence into the post-conflict period, creating new citizenship regimes that bifurcate Syrian society into the reconciled and settled and the unsettled and cast out.
Since 2012, North American and European civilians have regularly engaged in combat operations against the Islamic State in the globalized and decentralized battlefields of Iraq and Syria. This article focuses on two aspects of this phenomenon.