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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 13, 2021
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"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.

July 30, 2021
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Borders and the State in Light of Covid-19: The Moroccan-Spanish Border (Arabic)

Azzeddine Faraa examines the impact of Covid-19 on Moroccan-Spanish border relations and the subsequent economic and political consequences. Available in Arabic.

May 5, 2021
Azzeddine Faraa
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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 26, 2021
Nara Sritharan
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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 26, 2021
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‘Welcome to Mars’: space colonization, anticipatory authoritarianism, and the labour of hope

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.

January 25, 2021
Nicole Sunday Grove
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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.

January 21, 2021
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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 14, 2020
Jon Jones
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Borders Roundtable: Sneaking through holes to forbidden paradise in the age of COVID-19

Palestinian workers, dependent on crossing into Israel for work, have faced new challenges amid COVID19.

November 10, 2020
Jawida Mansour
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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.

September 29, 2020
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Borders Roundtable: Policing the Virus: Race, Risk, and the Politics of Containment in Morocco and the United States

From Morocco to the United States, existing physical, social, legal, and economic barriers are compounded by the virus.

September 21, 2020
Leslie Gross-Wyrtzen
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Diplomacy of Masks: China and the Crisis of Populism in South America

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.

September 4, 2020
Paul Amar
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Forum: Militarization 2.0: Communication and the Normalization of Political Violence in the Digital Age

A collection of essays from various authors explores how new information and communication technologies normalize the use of military force through militarization. 

July 2, 2020
Nicole Grove
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Topologies of Security Workshop Keynote Address

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.

June 25, 2020
Samer Abboud
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Justice to Transcend Conflict: Video Report

A recording of the panel that launched The Syrian Center for Policy Research's Justice to Transcend Conflict Report

June 3, 2020
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Watching television while forcibly displaced: Syrian refugees as participant audiences

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.

May 1, 2020
Katty Alhayek
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A Not-So Modest Proposal to Nationalize the Defense Industry

A case for a decentralized US defense industry as a means to democratize foreign policy.

May 1, 2020
Pete Moore
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The Defense Industry's Role in Militarizing US Foreign Policy

How the defense industry's endless quest for profit is a direct diver of endless warfare and militarization.

May 1, 2020
Shana Marshall
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COVID-19: Global Solidarity or Retrenchment?

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.

April 30, 2020
Omar Dahi
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Syrian Refugees and IDPs

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.

April 16, 2020
Tima Kurdi and Omar Dahi
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Dignity and Humiliation: Identity Formation among Syrian Refugees

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.

March 6, 2020
Basileus Zeno
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Militarization of the Middle East began long before the US invasion of Iraq

February 28, 2020
Elias Yousif
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US Foreign Policy Moving Forward

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

February 23, 2020
Omar Dahi
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Effects of cultural institutes on bilateral trade and FDI flows: Cultural diplomacy or economic altruism?

An examination of the economic effects of 1,266 cultural institutes from China, France, Germany, Japan, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and UK from 1990-2015

November 19, 2019
by Firat Demir and Hyeonjin Im
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Embracing the apocalypse? A debate on the politics of the climate change-security nexus

November 6, 2019
Omar Dahi
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Reconciling fighters, settling civilians: the making of post-conflict citizens

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.

September 20, 2019
by Samer Abboud
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A Political-Economic History of Jordan’s General Intelligence Directorate: Authoritarian State-Building and Fiscal Crisis

July 31, 2019
Pete Moore
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Weapons of mass participation: Social media, violence entrepreneurs, and the politics of crowdfunding for war

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.

December 7, 2017
Nicole Sunday Grove
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Effects of Motherhood Timing, Breastmilk Substitutes and Education on the Duration of Breastfeeding: Evidence from Egypt

Firat Demir
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