The making of an open and democratic Europe: reading Brexit through E.P. Thompson

It is said that the Brexiteers have the identity side of the debate sown up. The British, or at least the English, do not feel European. We have our history as a proud, island people - they, on the Continent, have very different traditions. It is remarkable how this myth has taken root, although the English, Scots,… Continue reading The making of an open and democratic Europe: reading Brexit through E.P. Thompson

Israel transfers risk from its soldiers to Gaza civilians

Citing my theory of risk-transfer war, Israeli social scientist Yagil Levy analyses in The Washington Post how - despite an increase in Israeli casualties in its 2014 attack on Gaza compared to 2008-9 - Israel transferred the risks of its campaign even more to Palestinian civilians than in the earlier conflict.

Russia-Israel: domestic politics and serious blowback

Posted on The Ukraine and Gaza crises alike demonstrate the risks of aggressive policy based on short-term calculations. Vladimir Putin and Binyamin Netanyahu's war-as-politics invites damaging long-term consequences. The slaughters in Ukraine and Gaza have one thing in common. Both result from governments authorising violence which is overwhelmingly motivated by domestic politics and appears… Continue reading Russia-Israel: domestic politics and serious blowback

Paths to change: peaceful vs violent

A new post on openDemocracy It is now two years since the "Arab spring" spread popular protest across the one world-region still overwhelmingly dominated by authoritarian rulers, and thus heralded a major new phase of the democratic upheavals that have transformed the world over recent decades. These largely peaceful mass movements achieved remarkable, if qualified,… Continue reading Paths to change: peaceful vs violent

Twenty-First Century Militarism: A Historical-Sociological Framework

I have contributed a chapter, 'Twenty-First Century Militarism: A Historical-Sociological Framework', to Militarism and International Relations: Political economy, security, theory, edited by my Sussex colleagues Anna Stavrianakis and Jan Selby, and published by Routledge in the Cass Military Studies series. The book contains 12 chapters grouped under Theorising militarism, Militarism and security, and The political economy of… Continue reading Twenty-First Century Militarism: A Historical-Sociological Framework

Libya: popular revolt, military intervention

Published on openDemocracy, 7 April 2011. This replaces an earlier draft published on this site. In mid-February 2011, the protests which began the Libyan revolution seemed to demonstrate the unstoppable progress of people power. It seemed that even Gaddafi’s kleptocratic and personalised regime - which unlike Tunisia or Egypt never allowed space for civil society… Continue reading Libya: popular revolt, military intervention

The USA’s dangerous allies

draft of new contribution to openDemocracy Many on the left think of the United States as a dangerous force in world politics, a view encouraged by the aggressive interventionism of the Bush administration. Yet the juggernaut of US military power usually moves slowly, and after the disasters of Iraq and Afghanistan, probably with some caution.… Continue reading The USA’s dangerous allies