Author profile: Dean Cooper-Cunningham

Dean Cooper-Cunningham

Dean Cooper-Cunningham is an Associate Articles Editor at E-IR. He is currently a postgraduate student studying International Security at the University of Sussex. He completed his undergraduate in International Relations at the University of St Andrews where he received the Matt Howell Dissertation Prize and the Pirie Prize. His research interests are primarily in: visual politics, emotions and security, the construction of ‘different’ and ‘dangerous’ bodies, political self-sacrifice, and feminist theory. He has been shortlisted for the Millennium: Journal of International Studies 2017 Northedge Prize, and will begin a Ph.D. at St Andrews in September 2017.

Analysing but Not Seeing: What’s Missing When We Forget Images in IR

Analysing but Not Seeing: What’s Missing When We Forget Images in IR

Security is not solely constructed discursively but also visually. Dominant securitization theory ignores the latter, leaving it somewhat decontextualized.

Domestic Violence as Everyday Terrorism: Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan

Domestic Violence as Everyday Terrorism: Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan

Seeing bride kidnapping and domestic violence as everyday terrorism unpacks the political nature of so-called “private” phenomena and how they reify patriarchal society.

Russia’s Double Historical Amnesia: Constructing the Shakhidki as ‘Black Widows’

Russia’s Double Historical Amnesia: Constructing the Shakhidki as ‘Black Widows’

In a constructed malestream military, women in combat arms are inherently irregular as they take on a twofold irregularity as female fighters and irregular combatants.

Should Irregular Fighters Be Excluded From Legal Protections Such As POW Status?

Should Irregular Fighters Be Excluded From Legal Protections Such As POW Status?

‘Irregular’ is a demonising exclusionary weapon of war applied only to those opposing US goals for the purposes of improving the legitimate guise of its actions.

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