Culture, Security, Identity – Newcastle University

Culture, Security, Identity (CSI) is a blog from the community of scholars and research students based in Politics at Newcastle University. The blog explores the critique of dominant narratives and discourses of IR but eschews doctrinaire approaches that are blind to the particular, to issues of race, class and gender, or that insist upon the deployment of simple problem-solving theories.

What Can We Learn About Resilience from ‘Breaking Bad’?

What Can We Learn About Resilience from ‘Breaking Bad’?

‘Breaking Bad’ potentially disrupts how we conceptualize resilience by opening up thinking space to consider who has the right (or opportunity) to be resilient.

Populist Challenge and Political Judgement

Populist Challenge and Political Judgement

We live in an era of the devaluation of knowledge in which the difference between ‘truth’ and ‘lies’ does not count anymore; this makes electorates prone to populism.

4 Things Feminists Tell Us about Private Security: A Gender Audit on Security

4 Things Feminists Tell Us about Private Security: A Gender Audit on Security

In various ways feminists continue to draw our attention to how gender underpins the political and economics of security.

An MQ-9 Reaper sits on the flight line at Hurlburt Field Fla., April 24, 2014.The MQ-9 Reaper is an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft that is employed primarily as an intelligence-collection asset and secondarily against dynamic execution targets.(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. John Bainter)

Four Things I Don’t like about the Advance Discussion of Eye in the Sky

Does the movie ‘Eye in the Sky’ really provide insight into targeted killing? Here are four reasons why we ought to be suspicious.

The EU Challenge: Teaching an Institution in Crisis

The EU Challenge: Teaching an Institution in Crisis

While ongoing crises present challenges in the classroom, they also provide opportunities to demonstrate that EU politics is important for students

Is Natural Resource-Based Development Still Realistic for Africa?

Is Natural Resource-Based Development Still Realistic for Africa?

In a world of low oil prices, local content can make petro-development more realistic for African oil and gas producers, not less.

Who Matters in World Politics?

Who Matters in World Politics?

One year ago a global cry that ‘Black Lives Matter’ arose in a response to black deaths in the USA. But shouldn’t black lives, not just black deaths, matter?

Infrastructure and Contemporary Security

Infrastructure and Contemporary Security

Infrastructure and related security discourses on connectivity and flow provide crucial insights into our understanding of the vulnerabilities of contemporary, urban life

Memorialising the Invisible

Memorialising the Invisible

Memorialisation in the Flanders raises important questions about bearing testimony to the place of an atrocity without prescribing a right and proper from of response.

Bhutan’s International Presence and the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers

Bhutan’s International Presence and the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers

Bhutan’s recent upset victory over Sri Lanka in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers should be seen as an apt analogy for Bhutan’s wider presence in the international community.

Thinking About Developmental States Beyond East Asia

Thinking About Developmental States Beyond East Asia

The experience of East Asian states cannot be easily replicated, as the ability of a state to undergo structural transformation is limited by the existing conditions.

The Rise of Popular Culture in IR: Three Issues

The Rise of Popular Culture in IR: Three Issues

As the study of popular culture gains momentum, it is important that the sub-field not reproduce the broader analytic and political shortcomings of the discipline of IR.

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