Geopolitics and Security – Royal Holloway

Geopolitics and Security (GPS) features Regular posts from the faculty and doctoral students of the Geography and Politics & International Relations Departments at Royal Holloway, University of London. Posts offer a distinctive perspective on geopolitical and security research and analysis.

The Umbrella: Bodies, Deportment and Geopolitics

The Umbrella: Bodies, Deportment and Geopolitics

The role of objects in world politics continues to deserve our attention, including the ways in which human and non-human agency combine to re-engineer the umbrella.

The Princess of No Man’s Land: Bir Tawil and the Geographical Imagination

The Princess of No Man’s Land: Bir Tawil and the Geographical Imagination

No Man’s Lands are rarely empty. They are spaces that are occupied, utilized and stewarded, and layered with geographical, historical and narrative complexities.

Man-Up Mr Snowden! Masculinities and National Security

Man-Up Mr Snowden! Masculinities and National Security

Ever since news broke that Edward Snowden was the National Security Agency ‘leaker’ and fugitive, discussion has raged about his masculinity, including his sexuality.

A Critical Exploration of the Olympic Park, Part Two

A Critical Exploration of the Olympic Park, Part Two

A narrative of security which permeates the layers, exposes the ironies, questions the ubiquity and enriches the understanding of traditional representations of space.

A Critical Exploration of the London Olympic Park, Part One

A Critical Exploration of the London Olympic Park, Part One

In March 2014, students from Royal Holloway joined forces with students from the University of Cergy-Pontoise, Paris, on an exercise in critical security mapping.

The Popular Geopolitics of Mysterious Flights: MH370 and Herge’s Flight 714

The Popular Geopolitics of Mysterious Flights: MH370 and Herge’s Flight 714

Following the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines MH377, there has appeared a space for the creative and conspiratorial to flourish.

Tensions Between Britain and Spain over Gibraltar

Tensions Between Britain and Spain over Gibraltar

In the modern era, sovereignty disputes such as those over Gibraltar have become commonplace, and have proved an area ripe for academic deconstruction.

Review – International Security

Review – International Security

Browning’s book succeeds in conveying to both academic and general readers some of the core issues surrounding the term ‘international security’.

The Geopolitics of Man of Steel

The Geopolitics of Man of Steel

There are some fascinating geopolitical and security themes which run through the Superman re-boot – Man of Steel – including hope, identity, urban catastrophe and gender.

The Estonian President and Baroness Neville-Jones in Conversation on Cyber Security

The Estonian President and Baroness Neville-Jones in Conversation on Cyber Security

Toomas Hendrik Ilves recently visited the UK to discuss the threat of cyber security. It turned out to be a fascinating discussion about personal freedoms, liberty and state power.

Western Security and Virtual Space: Some Examples From 2013

Western Security and Virtual Space: Some Examples From 2013

Western nations are increasingly seeing virtual space as a volatile and potentially dangerous arena that requires control. The signs are that virtual space promises to be a rich research field in the future.

The Empty Chair: Digital Diplomacy, Photography and the Staging of ‘Statecraft’

The Empty Chair: Digital Diplomacy, Photography and the Staging of ‘Statecraft’

Digital diplomacy brings new opportunities, but equally new responsibilities that are increasingly divested to the level of the individual ‘digital diplomat’.