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.

A Political Geographer in New York: Visiting the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

A Political Geographer in New York: Visiting the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

While scholars have spoken about the WTC and its reconstruction, there is more to be said about the way the visitor is enrolled into the material cultures of 9/11.

The Parthenon Marbles in Russia: Referred Pain from a Colonial Past and Present

The Parthenon Marbles in Russia: Referred Pain from a Colonial Past and Present

Behind the debate over the artwork extracted from the Parthenon are British violence in post WWII Greece, the experience of austerity and matters of national identity.

Come Fly with Me: Airports and Geographies of Rendition

Come Fly with Me: Airports and Geographies of Rendition

The airport has been a key site for investigating how the war on terror has manifested itself in terms of security and surveillance and monitoring the body and behavior.

Strangers in the Archipelago: Hunting for ‘Something’ in Swedish Waters

Strangers in the Archipelago: Hunting for ‘Something’ in Swedish Waters

The search for foreign activity in Swedish waters – the ‘Hunt for Reds in October’ – has been called off. Yet, there is much to be said about this geopolitical incident.

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’.