Author profile: Alasdair McKay

Alasdair McKay is Senior Editor at Oxford Research Group. He holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from the universities of Manchester and Aberystwyth. He has edited several books for E-International Relations, including Nations under God: The Geopolitics of Faith in the Twenty-First Century (2015) and Into the Eleventh Hour: R2P, Syria and Humanitarianism in Crisis (2014).

Remote Warfare in an Age of Distancing and ‘Great Powers’

Alasdair McKay • Feb 27 2021 • Articles

The use of remote warfare has several significant problems and there can only be progress towards resolving them through discussions between communities.

New Book – Remote Warfare: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Alasdair McKay • Feb 14 2021 • Articles

Modern warfare is becoming increasingly defined by distance through the use of intelligence, training, equipment and airpower. Bringing together writers from various backgrounds, this book offers a critical enquiry into remote warfare.

An Introduction to Time, Temporality and Global Politics

Alasdair McKay • Jul 13 2016 • Articles

Out of all the books and journals that have been published under the rubric of International Relations, very few have paused to ponder the role of time or temporality.

Screening Global Politics: Visual Culture and International Relations

Alasdair McKay • Oct 15 2013 • Articles

e-IR is proud to announce the launch of its new series of articles “Screening Global Politics”. The series will function as a rolling series of posts exploring the relationship between global politics and visual culture.

Edited Collection – South Sudan’s Independence

Alasdair McKay • Dec 12 2012 • Features

This compendium explores South Sudan’s secession, the broader conceptual issues of state building, international development & conflict resolution.

Vacuous Vacuums

Alasdair McKay • Oct 16 2012 • Articles

It is strange that those who advocate principles such as critical thinking, empirical investigation, and examining all possible factors to understand events jettison those principles when it comes to reacting to violence in the Islamic world.

Wrong About Orwell Being on the Right

Alasdair McKay • Aug 28 2012 • Articles

Based on Orwell’s own writing and self-appraisal, there is little ambiguity in regards to his political beliefs. He was a democratic socialist and remained one until his untimely death.

Religion, Sacred Values and Conflict

Alasdair McKay • Jun 14 2012 • Articles

Examining the role of sacred values in war may offer greater opportunities for breakthroughs into peace in seemingly intractable conflicts than hitherto realised.

Sam Harris’ Liberal Masquerade

Alasdair McKay • May 22 2012 • Articles

Harris’ politics represent radical authoritarianism and nativism masquerading as progressive liberalism, glossed by a veneer of academic respectability.

Review – Talking to the Enemy

Alasdair McKay • Apr 4 2012 • Features

In this remarkably astute book based on field work and interviews, Scott Atran offers an intricate and nuanced glimpse into the world of terrorists.

Review – After the Globe, Before the World

Alasdair McKay • Mar 3 2012 • Features

This book begins where R.B.J Walker left off in ‘Inside/Outside’, continuing his discussion of sovereignty, the state and the system of states.

Casualties of the Digital Revolution

Alasdair McKay • Nov 3 2011 • Articles

Many have heralded the Internet as a life-enhancing medium that promotes citizen empowerment beyond the borders of nation states. Whilst there has been much talk about the beneficiaries of this revolution, there has been something of a hesitance to name the casualties.

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