Author profile: Robert A. Saunders

Robert A. Saunders

Dr. Robert A. Saunders is a Professor in the Department of History, Politics and Geography at Farmingdale State College-SUNY. He is the author of four books, including Popular Geopolitics and Nation Branding in the Post-Soviet Realm (Routledge, 2017). His research explores the changing nature of national, religious, and political identity in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

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Trump’s Dark Geographical Imagination

Trump’s recent comments on Africa reflect the ‘white identity crisis’ that fuelled his campaign, it also exposes problematic western geopolitical imaginaries of Africa.

Pop-Culture and Trump, Part 3: Roger Waters Vs. The Big Man, Pig Man

Pop-Culture and Trump, Part 3: Roger Waters Vs. The Big Man, Pig Man

The Us + Them tour represents the current pinnacle in the meeting of pop-culture and global politics, as Waters has mobilised his political fervour for the world stage.

10th Anniversary Post – Pop Culture @ E-IR: A Reflection

10th Anniversary Post – Pop Culture @ E-IR: A Reflection

We seek to enlighten our readers about the ways in which the everyday inform how states and non-state actors negotiate geopolitics and its attendant forces.

Pop-Culture & Trump: Interviewing R. Sikoryak, Creator of the Unquotable Trump

Pop-Culture & Trump: Interviewing R. Sikoryak, Creator of the Unquotable Trump

Comics – and particularly some of the more epic battles between superheroes and super-villains – present an attractive medium for satirizing Trump.

Pop-culture & Trump, Part I: Five Sci-Fi Films to Watch during the Trumpocalypse

Pop-culture & Trump, Part I: Five Sci-Fi Films to Watch during the Trumpocalypse

Five speculative/science fiction movies can help us reflect on Donald Trump, his times, and his presidency.

Iceland: A Pop-culture Powerhouse at the Top of the World

Iceland: A Pop-culture Powerhouse at the Top of the World

Buttressed by countless media products touting Iceland’s harsh beauty, Iceland is now a meaningful quotient in everyday geopolitical understanding of millions of people.

Amazon, American, or Israeli?  The Pitfalls of ‘UN-iversalising’ Wonder Woman

Amazon, American, or Israeli? The Pitfalls of ‘UN-iversalising’ Wonder Woman

There is no shortage of reasons why the choice of Wonder Woman as Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls is a dangerous one for the UN.

Commercial(ized) Nationalism on Display at the Olympics

Commercial(ized) Nationalism on Display at the Olympics

Overseas corporations are taking an increasingly important role in telling Americans exactly who they are, as in the case of several ads broadcast during the Olympics.

A Renewed Anglo-american Alliance? Putin’s Potential ‘Bregret’

A Renewed Anglo-american Alliance? Putin’s Potential ‘Bregret’

Following Brexit, as Britain moves away from Europe (in spirit if not body), it will only become more ensconced in its Anglophone cocoon of geopolitical partners.

Is It Time for an Iranian-American Buddy Film?

Is It Time for an Iranian-American Buddy Film?

Challenging dominant IR narratives and reworking the US geopolitical imaginary of Iran via popular culture is possible. Stranger things have happened.

A Berlin-Ankara Axis against Satire?

A Berlin-Ankara Axis against Satire?

In the context of a highly charged political environment, we are seeing that European values associated with free speech might just be more malleable than once thought.

Fantasies of Occupation: ‘Occupied’ and ‘the Man in the High Castle’

Fantasies of Occupation: ‘Occupied’ and ‘the Man in the High Castle’

The Man in the High Castle is the perfect ‘distraction’ for a country riven by increasingly bitter culture wars, and a complete breakdown in civil discourse.

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