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Beyond Boston:  Conspiracy Theories and International Relations

Beyond Boston: Conspiracy Theories and International Relations

Though the smoke from Boston has hardly cleared, conspiracy theories about a “false flag attack” are already proliferating. It is now time for IR scholars to study conspiracy theories seriously.

The Myth of George W. Bush’s Foreign Policy Revolution

The Myth of George W. Bush’s Foreign Policy Revolution

The dominant theme in the literature on the War on Terror is the assumption that the war and its discourses originated with the Bush administration. However, the War on Terror can actually be traced to earlier administrations, specifically those of Reagan and Clinton.

Reflecting on 9/11

Reflecting on 9/11

On the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we must remember those innocent victims who lost their lives on that day and reflect on the much larger numbers of civilians and soldiers that have perished in the reactions to it.

London 2012, Terrorism and the Militarization of the City

London 2012, Terrorism and the Militarization of the City

The ways in which security has been approached and implemented by the organisers of London 2012 reflects an ongoing militarization of cities which is worrying.

Grinding Terrorist Networks Down in 2012

Grinding Terrorist Networks Down in 2012

The nature of the terror threat is shifting and the question that has not been properly answered is whether we are seeing a threat that is finally in decline or continues to ascend.

Terrorism Outlook for 2012

Terrorism Outlook for 2012

The global terrorist threat is diversifying. After embracing al Qaeda tactics and ideology, more local groups seek to emulate al Qaeda. Groups are planning domestic and international operations to cause mass casualties.

Is al Qaeda on the Wrong Side of History?

Is al Qaeda on the Wrong Side of History?

The Arab Spring’s impact on the Global Jihad Movement is ironic. Al Qaeda, its associated groups and home-grown cells are no longer the agents of change. In the eyes of the people, this most powerful grouping of violent entities remains marginalized.

If hate is the problem, how can hate be the solution?

If hate is the problem, how can hate be the solution?

Hatred is a current ‘cool’ fad, but a terribly dangerous one. As with Holocaust deniers, evidence does not deter those Islamophobes who smear all Muslims. Since Muslims are roughly 1/5 of the world’s population, they would be wrecking massive worldwide havoc if their nefarious goal was domination and destruction of all non-Muslims. It clearly isn’t.

Ten Years of the War on Terror

Ten Years of the War on Terror

On both ‘sides’ of the war on terror, unrealistic assessments of the possible combined with controversially broad and value-laden conceptions of ‘self-defence’ look a lot like ideological warfare.

Bin Laden, Assassination and Democracy

Bin Laden, Assassination and Democracy

Bin Laden was a cutting-edge public figure of the 21st century, a world citizen of our age, a militant who happened to think, with some justification, that the USA has militarily become much too big for its boots. And that’s why, figuratively speaking, his assassination is an attempted assassination of our inner democratic spirit.

Al-Qaeda: Alive and Qicking

Al-Qaeda: Alive and Qicking

Al-Qaeda is knocked down for now, and may be grovelling in the dust for the present, relying on the deployment of children as suicide bombers. But there’s no room to dismiss the existence of the drive to pursue the campaign of jihad altogether, because the thirst to pursue a hegemonic campaign of jihad is nowhere near its end.

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