Main Areas of Research:
My research is focused on the
international social theory of war and security. Current research
projects focus on three main substantive problems: the interconnections
between globalisation and security; the relationship between war,
statebuilding and security in the United States; and private violence
and the political economy of security. My contribution in all of these
areas has been informed by a broadly historical sociological approach
to international relations that focuses on both state theory and the
importance of temporal processes and historical context for
understanding international relations.
I welcome applications from prospective PhD students in any of the following areas of research:
- US Foreign Policy
- Security and Globalization
- Security Privatization
- Historical Sociology of International Relations
- Pursuing Security in Pakistan: Interventions in Identity Construction
- Contemporary Civil Wars and
Conflicts: The Problem of Non-compliance with International Law
- Exceptionalism, International Law and the Obama Administration
- The Securitization of US Policy towards Africa
- Structural Change and US Power
Projection: Structural Regionalism and the Freedom of Action Constraint
- International Security in the Contemporary World Year 2
- US Foreign Policy Year 3
- International Security: War and Peace in a Global Context MA in International Relations
Associate Fellow, Institute for the Study of the Americas
Co-editor with Alejandro Colás, Mercenaries, Pirates, Bandits and Empires:
Private Violence in Historical Context, London/New York:
Hurst/Columbia University Press (forthcoming: 2010).
“Pirates, Privateers and the Political Economy of Private Violence,” Global Change, Peace and Security Vol. 21, No. 2 (2009): 139-152.
Securitization, Risk and the Creation of the Department of
Homeland Security,” Globalizations Vol. 4, No. 3
Analysis and International Relations," International
Politics Vol. 44, No. 4 (2007): 431-449.
of Empire: The U.S. ‘Empire',
Globalisation and International Relations,” Third World
Quarterly Vol. 25, No. 8 (2004): 1359-1378.
“Security Studies and the ‘Security State': Security Provision in Historical Context,” International Relations Vol. 17, No. 2 (2003): 135-151.Chapters in Books:
With Alejandro Colás, “The Flow and Ebb of Privatised Seaborne Violence in Global Politics: Lessons from the Atlantic World, 1689-1815,” in Colas and Mabee (eds), Mercenaries, Pirates, Bandits and Empires: Private Violence in Historical Context, London/New York: Hurst/Columbia University Press (forthcoming: 2010).
"Defence Restructuring and the Globalization Of Security" in Mark Elam (ed), Reconstructing the Means of Violence: Defence Restructuring and Conversion, Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2001.
Recent Book Reviews:“Gopal Balakrishnan, Antagonistics: Capitalism and Power in an Age of War”, International Affairs Vol. 85, No. 6 (2009): 1250-1251.
“Andrew C. Bacevich (ed), The Long War”, International Affairs Vol. 84, No. 4 (2008): 874-875.
“Jeffrey A. Engel, Cold War at 30,000 Feet”, History Vol. 93, No. 312 (2008): 544-545.
“Daniel Deudney, Bounding Power”, Millennium: Journal of International Studies Vol. 36, No. 3 (2008): 651-653.
Recent Conference Papers:
With Todd Scarth, “In and Out of Play: The Political Economy of Global Football as Stateless Culture”, for “Global Football: Gender, History and Nation” Conference, York University, Toronto, Canada, December 3-5, 2009.
“States, Crisis and War: Militarism and the US National Security State”, Militarism: Political Economy, Security, Theory conference, University of Sussex, May 14-15, 2009.