Security Cosmopolitanism

Attached here is a link to my new article, “Security Cosmopolitanism”, which appears in the very first issue of Critical Studies on Security, a new journal that aims, in the words of its editors, to ‘gather some of the best literature, to challenge ourselves as critical security scholars and to open and explore new avenues […]

A global security strategy…for a UNSC member

Overnight, UN members voted on new non-permanent members of the UN Security Council. My country, Australia, concluded a $25 million campaign for the seat successfully, joining Argentina, Rwanda, Luxembourg and South Korea elected for new two-year terms, and Azerbaijan, Guatemala, Morocco, Pakistan and Togo in their final year of membership, and the veto-weilding Permanent Five […]

Humanity after biopolitics

Biopolitics, thanatopolitics, geopolitics…over the last two decades a rich literature has arisen in the humanities and social sciences around the question of how modern forms and strategies of power seize upon and shape life as a goal, threat and object, in ways that (as Michel Foucault remarked) ‘life insurance’ is bound up with ‘death command’. […]

Some Thoughts on Critical Security Studies

It has become commonplace to accept that security is a ‘contested concept’. How contested, however, seems to be what is at stake for critical approaches to security. With the US Congress poised to ask for a National Intelligence Estimate on the security impacts of human-induced climate change; with terrorism, people movements and disease the focus […]

the art of shock & awe

In May 2010 I had the privilege of meeting the Australian artist Michael Callaghan, who invited me to his studio in the ANU’s School of Art to talk to him about his recent war work. I looked over massive screenprints of some of the Iraq and torture pieces, saw the layers in Photoshop he was […]