MIACC refers to a Military-Industrial-Academic-Cultural Complex. The idea that common worldviews and interests shared by military and industrial elites have enormously impacted on decisions made in the field of security policies is not new; we mean here to draw attention to the power of other actors in shaping and circulating arguments to the wider public which will contribute to legitimizing such worldviews.
Five years into the economic
crisis in Europe and the elephant in the room is the role of military spending
in causing and perpetuating the economic crisis. As social infrastructure is slashed,
spending on weapon systems has hardly been reduced. Part one of two essays on military spending and the EU crisis.
It is an odd coincidence, the sudden bright spotlight on
drones at the same time as the tenth anniversary of the Iraq war, but it raises at least one common question: what is our attitude
toward the innocent victims of war? The answer trends
toward utter indifference.
Is it possible in such a situation to face the threat
of foreign intervention and yet make internal democratic change with the
peaceful civil movement which started from Dara’a? I repeat, and say for the
umpteenth time, yes, and yes.
As Israelis go the polls on 22 January, Israeli
democracy is in real trouble. At least that’s the message from a group of Israeli security
mandarins at the centre of the Oscar-nominated documentary film The Gatekeepers.
The infamous Public Eye award wants your vote on the company that most deserves naming and shaming. Activists from South Yorkshire to the Canton of Vaud are backing security company
G4S to win. Here's why.
The British media and political landscape have done much to obscure a proper in-depth understanding of Islamism, the ideology, as separate from the Muslim faith. Two books can be a small help - everyone should read them.
and insecurity is filling the void left by our governments' inaction on climate
change. But framing Climate Change as a security problem, rather than one of
justice or human rights, may only perpetuate that.
The Newtown school shooting has re-awakened debates not only on gun control and mental illness, but also on the role of law enforcement in detecting and eliminating emerging threats. Quietly emerging is a solution that means not more guns, but more militarization.
Up in Arms continues to track the figure of the soldier in contemporary
culture as a consequence of NATO’s wars. How does militarism – the belief in
the superiority of military values and methods – shape or perhaps even
challenge gender stereotypes in countries that send troops off to war?
To a large extent Petraeus, four star general and chief spy, was a political and media invention. Take a closer look at the Petraeus record and a spectre starts to appear: of just how blind love can be.
Over the past 30 years, American culture has increasingly drawn from the military model. Now, as even military pensions and health care are outsourced and privitized, what will be the fate of social welfare in America?
The United States and Israel see armed drones as a valuable tool of "remote control". But Iran, China and Russia - and non-state actors - are working to achieve their own capacity. The emerging era is one of drone proliferation.
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In the months following the start of the Arab Revolutions, articles and analysis poured into openDemocracy from contributors across the Middle East and Europe. Gradually, the impact of Tahrir Square began to extend well beyond the Middle East as democratic inspiration travelled from east to west. Arab Awakening tries to capture that inspiration and use it to help us read a rapidly changing world.
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