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About Paul Rogers

Paul Rogers is professor in the department of peace studies at Bradford University, northern England. He is openDemocracy's international security adviser, and has been writing a weekly column on global security since 28 September 2001; he also writes a monthly briefing for the Oxford Research Group. His latest book is Irregular War: ISIS and the New Threat from the Margins (IB Tauris, 2016), which follows Why We’re Losing the War on Terror (Polity, 2007), and Losing Control: Global Security in the 21st Century (Pluto Press, 3rd edition, 2010). He is on Twitter at: @ProfPRogers

A lecture by Paul Rogers, delivered to the Food Systems Academy in late 2014, provides an overview of the analysis that underpins his openDemocracy column. The lecture - "The crucial century, 1945-2045: transforming food systems in a global context" - focuses on the central place of food systems in human security worldwide. Paul argues that food is the pivot of humanity's next great transition. It can be accessed here

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

The Taliban's top trumps

Afghanistan's daring insurgents are waging war while planning for power.

Estas no son maneras de llevar las cosas en el mundo

Diez años después de la crisis financiera, estamos en vías de repetirla. English

Diez años después de la crisis financiera, estamos a punto de repetirla

Corremos el riesgo de repetir el 2008, pero a mayor escala. De producirse, otra vez los súper ricos saldrán de ella todavía más ricos – y ésta no es manera de llevar las cosas. English

No way to run the world

 A decade after the financial crash, an epic repeat is on course. Español

Policing Islamism: a fatal disconnect

Britain needs to broaden its thinking about the appeal of "the west vs Islam" message.

A war of minds: beyond 2001-18

The west's failure in Afghanistan and Iraq, says our columnist who predicted both, is above all one of understanding.

Blair to Corbyn: the new now

Today's British politics resemble the 1990s. But Corbyn's Labour is set to change that.

Trump follows, DPRK-Iran lead

The president's diplomatic delusions are taking the United States down.

Corbyn’s Labour Party, can it win?

The 1960s–70s send a warning to Britain's next left-wing government.

Putin's wargame: behind the smoke

While Russia's military exercises sound a western alarm, blunt reality offers better advice.

Netanyahu and Israel’s (in)security

How do Israeli leaders see the future? With less confidence than you might think.   

Netanyahu’s Corbyn problem

In the furore over Labour's leader, Israel's actual interest in targeting him is neglected.

Iran vs America: history's scars

Disparate national memories fuel a perilous rivalry.

A war close to home

The slow-burn effects of ISIS's dispersal are coming to the west.

A climate revolution

Zero-carbon economies must come. But need millions suffer first? A personal, global story.

Taliban from enemy to ally

The threat of ISIS's affiliate in Afghanistan is turning heads in Washington

Britain's defence, Labour's winner?

Conservatives' claim to uphold a safe country and strong military no longer works.

Nato, and a thinking gap

If the west's military alliance is adrift, it's not because of Putin or Trump.

A tale of two bombers

A raid on ISIS affiliates in Libya exposes cosmic waste – and stupidity.

Labour, ahoy! HMS UK needs you

Conservatives are adrift on defence and security. Labour must step up.

Letter from London, via Raqqa

How might a young ISIS true believer, back from Syria to the west, see the movement's future? Here, continuing a series of letters, is an imagined answer.

Kim vs Don: the Singapore sting

In a summit welcomed by Washington and Pyongyang alike, the North Korean leader had an ace card.

Kim Jong-un to Trump: bring it on

Trump thinks he's the top deal-maker. Pyongyang's summit plans suggest not.

Trump's empire: in decline, danger

How will an unstable war-centric leadership, beset with status anxiety, act over Iran and North Korea?

A war-promoting hydra

A vast, rich industry drives military solutions to security problems. Here's how it works.

Iran eyes Israel: the fire next time

How a military exchange gives Tehran insight into a sworn enemy.

Target Tehran

Israel's air attacks in Syria signal the wider war it seeks. Now for the White House...

Corbyn's critics: time to come round

After six shocks in three years, can Labour sceptics face the party's new reality?

Israel vs Iran, a looming war

A low-key raid in Syria, and Iran's growing influence, sharpen the risk. 

After the Syria raid, what next?

The US-France-UK raid on Syria is less mission accomplished than situation worsened.

Attacking Assad: to do or not to do

A military escalation over Syria presents huge dangers. So how else to act?

ISIS, in eleven shades of black

A multilingual manual for the worldwide jihad signals ISIS's ambition. 

Britain's security, Labour's missed opportunity

Corbyn's party changed and won the argument on austerity. It could do the same on defence – but it doesn't want to try.  

Britain's other nuclear weapons

Behind the UK's nuclear-armed submarines are lesser known tactical warheads primed for battle.

Britain's security: time to rethink

A bitter dispute between London and Moscow dominates the agenda. Now more than ever, Britain needs to focus on its true interests.

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