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Paul Rogers is professor in the department of peace studies at Bradford University, northern England. He is openDemocracy's international security editor, 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

Raqqa to the world: a letter

How might a young British adherent of ISIS, now in Syria, see the intensifying war? The latest letter in a series imagined by Paul Rogers.                       

Britain's nuclear-weapons future: no done deal

A new British nuclear arsenal will face great obstacles. Not least: is it legal?

What Labour should do now

To make a real difference, Britain's Labour Party should be bold and think big.

Chilcot's Iraq: the missing piece

The response to a major report on Britain's role in Iraq needs to grasp how war itself is changing. 

After Brexit, a time for new thinking

Britain's vote to leave the European Union comes at a critical time for three major global security challenges.

The climate pioneers: look south

A potential low-carbon revolution is taking shape in the global south. But it needs funding support to achieve development lift-off.

ISIS after Orlando: a multiform war

  • The massacre in Florida and latest killings in France are connected to the United States-led assault on the self-declared caliphate.

Peter Oborne's "Not the Chilcot Report": a review

An official verdict on Britain's policy towards Iraq, and Tony Blair's role in the 2003 invasion, is imminent. But the journalist Peter Oborne gets there first.

Mission creep or mission rush?

The United States's military deployments in Iraq signal the escalation of the anti-ISIS war. In a wider context this is a profound moment.

Britain's nuclear deep: a new transparency

The military doctrine of submarine-based security is being exposed by underwater drones. But will the British state change course?

Climate disruption, the new reality

The present experience of climate change in Australia and Canada has major importance for the life of the planet.

Drone warfare: the cost of progress

Western military planners see armed drones as the route to battlefield ascendancy. But rapid technological advance is shredding their dream.

ISIS in action: Tel Askuf decoded

The combat death of an American soldier in Iraq gives a revealing insight into ISIS's military capacity.

Jeremy Corbyn, the future not the past

It is time to see Labour's leader in a new perspective. Can his party's MPs rise to the challenge?

A civil military: the global future

A new class of naval vessels customised for emergency aid could hold vital lessons for the world, starting with Britain.

America vs ISIS, the prospect

The United States' military deployments in the Middle East augur escalating war – and a return to 'boots on the ground'.

The war on terror: an interim report

Al-Qaida and ISIS bookmark a fifteen-year era of global conflict marked by western hubris and failure.

The west's shadow war

The expanding use of special forces to combat ISIS risks repeating the abuse and failure of the campaign against al-Qaida.   

After Brussels, ISIS's strategy

Tunisia, Paris, and now Brussels: escalating attacks on western targets reflect a shift of focus by ISIS.

The extending war: ISIS to AQIM

A resilient al-Qaida-linked group now operates across Africa's state borders. The west's response is failing. 

Nuclear disarmament: the prospects

The chances for a treaty banning nuclear weapons worldwide may seem remote. But there are positive trends.

Britain's deep-sea defence: out of time?

The United Kingdom's flagship military asset, its nuclear-armed submarine force, faces a coming 'swarm' of underwater technology.

ISIS and the 'war on terror'

The rivalries of powerful states are now driving Syria's conflict. But ISIS is thinking bigger.

A Raqqa letter: assessing the west

For a young adherent in Islamic State territory, American and British politics are a source of optimism.

Disarming war: the Hawk Ploughshares story

Two decades on, an inspiring example of successful direct action against powerful states and the arms industry is recalled.

The global divide: knowledge into action

A failing economic model is inflicting terrible damage on the biosphere. The agenda for worldwide change is here.

Syria-Iraq: civilian deaths, British denials

The British government's response to scrutiny of its current military actions is evasive. But mounting evidence of civilian casualties makes this untenable.

Remote warfare: the chemical danger

A fusion of drone systems and chemical agents is set to transform the landscape of combat for states and non-state actors alike.

Floods, climate, and neglect: a reflection

Across northern England, local communities are under water from epic floods. Yet no one in government makes the link with climate change.

Afghanistan's new phase

In the fourteenth year of Afghanistan's war, a resurging Taliban and expanding ISIS are forcing the west to react.

Jeremy Corbyn’s first 100 days, revisited

The leader of Britain's Labour Party continues to inspire his supporters and confound his critics. Is he behind the times, or ahead of them? 

America vs ISIS: towards real war

The spreading influence of ISIS is forcing Washington into a strategic decision: escalate. 

Britain in Syria: a gift to ISIS

The impact of London's vote for airstrikes in Syria will be magnified by ISIS's media war.

ISIS's plan, and the west's trap

The pattern of conflict since 2001 teaches a lesson that western states refuse to learn.

The west vs ISIS: a new stage

A United Nations resolution will intensify the war against ISIS. Such an outcome carries three grave risks.

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