About Paul Rogers

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 books include 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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James Ron

James Ron hosts this week's openGlobalRights theme: public opinion and human rights.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Islamic State vs Britain

The massacre of tourists in Tunisia's coastal resort of Sousse reveals Islamic State's intention to target Britain. There is more to come.

Sousse, Kuwait, Lyon: a triple alert

A single day's armed attacks reflect the intensity of the Islamic State war and are an augur of more to come.

Britain's information-light war

The UK's military focus is shifting to remote-control warfare using armed drones. But the move is surrounded by a wall of secrecy. 

Pope Francis and climate politics

A Vatican document links a hot planet to world poverty and the need for change. Its immediate impact may be on the United States presidential race.

Iraq and Libya, the prospect

The resilience of Islamic State a year after its breakthrough makes an escalation of the current war inevitable.

Islamic State, the long war

The United States military at last shows some awareness of how hard the current conflict will be, and how deep it will have to go.

Islam and non-violence: Badshah Khan's example

The story of a Pashtun hero of peaceful struggle needs to be told, now more than ever. An original new book does just that.

Iraq's phantom army

Islamic State's takeover of Ramadi and advance on Palmyra show that the options facing Washington in Iraq-Syria are ever narrowing.

Islamic State, a message from Raqqa

How do young recruits to Islamic State from the west see their campaign? A fifth personal communication from inside the group.

Britain's defence, the path to change

The combination of expensive military projects at a time of austerity should, after the election on 7 May, create the space for an overdue rethink of the UK's international security policy.

Climate change: the south gets real

The pace of reaction to the global climate emergency is increasing, and vulnerable states in the global south are often in the lead.

Mediterranean dreams, climate realities

The drowning of would-be migrants attempting to reach Europe is a humanitarian tragedy that reflects a growing crisis of environmental security.

A tale of two men

The experience of fighters on opposite sides of the "war on terror", marking the 700th column in this series.

Islamic State, a long-term prospect

A powerful coalition seeks to destroy the 'caliphate'. But IS draws confidence from key assets beyond the reach of a blunt military strategy.

Islamic State: beyond Tikrit

An intense battle for the Iraqi city of Tikrit, north of Baghdad, hints at the background and future of the wider conflict.  

Islamic State: a letter from Raqqa

A fourth personal communication from the heart of territory where Islamic State holds sway.

Christian Zionism and Netanyahu's speech

The Israeli prime minister's purpose in Washington was to consolidate a vital and largely unrecognised political-religious alliance.

Iraq, a new war's peril

The post-9/11 wars In Afghanistan and Iraq never really ended. But in the campaign against Islamic State, their maps are having to be redrawn.

Islamic State: bring on the drones

The challenge of jihadism in Iraq, Syria, Libya and elsewhere is reinforcing the United States's embrace of "remote control" warfare.

Israel’s "iron fist": what happened?

The containing of an explosion on the Hizbollah-Israel frontier has politics to thank. But next time could be different.

Armageddon's second life

The return of United States-Russia tensions marks the end of the post-cold war. It also heralds a bonanza for companies eager to supply deadly new arsenals to powerful states.

Islamic State: the unknown war

Western states express optimism about the anti-jihadist campaign in Syria-Iraq. A report from a high-level meeting in London offers another view.    

Islamic State, a view from Raqqa

A third letter from an Islamic State operative based in an area of Syria ruled by the movement.

Four decades, two generations, one change

A confluence of experience, activism, energy and ideas is bringing a radical move towards sustainability ever closer.

France's trauma: a hard question

The Paris massacre and its aftershocks must also be considered in the context of the larger war being fought in the Middle East and Africa.

Britain in Bahrain: hopes and fears

A naval-base agreement between two royal states suits both sides. But money, along with security a big part of the deal, could also undermine it.

A war of new connections

The close links between American surveillance of Africa and military facilities in England are revealed by campaigners working for non-violent social change.

The gunship archipelago

The growth of secretive floating armouries raises a challenge to maritime security worldwide. 

Britain in Bahrain: eyes wide shut

 A new naval base in the Gulf reveals both the flaws in Britain's strategic thinking and the limits of its military capacity.

The tale of the useful bulldozer

A single incident in the air war against the Islamic State offers a lesson in its character.

Afghanistan-Iraq: back to the future

Washington hoped for a clean getaway from the two countries it invaded in the early 2000s. The Taliban, like the Islamic State, has other ideas.

Islamic State vs its far enemy

Behind the flux of conflict on the ground in Syria-Iraq, all sides are digging in for a long war.

Red poppies and the arms trade

A vast blood-red memorial in London evokes war's victims. Behind it stand the weapon-makers that could create millions more.

Islamic State: power of belief

The strength of the new jihadi movement is to link ideology and combat experience. The failures of its western enemy add fuel to its cause. 

A letter from Raqqa

A second letter from an Islamic State adherent operating in the part of Syria controlled by the movement.

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