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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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Adam Bychawski

Adam Bychawski is an editorial assistant at openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

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.

Nuclear weapons: playing with fire

Britain's neglected history of nuclear accidents makes the case for a new safety regime.

Moscow's armourers and British tabloids

Russia has sent two advanced fighter jets to Syria. But this is a tale of its vulnerability as much as its strength.

The mystery of the Russian planes that never were

Is Russia a military threat to the west? A larger past and closer detail offer fresh light.   

Syria's wars: a new dynamic

The Israel-Iran antagonism risks fusing with the Russia-United States one.

A quick guide to nuclear weapons

The what, when, where of nuclear danger – and the good news about dispelling it.

A speech too far: Trump's delusion

George W Bush's post-9/11 address launched sixteen years of war. Donald Trump's sequel promises many more.     

Britain's military: costs of failure, symbols of vanity

The real security threats to the United Kingdom come not from Russia but from climate change, inequality and marginalisation.

ISIS and Tunisia-Iran: a deeper link

The anger and ideals of excluded young people contain a story of the world's disorder.

What are the chances of a nuclear nightmare?

Trump's tweet-talk, loose lips, and big button amplify the risks over Korea and Iran 

ISIS: the comeback

Iraq's depleted military and urban wreckage plant the seeds of an ISIS revival.

The next war: ISIS plus expertise

In the ashes of the caliphate lie the seeds of a new and even more dangerous ISIS.

Trump, Pence, Jerusalem: the Christian Zionism connection

The political use of a religious vision spells danger for Israel, America, and the world.

Trump's gift, Taliban's gain

In the seventeenth year of American-led war in Afghanistan, the gap between plan and outcome is as wide as ever. 

The Trump wars era

From Washington to Cairo, military aggression and "keeping the lid on" are proving deadly. And they will never work.

The myth of the "clean war"

Trump's worldview promises low-cost military success. The blasting apart of civilian lives in Iraq says otherwise. 

Making Britain Great Again – in a different way

By thinking big and making connections, Labour can raise people and country.

Remote war and public air

The CIA's military role in the Afghan morass shows the need for open democracy in an age of hidden violence.

Letter from London, not Raqqa

An ISIS adherent reports from his new base, in the latest of a series imagined by Paul Rogers.

ISIS, a global franchise

What do a Somalia truck, a Filipino city, and a Niger start-up have in common?

Trump vs Kim Jong-un: nuclear war by 2019?

The risk exists now. A potent mix of narcissism and nuclear bombs could trigger it.

Britain's global role: fantasy vs reality

The UK's government and military are trapped in a futile search for greatness, thus missing the country's true security challenges.

North Korea: a catastrophe foretold

Amid Trump and Kim Jong-un's perilous standoff, the history of nuclear near-accidents is a call to wisdom and caution.

Britain’s distant war

The latest attack in London is deeply connected to a hidden war Britain itself is waging.

ISIS: a war unwon

The Philippines, as much as Iraq and Syria, is a measure of the "war of terror" in 2017.

Trump in a fix: North Korea and Iran

Washington's post-9/11 rhetoric still traps the United States and endangers the world.

Iran, and a diplomacy deficit

Washington's enmity with Tehran, as much as that with Pyongyang, could spark into crisis. But who will avert it?

Raqqa defiant, a letter

An ISIS operative explains to a friend why he still feels optimistic, in the latest of a series imagined by Paul Rogers.

The Barcelona attack

After 16 years of the so-called war on terror, people feel no more secure than in the aftermath of 9/11.

Arms bazaar: needs wars, eats lives

A world of conflict and fear means boom time for big military companies.

Trump vs North Korea: a 1945 echo

Trump's bombast amplifies a perilous nuclear crisis. North Korea remembers the Truman plan. The risk of war is real. 

North Korea: the art of the deal

Pyongyang is close to its nuclear-weapons goal. Diplomacy – and a sense of history – are now needed.

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