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 on sustainable security, delivered to the Quaker yearly meeting on 3 August 2011, provides an overview of the analysis that underpins his openDemocracy column. It is available in two parts and can be accessed from here

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A warmed-up cold war

The east-west dispute over Crimea is full of tensions within as well as between each side. Its drivers include the chance to refuel older geopolitical ambitions.

A different climate

Many new paths to climate action are being taken, with the global south in the forefront. Even modest support and publicity from their northern counterparts can bring huge benefits. 

The drone-casualty-law-civic nexus

The issue of civilian casualties from armed-drone strikes in Afghanistan and elsewhere needs transparency from Britain's military establishment. Both legal and civic pressures are rising.

The drone evasion

A parliamentary report on the UK's use of armed-drones in Afghanistan is, in its language and its attitude to casualties, a study in closure.

A tale of two speeches

Vladimir Putin's vision of Russia's destiny has parallels with George W Bush's of the United States in the aftermath of 9/11. This makes the existing crisis over Ukraine even more acute.

Iraq, past and future war

The retreat from Afghanistan is proving hard enough for the United States. But its military return to Iraq is much more serious.

Ukraine's crisis, the west's trap

The dangerous stand-off with Russia over Ukraine is also a display of the west's skewed perceptions and moral vanities.   

Climate politics: a melting glacier...

A new political tone on climate change in Britain is matched by a breakthrough in understanding the retreat of tropical glaciers.

A flooded future: Essex to the world

Two floods, two eras, two worlds. The contrast between 1953 and 2014 in southern England is a lesson both in class and climate change.  

Egypt and al-Qaida, the prospect

A cycle of military repression and violent jihadi resistance in Egypt threatens to eclipse the democratic hopes of the Arab awakening.

Syria, a vital proposal

The Geneva conference offers little hope of a breakthrough to halt Syria's nightmare. This makes a different approach all the more urgent.

The Arctic disconnect

If long-term climate disruption is a reality, so is the prospect of short-term benefit for states such as Canada and Russia. But their governments' denial of climate change looks back not forward. 

Syria at Geneva II: the missing proxy

A way forward in Syria must address the rival positions of Iran and Saudi Arabia. In this context, the Geneva talks offer little hope.

Syria, the peace margin

An alignment of interests over Syria offers slim hope of movement in resolving the country's nightmare. But differences of view among the anti-Assad forces remain a great obstacle to progress.

2014, a climate emergency

The accelerating pace of extreme weather events is an acute challenge to political leaders.

Al-Qaida's idea, three years on

The Arab awakening promised democratic change and the end of violent jihadism. Today, the losers of 2010-11 are again on the rise.

Non-violence: past, present, future

An informative guide to non-violent activism worldwide offers a valuable, positive resource through difficult times. It is also a tribute to the lifelong work of its co-editor, Howard Clark.

Iran, hopes and fears

The improved relations between Washington and Tehran could become part of a wider realignment that allows progress in ending Syria's war.

Al-Qaida, Nigeria, and a long war

The strategy of the United States and its allies in face of the "al-Qaida idea" will prolong not settle the global war.

Syria and Libya, a slow meltdown

The diplomatic agreement over Iran is welcome. But it also conceals policy failure and media neglect in two arenas of deepening war and insecurity: Syria and Libya.

Climate change: canary to ghost

The oil-and-gas industry is impervious to extreme weather events, from the Philippines to Sardinia. But both precedent and experience could turn its world upside down - and soon. 

The climate cliff: nuclear echoes

During the cold war, nuclear near-catastrophe provoked an enlightened political response. Will history be repeated over the climate emergency?

Syria, the next blowback

The balance of forces inside Syria and across the region makes current United States strategy perilous.

The SWISH Report (23)

What is the condition of and what are the prospects for al-Qaida? The movement has commissioned a new report from the near-legendary management consultancy, whose offices are now dispersed following collateral damage to its Waziristan HQ from an armed-drone strike.

Syria, a decade's legacy

The difficult choice faced by the United States and its allies in Syria is rooted in the strategic errors of the early post-9/11 years.  

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