Conflict And Security : The Context Of Transnational / ' Post ' National Actors '

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This week’s examination of ‘conflict and security’ in the context of transnational/ ’post’ national actors, allows us to discuss the ways in which ‘traditional’ security studies is being contested. The constitutive events of September 11th have widened the scope of our discussion to include the ways in which neoliberal global markets has shaped the securitization discourse, with underlying assumptions of hypermasculinity in military strategy and hyperfemininity in the consumption/production of those markets at war. Pieces by Weber, and Agathangelou and Ling, examine the relationship between hypermasculine/ hyperfeminine logics in security discourse and its relation to the neoliberal ordering of global markets. Mearsheimer and Gilpin, operating within a realist framework, provide a critique of the Iraq war within the parameters of traditional security relations, situating the issue of non-state actors (Al Qaeda) in the context of U.S alliances and schisms with varying Middle Eastern regimes (Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria). Finally, Barkawai and Laffey offer their critique of a Eurocentric security discourse that is subsequently unable to account for the efficacy and ‘popularity’ of groups like Al Qaeda. Questions that can be drawn from the works this week include: what role do war and security play in respect to power relations? Inasmuch as we understand questions of war and security to not be confined to the state; how is war leveraged for the…

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