Politics @ Surrey

The blog of the Department of Politics at the University of Surrey

The Obama Doctrine: Intervention after the War on Terror

The shooting of Osama Bin Laden, President Obama’s latest foreign policy speech, and the looming drawdown of American forces in Afghanistan all point towards a welcome possibility: the sun may soon set on the War on Terror. This could be Obama’s 9/11 moment: the twilight of an ending era, followed by a slow dawn. And as Obama is acutely aware, America’s tomorrow is still to be written.


Libya: Did We Have a Choice? PSA Plenary Lecture 21 April 2011

Sir Michael Aaronson addressed the Plenary lecture of the annual Political Studies Association, in London on the 21st of April. Further details about the PSA 2011 Conference can be found on their website: http://www.psa.ac.uk/2011/ In this lecture I want to explore how it was that the UK became committed so quickly to military intervention in Libya following […]


Why “Humanitarian Intervention” in Libya is not Humanitarian

Why does my heart sink when I hear the current UN-mandated action in Libya described as “humanitarian intervention”? After all, over the last 20 years the term has acquired currency — not only among Western politicians but also academics — as a description of coercive, usually military, intervention ostensibly for humanitarian purposes. When I was […]


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