Ray Acheson

Movement and (in)security: from the politics of surveillance to the politics of compassion

María LoisMigration, understood as displacement and the movement of people or groups on a temporary or permanent basis, would seem to be part and parcel of the history of humanity, or rather, of the global history of humanity. We are taught that human beings moved around, even in prehistoric times, and that they moved in search of a better life, whatever the meaning of “better” may have been. It could have meant greater access to food or more favourable living conditions, it could have been...

Multipolar dispute: between old mistakes and new uncertainties

Marta Cazorla | Irene LópezAfter the 2020 pandemic, which exponentially increased the level of uncertainty that we westerners were accustomed to living with, 2022 surprised us with yet another unexpected phenomenon, an occurrence that security-focussed think tanks believed to be a thing of the past: international war. War “like we used to have”, with tanks and armies, bombed out cities and—to the delight of those harbouring nostalgia for the 20th century—the looming threat of nuclear war. A...

International relations and the energy crisis: what has changed since war broke out in ukraine?

Rafael FernándezFifty years ago the Yom Kippur War marked the beginning of a new stage in the history of international energy relations. With more than a hint of déjà vu, we are living in times reminiscent of those critical years: an embargo on Russian oil; Russia’s subsequent response of reducing and then interrupting Europe’s gas supply; the price hikes on both forms of fuel; inflation shock; stagflation; energy saving measures, energy security returning to the forefront of national...

War Effort and Kitchen-Sink Geopolitics

Irene Zugasti“War-Effort” is one of the most twisted pieces of wartime language which, though it has been a while since we have heard it used in Europe, has withstood the test of time It means, essentially, that the State can call on its people to make sacrifices and mobilise their resources—their bodies, time, work, and even their lives—in the name of victory and national interest. This concept is devious because effort is, in and of itself, a dangerous idea, pertaining as it often does to...

(The only way to) Stop Wars and Save the World

David VineWhile millions have suffered due to Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine, some have profited. Oil companies and major weapons manufacturers have been among those to benefit most. As the main suppliers of the Ukrainian military, the United States’ arms makers, in particular, have profited mightily. Beyond arms sent to Ukraine, U.S. weapons manufacturers and their allies in and around the U.S. Congress have taken advantage of the war to boost total U.S. military spending—having nothing to...

A Tale of Two Utopias: Musk and Bezos in Outer Space

Mary-Jane RubensteinI. Meet the astropreneurs I first realized something was up when Elon Musk launched a car into orbit. It was January of 2018 and SpaceX was looking to test its Falcon Heavy rocket, woo the U.S. military, and make sure everyone was watching. So rather than display the Falcon’s carrying capacity with, say, slabs of concrete or steel, Musk decided to strap a blazing red Tesla Roadster to its back. A perfectly good, even exquisite, car. One hundred thousand dollars’ worth of...

The future of human rights and overcoming anthropocentrism

Eduardo BarcesatIn our current climate, between the aftershocks of a pandemic that seems to have no end and a growing wave of militarism resurrecting dangerous ghosts from the past, the notion of humanity itself has become a topic of debate. Natural disasters are becoming more frequent and intense, resulting from global warming caused by extreme, extractivist and predatory policies that are upending the natural harmony between living creatures and their environment. All of this serves as the...

Beyond the “Interregnum”: Is a Non-Hegemonic World Possible?

Ramzy Baroud | Romana RubeoThe letter “Z”, which has been linked to the Russian war in Ukraine, has morphed to represent something bigger than a mere military symbol. Many people, especially in the Global South, are proudly donning this letter on their clothes and other accessories. The phenomenon has been reported in the Middle East and South America, as well as other countries. [1][1] Al Mayadeen, “Venezuela stands in solidarity with Russia”, April 3, 2022,...

A new political imagination: creating realistic utopias (part II)

Patricio Cabello | Andrés LomeñaEvery day new challenges arise and grow in severity against the backdrop of a globalised world: war, inflation and supply chain crises are new flare-ups in a system that has failed at its core. If anything ties all these events together it is the complex relationship between the kind of energy needed to survive and the kind of energy that threatens to destroy the planet. For political economics professor Helen Thompson, the root of our precarious and...

The power of dissident solidarity in the rise of ultraliberal authoritarianism

Jean Wyllys | Judith ButlerOver the last decade we have witnessed a global resurgence of authoritarianism and the far right. The rise of Trumpism in the United States, Bolsonarism in Brazil, as well as Orbanism in Hungary and the consolidation of Putin’s power in Russia all show that the period of liberal politics following the fall of the Berlin Wall is drawing to a close. This period has brought with it two significant cultural transformations. On the one hand, there has been a growing and...