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IS and the barbarism of war

The following is an op-ed I recently published in the Otago Daily Times about the barbarism of ISIS and how we might put it in context: The latest atrocity by Islamic State forces in Iraq in which a captured Jordanian … Continue reading

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How not to tackle Islamic State

The current hysteria shown by both politicians and the mainstream media about Islamic State (IS) is so devoid of reason and factual evidence that it is difficult to know where to start in formulating a corrective. As a researcher who … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Terrorist: A Novel

In 2011, I started writing a novel about terrorism. I did so because although I had read literally hundreds of novels about terrorism, I had yet to find one which I could in all good conscience recommend to my students … Continue reading

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Swords into Ploughshares: A World Peace Day Sermon

The following is the text of the sermon I gave today at St Paul’s Cathedral, Dunedin, as part of World Peace Day Sunday: May the words of my mouth, and the meditation of our hearts, be acceptable in your sight, … Continue reading

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We’ve all failed Syria

Yesterday, I saw the report from the BBC Panorama team in Syria who witnessed the aftermath of a horrific attack in which an incendiary bomb was dropped onto a school playground. The images of children with napalm-like burns over their … Continue reading

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A Self-Inflicted Wound; or, The Burden of Scholarship

I once spent a year studying all the violent international conflicts between 1945 and 1995. Fifty years of people killing, raping, torturing, terrorising and brutalising each other. It was research for an encyclopaedia of international conflict. It was a great … Continue reading

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War Remembrance, Religion and Nation: A Photo Essay

I’ve been interested in the way societies remember war ever since I began to seriously study how war is socially constructed and legitimated. I have a fascination with war memorials and the kind of ‘banal militarism’ they represent and engender. … Continue reading

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