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Tarak Barkawi, PhD  
Postdoctoral Fellow (former)

Centre of International Studies
University of Cambridge
First Floor
17 Mill Lane
Cambridge CB2 1RX
01223-767-233 (voice)

Research Interests
historical evolution of "north/south warfare"; european imperialism; the cold war in the third world; peacekeeping; the place of armed force in contemporary north/south relations

Tarak Barkawi is a Senior Lecturer in international security at the Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge, and was a 2005-2006 postdoctoral fellow at CISAC. His research concerns the historical evolution of "North/South warfare," including European imperialism, the Cold War in the Third World, peacekeeping, and the place of armed force in contemporary North/South relations. His PhD dissertation was a political and military sociology of British imperial forces in the Far East in the Second World War, which he is currently revising for publication. He has recently published a book on globalization and warfare. Additionally, Barkawi has written on aspects of international relations theory, critiquing the "Democratic Peace" and the neglect of the concepts of empire and imperialism, and exploring the relationship between Max Weber and Hans Morgenthau. Future projects include Orientalism in Times of War: Why "Small Wars" have Big Consequences, Imperial Highs: Narcotics and Power in World Politics, and a sociology of the South Vietnamese Army.

Barkawi earned his PhD in the Department of Political Science, University of Minnesota, and studied previously at the London School of Economics and George Washington University. He has held posts in the Department of International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and the School of Politics and Sociology, Birkbeck College, University of London.

News around the web

9/11 and the makers of history
Tarak Barkawi: "After 9/11, the administration of US President George W Bush initiated the era of the global war on terror. For many, this was a misguided response to terror attacks. But before the decade was over, US forces invaded two countries and are now fighting shadow wars in Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan ..."
September 6, 2011 in

The globalisation of revolution
Tarak Barkawi: "To listen to the hype about social networking websites and the Egyptian revolution, one would think it was Silicon Valley and not the Egyptian people who overthrew Mubarak. Via its technologies, the West imagines itself to have been the real agent in the uprising."
March 21, 2011 in