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.