Publications

Landmines and Mine Action

Foreign Aid and Landmine Clearance: Governance, Politics and Security in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Sudan — My book on the politics of US and Norwegian foreign aid for demining in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Sudan. Focuses in particular on issues of privatization, security and governance.

Landmine clearance: revealing differences in US and Norwegian approaches to insecurity” — Article featured by Atomium Culture, which facilitates the “exchange and dissemination of the most innovative European research.”

Obama’s landmine stance doesn’t match Nobel rhetoric” — An Op-Ed in The Examiner arguing that joining the landmine and cluster munitions bans would be a way to put into action Obama’s rhetoric in his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.

Landmine Monitor Report 2009 — I was the editor of the sections on victim assistance and casualty statistics in this annual report monitoring countries’ compliance with the landmine ban treaty. I also drafted the executive summary of casualty statistics, pp. 46-55.

Obama Follows Bush on Landmines” — An Op-Ed in The Guardian, condemning Obama’s refusal to sign the landmines ban.

Governance & Post-Statist Security: The Politics of US and Norwegian Foreign Aid for Demining in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Sudan” — An abstract of my PhD dissertation in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics.

“Mine Action with a Human Face” — A call for mine action based on humanitarian and peacebuilding principles.

Coping with Clandestine Structures in International Intervention” — Analyzes the ways demining agencies dealt with the powerful ‘clandestine structures’ — warlords, paramilitaries, organized crime networks — in the aftermath of conflicts in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Sudan.

The Movements against Mines, Cluster Munitions and Explosive Remnants of War: The Indochinese Wars to the Present” — A history of efforts to mitigate mines and UXO since the Vietnam War.

Sudan’s Expensive Landmines” — An evaluation of issues in the Sudanese mine action program.

Goldmine?” — A critique of the commercialization of the Afghan demining program.

Bosnia’s Political Landmines” — An attempt to learn from problems with demining privatization in Bosnia.

Mine Action in Bosnia’s Special District” — An overview of mine action in the Brcko District.

The Arms Trade Treaty

Arms Trade Treaty: Keeping weapons from terrorists and human rights abusers” — Article for The Hill analysing the role of the gun lobby in the US Senate’s tenative opposition to the Arms Trade Treaty.

The Arms Trade Treaty: A Pan-African Global Policy Victory” — An article for Think Africa Press on the role of Africa states, civil society and faith groups in the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations.

ATT: “Let the World Know that Africa Will Not Agree to a Weak Treaty” — An article for Think Africa Press on the impact of the arms trade in Africa, and the broad mobilization for an Arms Trade Treaty.

Arms Trade Treaty negotiations stalled, but campaign achieves gains in global standard against arms transfers to human rights abusers.” A statement for Article 36, which I co-authored with Thomas Nash.

Finding Beauty in the Ugly End to the Arms Trade Treaty Conference: The Discursive Victory” — The final article in a series of four commentary pieces I filed from the July 2012 Arms Trade Treaty Diplomatic Conference for Global Policy‘s online Comment and Editorial section.

Draft Arms Trade Treaty Omits Explicit Reference to ‘Unmanned’ Weapons” — an analysis I wrote for the Imternational Committee for Robot Arms Control.

A Drafty Treaty?: The Holes in the Draft Arms Trade Treaty” — The third of a series of four commentary pieces I filed from the July 2012 Arms Trade Treaty Diplomatic Conference for Global Policy‘s online Comment and Editorial section.

The World According to a Gun Lobbyist: The Self-Serving Ideology of Weapons Industry Pressure Groups” — The second of a series of four commentary pieces I filed from the July 2012 Arms Trade Treaty Diplomatic Conference for Global Policy‘s online Comment and Editorial section.

Diplomatic Epistemology: Debating the Existence of Objective Knowledge at the Arms Trade Treaty Negotiations” — The first of a series of four commentary pieces I filed from the July 2012 Arms Trade Treaty Diplomatic Conference for Global Policy‘s online Comment and Editorial section.

Globalization and the Kalashnikov: Public–Private Networks in the Trafficking and Control of Small Arms” — An academic journal article exploring the global politics of SALW proliferation and control.

Unlikely Bedfellows: US and Iranian Shared Positions on the Emerging Global Laws of War” — Explains why the US and Iran tend to share similar positions on the global governance of conventional weapons.

Cluster Munitions

The Role of Middle Power-NGO Coalitions in Global Policy: The Case of the Cluster Munitions Ban” — An academic journal article, co-authored with Thomas Nash, head of the Cluster Munition Campaign.

Ban these pernicious weapons” — An Op-Ed in The Guardian, calling on Obama to sign the cluster bomb ban.

The Movements against Mines, Cluster Munitions and Explosive Remnants of War: The Indochinese Wars to the Present” — A history of efforts to mitigate mines and UXO since the Vietnam War.

Robotic Weapons

Autonomous Robots: Banning Killing Machines” – I am interviewed in this documentary video directed and produced by Amy Kohn, which introduces the reasons why we must consider a ban on autonomous robots.

Killer Robots Treaty” – My proposal for an International Convention on Robotic, Tele-Operated and Autonomous Weapons and Related Military Systems.

Toward a Ban on Killer Robots” – An article for Global Policy‘s Comment & Opinion section, which compares the post-WWI reflections of science fiction writer H.G. Wells with a new report from Human Rights Watch calling for a ban on fully autonomous armed robots.

Time to Ban Killer Robots?” — An article for Global Policy‘s Comment & Opinion section that calls for a ban on fully autonomous armed robots and explores what the scope of a treaty might be.

Ban Autonomous Armed Robots” — Calls for a ban on fully autonomous robotic weapons, co-authored with Richard Moyes and Thomas Nash of Article 36.

Underwater Munitions

Technocratic Responses to the Politicization of Risk: Underwater Munitions in New York City’s Gravesend Bay and Narrows” — An academic journal article examining the politics of managing the risk of discarded munitions under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge between Brooklyn and Staten Island.

Conflict and Humanitarianism

Book Review: Bosnia remade: ethnic cleansing and its reversal” — Review of book by Gerard Toal and Carl T. Dahlman applying theories of critical geopolitics to the situation in Bosnia.

Human Security after State Collapse: Global Governance in Post-Earthquake Haiti” — In a report for the London School of Economics, I examine the complex political system of aid in Haiti.

Responding Responsibly to Disasters” — A guide for people wanting to donate resources or volunteer time in response to a humanitarian emergency.

Privatization of our military forces has some big risks” — Op-Ed in The Examiner questions the wisdom of military privatization.

The politics of NGO registration in international protectorates: The cases of Bosnia and Iraq” — An examination of how international governance structures try to govern NGOs through registration laws.

New War on the American Frontier? Exploring the Newness of the New Wars Using the Case of the 1838 Missouri Mormon War” — This looks at an inter-communal violence on the 19th Century American Frontier, comparing it with post-Cold War conflicts.

Surviving as an Aid Worker” — A guide to staying safe, sane and healthy on humanitarian assignments.

Becoming an Aid Worker” — Career advice for those embarking on a career in humanitarian and development work.

Apostle of the Poor: The Life and Work of Missionary and Humanitarian Charles D. Neff — Biography of a missionary who worked in Japan, South Korea, India, Philippines, Nigeria, Kenya and Liberia, who was scandalized by his experience of poverty and conflict in the developing world. He became an activist for progressive and anti-war causes and founded Outreach International, an NGO that does participatory community organizing in impoverished communities.

Occupy Wall Street

Occupying Political Science: The Occupy Wall Street Movement from New York to the World — a book I co-edited with my colleagues in the Political Science department at Pace University. I co-authored chapters on the structure of Occupy Wall Street (OWS) in New York City, the architecture and urban planning of OWS and the NYPD reaction to it.

I Was Inspired” — video of the Daily Beast‘s interview with me regarding OWS.

 


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