A few reflections on the AAG

I recently got back from the AAG and thought I would share a few reflections on my time in Chicago. Having never been to an AAG conference, I was slightly surprised by the scale of it. On the first day alone, over 90 sessions ran alongside each other. It was big, perhaps to the point…

Dredging geopolitics: Moving dirt, silt and sand

Source: http://www.janes.com/article/46083/china-building-airstrip-capable-island-on-fiery-cross-reef   Recently, satellite photos have been released purporting to show the development of a concrete runway in the contested waters of the South China Sea. As with the aerial photographs taken by a U2 spy plane over Cuba in the early 1960s, the released images have unleashed febrile commentary about China’s intentions on Fiery Cross…

India’s Daughter: #banBBC

India is engulfed in a media storm, with the British Broadcasting Corporation at its epicentre.  The BBC stands accused of commissioning and broadcasting a documentary that is part of a worldwide ‘conspiracy to defame India’. The film, India’s Daughter, examines the the gang rape and murder of a 23 year old female student, Jyoti Singh, in…

Disobedient Objects

By Hannah Dickinson “But disobedient objects are necessarily rough, raw things, whose edges are open to further modification and appropriation. Only their contexts of use make them whole. Rather than being ‘dead’ like a butterfly closed in a case, disobedient objects on exhibition are unfinished, like a political sticker never stuck, its hope and rage…

The Great Hedge of India

By Oliver Dixon. Ollie is a Durham graduate currently studying for an MSc in Geopolitics and Security. He studies issues of conflict analysis, terrorism, and defence policy. He reads widely on these and broader issues of security in both Sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia.  British colonial history tells many remarkable tales, none more so than…