Paul Rogers

Paul Rogers is professor in the department of peace studies at Bradford University, northern England. He is openDemocracy’s international security adviser, and has been writing a weekly column on global security since 28 September 2001; he also writes a monthly briefing for the Oxford Research Group. His latest book is ‘Irregular War: ISIS and the New Threat from the Margins‘ (IB Tauris, 2016), which follows ‘Why We’re Losing the War on Terror‘ (Polity, 2007), and ‘Losing Control: Global Security in the 21st Century‘ (Pluto Press, 3rd edition, 2010). He is on Twitter at: @ProfPRogers

A lecture by Paul Rogers, delivered to the Food Systems Academy in late 2014, provides an overview of the analysis that underpins his openDemocracy column. The lecture – ‘The crucial century, 1945-2045: transforming food systems in a global context‘ – focuses on the central place of food systems in human security worldwide. Paul argues that food is the pivot of humanity’s next great transition. It can be accessed here

Storm Elliott

Will the weather eventually provoke radical action on climate?

With two world summits on the global environment at the end of last year – COP27 and COP15 – there should have been the prospect of an immediate impact on the looming disaster of climate breakdown.

January 18, 2023

Edward Colston empty plinth

UK activists keep being acquitted by juries. What does that mean for protest?

When juries deliver verdicts that offend the political establishment, they are commonly termed ‘perverse’ – and Boris Johnson’s government has been experiencing a veritable plague of perversity in recent months.

January 31, 2022

Presidential Palace in Kabul

With or without the Taliban, COVID and climate will inspire terrorism

Unless the elites of the world transform their understanding of security, things are going to look good for extreme movements in the 2030s and beyond, whether they stem from perverse religious identities, ethnicities, nationalisms or political ideologies.

August 19, 2021

Climate politics: a melting glacier…

The great floods across parts of southern England may have abated, but questions over their linkage to climate change are among the most powerful residues.

February 27, 2014


A world in protest

The global demonstrations of 2011 both highlight the reality of economic system-failure and reveal its linkages to the crisis of resource constraints. The result is a measure of the scale of change needed over coming decades.

November 18, 2011

A time of riot: England and the world

An explosion of unrest and looting by young people that began in London and spread to other cities is a particular case of a global pattern with shared roots.

August 12, 2011

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