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Current “Current Intelligence”

It’s been a busy week for me adjusting to new blog formats in multiple spaces. So while LGM readers wait for their heads to stop spinning at this site’s facelift, I encourage them to hop on over and check out the new Current Intelligence site, also just renovated this week.

Current Intelligence
, where I post from time to time about the laws of war, used to be an off-shoot of Complex Terrain Lab but is now an online journal with a blog, a set of more formal foreign policy columnists including my Duck of Minerva co-blogger Jon Western, and a “Letters from Abroad” series in which the site’s bloggers report from places they visit, like Durban, South Africa and Varanasi, India. Our illustrious editor actually convinced me to contribute a piece on New Orleans as a “letter from abroad” – something you can actually do at an online journal where political community is understood to be delimited by something other than sovereign territorial boundaries. Snippet:

“It was corporate hotel culture I and my colleagues visited, not New Orleans per se.The gap between physical and social place-ness struck me all week, just as it does when I “pass through” sovereign territorial-legal spaces while never leaving the neo-medieval corridors of international airports – each of which aims to present a caricature of national culture but all of which function as carriers instead of a global culture, one characterized by spaces of liminality and heterogeneity. And yet one’s experience in such spaces borders on strictly homogeneous from a class perspective. We find ourselves compartmentalized from others around us not by geography or language but by norms, rules, uniforms and political economies… Transnational conference sites are like this too. They are hyped up as opportunities to visit a locale, interface with a population, affect local understandings, but they are actually transnational sites in which cleavages are based on capital.”

Anyway. Current Intelligence covers foreign affairs, asymmetric conflict, war law and post-Westphalian political geography. It’s a fabulous community that includes a number of excellent bloggers such as Chris Albon (ConflictHealth is one of the finest human security sites I know of), Tim Stevens who also blogs at Ubiwar, and of course Mike Innes who blogs at Monkwire and is behind the whole thing.

[cross-posted at LGM]


Guest Stint at Complex Terrain Lab

This semester, I will be ocassionally cross-posting / guest blogging on laws of war-related topics at Complex Terrain Lab, and wanted to encourage readers of The Duck to take a good hard look at these folks.

From the mission statement:

“The Complex Terrain Laboratory (CTLab) is an independent, interdisciplinary project focused on problems of international relations, international law, and political violence. Founded in the School of Public Policy at University College London, CTLab concerns itself with the conceptual and social science dimensions of legal and policy challenges in current affairs. Drawing on university-wide strengths in spatial research and analysis, it is especially concerned with the politics of place and space, and with variable geometries of conflict and militancy.”

Its approach is multidisciplinary – built around the notion that “terrain” is a security metaphor for complex physical, human, and virtual environments.

Check it out.

My IR theory / human rights / advocacy networks / methodology / geek potty humor posts will remain exclusively here, naturally.


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