Dominant policy narratives of global security stress a convergent global threat posed by an evolving and amorphous cabal of transnational criminals and global terrorists.
This is both a consequence of transformations in material security relations and of the general absorption of globalisation theory into security thinking and public consciousness. The popular marketing of globalisation as convergence invites the search for intersecting patterns everywhere, in global markets, in global civic space and also, inevitably, in the dark caverns of the global underworld. So, it would seem, criminals and terrorists are pooling their resources to threaten, well everyone, because this is what "baddies" do in a globalising world. But in this 'syntactical convergence' a few typos have slipped through and some commas have gone astray. This paper interrogates the claims of the terror-security industry with a view to "restoring the balance" in a very lop-sided debate.
Speaker: Paul Battersby
Wednesday 26 March: 12.30 pm to 2.00 pm
Industry Engagement Room, Building 37, Level 3, Room 18