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Empire in Decline?

Launch of the Journal of Critical Globalisation Studies Issue 4: ‘Empire in Decline?’

A talk by Francis Shor

The launch of the forthcoming special issue of the JCGS on ‘Crisis’ will be introduced by past contributor, Francis Shor, giving a presentation of his new book, Dying Empire: U.S Imperialism and Global Resistance, followed by a drinks reception, at:

Royal Holloway College, Bedford Square, 2 Gower Street, WC1E 6DP, London

April 27th from 16.00 to 19.00

Open to all; just turn up!

Is theUnited States an empire in decline, as argued by world systems theorists? Indeed, can theUS even be categorized as an “empire”? This presentation, based on material from Shor’s latest book “Dying Empire,” will highlight the economic, geopolitical, and ideological/cultural dimensions of the rise and fall of the US Empire.

Although focused on the long trajectory of US empire, special attention will be given to the post WWII construction of American global hegemony and the more recent flashpoints indicative of the decline of that hegemony.

Journal of Critical Globalisation Studies: http://www.criticalglobalisation.com

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The Geopolitics of Global Energy: International Competition, Rivalry and Conflict

http://www.bbk.ac.uk/polsoc/news/thegeopoliticsofglobalenergy

The Geopolitics of Global Energy: International Competition, Rivalry and Conflict
An International Workshop on 28-29 May 2009, Birkbeck College, University of London

For further information and free registration please contact: a.colas@bbk.ac.uk

 

In recent years questions surrounding energy security have become the focus of international security and global politics. A number of issues have been central to these debates:

 
    • The impact of high energy prices on economic development and 
political stability within states
    • The dependence of industrialised states on sources of energy from 
unstable geopolitical zones
    • The role of states in securing access to and control of energy 
resources
    • The relationship between commercial energy producers and 
distributors to governments
    • The geopolitical consequences of the increased leverage of energy 
producing states
    • The international political and geopolitical consequences of the 
competition amongst states to secure access to and control of energy resources

This workshop brings together a number of international specialists on energy security and geopolitics in order to shed further theoretical and empirical light on contemporary resource competition and rivalry, especially – though not exclusively – between the West and its Eurasian contenders. In particular the workshop will compare and contrast the strategies and policies of states in the Europe, the Americas, East Asia and Africa, as both producers and consumers of energy. It seeks, additionally, to explore with greater rigour and precision the meaning and purchase of the ‘geopolitical’ turn in contemporary international studies.

 

Programme:

 

Mark BASSIN, University of Birmingham – ‘Energy and the Geopolitics of Russian Neo-Imperialism’

Cyrus BINA, University of Minnesota, USA – ‘Oil: The Geopolitics of Energy in the Epoch of Globalization’

Klaus DODDS, Royal Holloway, University of London – ‘The Arctic in the Global Imagination: Geopolitics, Resources, and Environment’

Dominick JENKINS, formerly of Greenpeace, London – ‘Churchill, Oil and the Royal Navy’

Ray KIELY, Queen Mary, University of London – ‘Theories of Imperialism, Contemporary Geopolitics and the Rise of China’

Kees VAN DER PIJL, University of Sussex – ‘The West, Georgia and Russia-Rearticulating Politics and Economics’

Gonzalo POZO-MARTIN, School of Slavonic and East-European Studies, University of London – ‘Inflammable Politics: Russia, Ukraine and NATO Enlargement’

Sam RAPHAEL, University of Kingston – ‘US Empire and the Control of Oil: Lessons from the Caspian Basin’

Doug STOKES, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Kent – ‘Unpacking the Logics of the US Global Oil Order’

Javier VADELL, Catholic University, Belo Horizonte, Minais Gerais, Brazil – ‘The Chinese Economic Penetration of South America and the US Response’

Paris YEROS, Catholic University, Belo Horizonte, Minais Gerais, Brazil – ‘Emergent (Sub) Imperialisms: The New Scramblers for Africa’s Energy and Minerals’

 

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