Reader in International Relations
Dr Barkawi’s research interests concern armed conflict between the West and the non-European world in historical and contemporary perspective. He has written on colonial armies, ‘small wars’ and imperial warfare, the Cold War in the Third World, and on counterinsurgency and the War on Terror. More generally, he is interested in the place of armed force in histories and theories of globalization, modernization and imperialism, especially from a postcolonial perspective. He has also written on International Relations theory, the so-called ‘democratic peace’, and strategic studies.
Dr Barkawi earned his PhD in Political Science at the University of Minnesota, under the supervision of Raymond Duvall. He was previously educated at George Washington University and the London School of Economics. He has held fellowships at the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, Harvard University; the Department of War Studies, King’s College London; the Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University; and the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, Ohio State University. He has held faculty positions at the Department of International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth; the School of Politics and Sociology, Birkbeck College; the Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge; and the Department of Politics, New School for Social Research.
Dr Barkawi is author of Globalization and War and is currently completing a book on the Indian Army in the Second World War. It is a postcolonial critique of military sociology and the ‘why soldiers fight’ literature. He is also researching a new project on Orientalism at War in Korea. This project uses Orientalism to understand the shock delivered to the US military, government, and public by the events of the first year of the Korean War. It is an attempt to understand why and how ‘small wars’ generate political and cultural crisis in metropolitan countries.
Dr Barkawi is co-convenor of the CIS History and Theory in IR research group.