Irregular War: ISIS, Elites and Revolts from the Margins

14th May

Prof. Paul Rogers

ISIS, al Qaida, Boko Haram, Al Shabab and the Taliban are all separate manifestations of a new non-state dynamic which is now driving international conflict through asymmetric and hybrid warfare. The fundamental problem for the future is not a clash of civilisations but revolts from the margins in an increasingly divided and constrained world. Faced with insurgencies which stem from a deeply flawed economic system, and which might even involve weapons of mass destruction, we need radically to change our understanding of security. Such a change is possible, but it will require vision and commitment.

Paul Rogers is a biologist by academic origin, and Professor at the University of Bradford’s Department of Peace Studies. He is also the Oxford Research Group’s Global Security Consultant. He has worked in the field of international security, arms control and political violence for over 30 years. He lectures at universities and defence colleges in several countries and has written or edited 26 books. He writes monthly Briefings for the ORG website analysing the international security situation, and reports for ORG on international security and the ‘War on Terror’. He is a frequent commentator on global security issues in both the national and international media, and writes regularly for OpenDemocracy. His family home is a smallholding near Huddersfield which contains a broadcasting studio, installed because of the frequency with which he is called by radio stations at home and abroad.