Dr Bryan Mabee, BA, MA (Manitoba), PhD (Aberystwyth)
Tel: 020 7882 2850
On Research Leave until January 2014.
International Historical and Political Sociology (social theory and war; dynamics of militarism; and geopolitics)
History and Theory of War (changing character of war; war and state theory; war and society)
Security Privatization and Globalization (history and dynamics of ‘private’ violence; piracy and privateering; political economy of security and war)
US Foreign Policy (domestic institutions and contexts; political development; US power and geopolitics)
I welcome applications from prospective PhD students in any of the following areas of research:
- US Foreign Policy
- Security and Globalization
- Security Privatization
- Historical Sociology of International Relations
Understanding American Power: The Changing World of US Foreign Policy, Palgrave, 2013.
Co-editor with Alejandro Colás, Mercenaries, Pirates, Bandits and Empires: Private Violence in Historical Context, London/New York: Hurst/Oxford University Press, 2010.
“Historical Institutionalism and Foreign Policy Analysis: The Origins of the National Security Council Revisited.” Foreign Policy Analysis Vol. 7, No. 1 (2011): 27-44.
“Pirates, Privateers and the Political Economy of Private Violence,” Global Change, Peace and Security Vol. 21, No. 2 (2009): 139-152.
“Re-imagining the Borders of US Security after 9/11: Securitization, Risk and the Creation of the Department of Homeland Security,” Globalizations Vol. 4, No. 3 (2007): 385-397.
"Levels and Agents, States and People: Micro-Historical Sociological Analysis and International Relations." International Politics Vol. 44, No. 4 (2007): 431-449.
“Discourses of Empire: The U.S. ‘Empire', Globalisation and International Relations.” Third World Quarterly Vol. 25, No. 8 (2004): 1359-1378.
“Security Studies and the ‘Security State': Security Provision in Historical Context.” International Relations Vol. 17, No. 2 (2003): 135-151.
Chapters in Books:
“Department of Homeland Security” and “War”, in George Ritzer (ed), Blackwell Encyclopedia of Globalization, Oxford: Blackwell, 2012.
With Alejandro Colás, “The Flow and Ebb of Privatised Seaborne Violence in Global Politics: Lessons from the Atlantic World, 1689-1815,” in Colas and Mabee (eds), Mercenaries, Pirates, Bandits and Empires: Private Violence in Historical Context, London/New York: Hurst/Columbia University Press (forthcoming: 2010).
"Defence Restructuring and the Globalization Of Security" in Mark Elam (ed), Reconstructing the Means of Violence: Defence Restructuring and Conversion, Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2001.
Recent Book Reviews:
“Curt Cardwell, NSC 68 and the Political Economy of the Early Cold War”, International Affairs Vol. 88, No. 6 (2012). 1358-1359.
“Shannon D. Beebe and Mary Kaldor, The Ultimate Weapon is No Weapon”, International Affairs Vol. 87, No. 1 (2011): 208-209.
“Gopal Balakrishnan, Antagonistics: Capitalism and Power in an Age of War”, International Affairs Vol. 85, No. 6 (2009): 1250-1251.
Recent Conference Papers:
“Varieties of Militarism: Liberalism, Militarization and Modernity”, First European Workshops, European International Studies Association (EISA), Tartu, Estonia, June 5-8, 2013.
“Liberal Militarism and US Statebuilding in an Era of Total War”, for panel on “Militarism and IR”, BISA/ISA Conference, Edinburgh, UK, June 20-22, 2012 and panel on “Markets and Militaries”, International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Diego, California, USA, April 1-4, 2012.
“An ‘Enemy of All Mankind’? Somali Piracy and the Global Political Economy”, workshop on The Global Political Economy in Uncertain Times: Change and Continuity in Neoliberalism, University of Manchester, June 9-10, 2011.
“Liberal Militarism in International Relations: Revisiting The US ‘National Security State’ ”, for panel “War and Historical Sociology”, British International Studies Association Annual Conference, Manchester, UK, April 27-29, 2011 and for panel Historicising Security, SGIR conference, Stockholm, Sweden, September 9-11, 2010..
I am currently supervising PhD's on the following subjects:
- Structural Change and US Power Projection: Structural Regionalism and the Freedom of Action Constraint
- The Political Rationalities, Governmental Practices and Governance Arrangements of the Securitization of Migration at the Global, Regional (European Union), and National (Greece) Levels
- The influence of American civil society organizations on US policy towards Sudan (1998-2008)
Associate Fellow, Institute for the Study of the Americas