New Book on South Asian Security by Monika Barthwal-Datta

Understanding Security Practices in South Asia - Monika Barthwal-Datta (Sydney).

Fomer researcher in the Department of Politics and International Relations, Dr Monika Barthwal-Datta, has just published a new book. The book explores the ways in which non-state actors (NSAs) in South Asia are involved in securitising non-traditional security challenges in the region at the sub-state level.

South Asia is the epicentre of some of the most significant international security challenges today. Yet, the complexities of the region’s security dynamics remain under-researched. While traditional security issues, such as inter-state war, border disputes and the threat of nuclear devastation in South Asia, remain high on the agendas of policy-makers and academics both within and beyond the region, scant attention has been paid to non-traditional or ‘new’ security challenges.

Drawing on various case studies, this work offers an innovative analysis of how NSAs in South Asia are shaping security discourses in the region and tackling security challenges at the sub-state level. Through its critique of securitisation theory, the book calls for a new approach to studying security practices in South Asia – one which considers NSAs as legitimate security actors.

This book will be of much interest to students of security studies, Asian security, Asian politics, critical security studies, and IR in general.

Details can be found here: 

Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 01:00PM by Registered CommenterDr Alister Miskimmon | CommentsPost a Comment

The UK and the European Union Budget, 2014-2020

This is the title of a workshop to be held on Friday 16 March, co-funded and co-organised by the European Commission and the Centre for European Politics at Royal Holloway. Speakers include Stefan Lehner, Director of Multiannual Programming at DG Budgets, European Commission, and Brendan Donnelly, Director of the Federal Trust. Papers will be given on the negotiations, including the British negotiating position, and on possible outcomes for the British budget rebate, as well as the future of agricultural and regional development spending in the UK after 2013. The workshop will be chaired by Dr Giacomo Benedetto of the Centre for European Politics.

The event will take place at Royal Holloway's central London base at 2 Gower Street, London WC1 and will run from 1.30 to 6pm on Friday 16 March. Those wishing to attend should email as soon as possible.


Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 10:35PM by Registered CommenterDr Giacomo Benedetto | CommentsPost a Comment

Sharon Bowles MEP, Chair of the Economic and Monetary Affaris Committee of the European Parliament

The Young European Movement RHUL is proud to invite you to its forthcoming debate with
Sharon Bowles MEP, Chair of the European Parliament's Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs:
“The Eurozone Financial Crisis from an insider’s perspective”
Sharon Bowles is regularly named by the media and industry as one of the most influential Members of the European Parliament. She is the first Briton and first Liberal to chair the European Parliament's powerful Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, where she plays a leading role in responding to the Eurozone financial crisis. Come along to her speech and get to know more about her work and the current European economic crisis.
Date: Friday 10th February
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: Management Building Lecture Theatre (MBLT), Royal Holloway, University of London
All are welcome!

This event is organised by the Young European Movement



Posted on Friday, February 3, 2012 at 06:39PM by Registered CommenterDr Giacomo Benedetto | CommentsPost a Comment

New IR posts at Royal Holloway

Department of Politics and International Relations

Royal Holloway, University of London

Egham, Surrey


Lecturer in Politics and International Relations (x0112/6840)

Senior Lecturer/Reader in Politics and International Relations (x0112/6839)


Lecturer salary is in the range £39,146 to £46,300 per annum inclusive of London Allowance.


Senior Lecturer/Reader salary is in the range £47,620 to £54,840 per annum inclusive of London Allowance.


The Department of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London, invites applications for two posts, one at Lecturer and the other at Senior Lecturer/Reader level.  Both posts are tenable from 1 September 2012.


These appointments are the first during what we expect will be a sustained period of expansion for the Department over the next few years.  They will contribute particularly on the following key initiatives: the establishment of a new single honours degree in International Relations, to commence in September 2013, and the recent establishment of a Masters in Transnational Security Studies.


We welcome applicants with research areas across politics and international relations that can support these developments, but are particularly interested in applicants who can bring us expertise in new areas while also complementing and shoring up existing strengths.  Successful candidates will be expected to contribute to foundational teaching in international relations at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level, as well as offer specialist option courses in international relations or international politics.  They will have an established record of research excellence, or demonstrable potential for such excellence.


For an informal discussion about the post please contact the Chair of the Search Committee: Dr Nathan Widder (Head of Department), preferably by email on See also our website:


For further details of this post and to apply online, please go to: The Recruitment Team may be contacted by email: or telephone: 01784 414241


Please quote the reference x0112/6840for the Lectureship post and x0112/6839 for the Senior Lecturer/Reader post


Closing date:  12 noon, Thursday, 8 March 2012

Interviews will be held on: 24/25 April 2012


The College is committed to equality and diversity, and encourages applications from  all sections of the community.

Posted on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 05:57PM by Registered CommenterDr Alister Miskimmon | CommentsPost a Comment

Vuc Jeremic @ Royal Holloway

Details of Serbian Foreign Minister Vuc Jeremic's speech at Royal Holloway can be found here.

Posted on Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 04:51PM by Registered CommenterDr Alister Miskimmon | CommentsPost a Comment