Tarak Barkawi is associate professor in the Department of Politics, New School for Social Research. He earned his doctorate at the University of Minne... sota and specialises in the study of war, armed forces and society with a focus on conflict between the West and the global South. 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 globalisation, modernisation and imperialism, especially from a postcolonial perspective.
As public focus becomes insular across many post-industrial nations, it’s time to imagine new norms in global politics.
People in the West ought to wake up and emulate the popular revolts of Brazil and Turkey, suggests Barkawi.