For over five decades, the Cold War security agenda was distinguished by the principal strategic balance, that of a structure of bipolarity, between the United States (US) and the Soviet Union (USSR). This book seeks to draw from current developments in critical security studies in order to establish a new framework of inquiry for security in the Middle East. It addresses the need to redefine security in the Middle East. The focus is squarely on the Arab-Israeli context in general, and the Palestinian-Israeli context in particular. The character of Arab-Israeli relations are measured by the Israeli foreign policy debate from the 1950s to the 1990s. A dialogue between Islam and Islamism as a means to broaden the terrain on which conflict resolution and post-bipolar security in the Middle East is to be understood is presented. The Middle East peace process (MEPP) was an additional factor in problematizing the military-strategic concept of security in the Middle East. The shift in analysis from national security to human security reflects the transformations of the post-Cold War era by combining military with non-military concerns such as environmental damage, social unrest, economic mismanagement, cultural conflict, gender inequity and radical fundamentalism. By way of contrast to realist international relations (IR) theory, developing-world theorists have proposed a different set of variables to explain the unique challenges facing developing states. Finally, the book examines the significance of ecopolitics in security agendas in the Middle East.

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Theatre and the politics of engagement
Author: Simon Parry

This book is about science in theatre and performance. It explores how theatre and performance engage with emerging scientific themes from artificial intelligence to genetics and climate change. The book covers a wide range of performance forms from the spectacle of the Paralympics Opening Ceremony to Broadway musicals, from experimental contemporary performance and opera to educational theatre, Somali poetic drama and grime videos. It features work by pioneering companies including Gob Squad, Headlong Theatre and Theatre of Debate as well as offering fresh analysis of global blockbusters such as Wicked and Urinetown. The book offers detailed description and analysis of theatre and performance practices as well as broader commentary on the politics of theatre as public engagement with science. It documents important examples of collaborative practice with extended discussion of the Theatre of Debate process developed by Y Touring theatre company, exploration of bilingual theatre-making in East London and an account of how grime MCs and dermatologists ended up making a film together in Birmingham. The interdisciplinary approach draws on contemporary research in theatre and performance studies in combination with key ideas from science studies. It shows how theatre can offer important perspectives on what the philosopher of science Isabelle Stengers has called ‘cosmopolitics’. The book argues that theatre can flatten knowledge hierarchies and hold together different ways of knowing.

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out a pattern of coexistence with his biological and physical environment. International politics becomes ecopolitics ’ (Haas 1975 : 853; emphasis added). Likewise, and at about the same time (although in a much more normative vein), Sprout and Sprout ( 1971 ) insisted that the IR conversation should be moving ‘toward a politics of the planet Earth

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Simon Parry

of the Arctic but also to stimulate a range of public responses to these representations. As such, it is an experiment in creating a cosmopolitical process. In some ways Cape Farewell seems to rehearse the Victorian voyages of adventure with their diverse and sometimes spectacular cultural outcomes. It is clearly an ambitious, costly and even hubristic enterprise that potentially lays itself open to charges of hypocrisy when considering its carbon, environmental or financial costs in relation to its apparently eco-political objectives. However, its relatively low

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Redefining security in the Middle East
Tami Amanda Jacoby and Brent E. Sasley

issues related to cultural integration, confidence-building measures, inter-ethnic dialogue, people-to-people contacts, religious and other collective identifications, discourses and perceptions based on class, gender, religion, ethnicity, nationality, and so on. Finally, the book examines the significance of ecopolitics in security agendas in the Middle East. Essential natural resources such as

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Jonathan Purkis

placed in the context of balanced natural and social eco-systems. These have long been part of eco-political and anarchist thought. Moreover, Purchase suggests that the fact that computer-generated particles self-organise when only supplied with a few programmed instructions as to how to function in a group further legitimates the anarchist claims for such ‘holistic’ kind of thinking. The fact that such a holistic approach has been overlooked or under-acknowledged is a moot point, but there are clearly huge implications for any kind of sociological theorising. How, for

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Sustainability in Kim Stanley Robinson’s Science in the Capital trilogy
Chris Pak

Capital trilogy continues the inquiry into environmentalism, ecopolitics, and sustainability that his groundbreaking Mars trilogy engages. Considering the impact of the future on science, society and politics on Earth allows Robinson to reconnect many of the issues explored in that trilogy directly to the infrastructure – the lifesupport system – of Earth. The Science in the Capital trilogy imagines a future that gestures towards clean energies as a replacement for carbon capital as a foundation for a new economic system. The depiction in this sf narrative of an

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Ecopoetics, enjoyment and ecstatic hospitality
Kate Rigby

: 75, 77), prior to any identification, without any expectation of reciprocity, and beyond any possible calculation of collective wellbeing. In practice, however, hospitality towards the ‘arrivant’ is inevitably always qualified by one’s other duties of care, as Derrida reminds us with the tale of the biblical patriarch, Lot, himself a non-native inhabitant of Sodom, who offered up his own virgin daughters in place of his angelic guests to the Sodomites who wished to ‘penetrate’ them. An ecopolitical analogue of this might be the actions of those legislatures that

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