23 August 2011

Internationally renowned experts in international relations, political science and security studies will come together at UQ to mark the 10th anniversary of the Al Qaeda attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.

A roundtable composed of leading experts – from The University of Queensland and other organisations - will reflect upon the political implications of 9/11 and the international responses to it, including the ‘War on Terror’.

The event to be held at UQ on September 9 has been organised by two leading scholars in UQ's School of Political Science and International Studies, Professor Tim Dunne and Dr Matt McDonald.

It will also include other internationally regarded experts such as Associate Professor Kath Gelber (UQ), Professor William Maley, AM (ANU) and Professor William Tow (ANU).

Professor Dunne and Dr McDonald both moved from the UK in 2010 to join UQ’s School of Political Science and International Studies and have contributed to international academic debates and discussion on the impact of 9/11.

In a joint publication: ‘Remembering and Forgetting the 9/11 Decade’ to appear in the Australian Literary Review in the coming weeks, Professor Dunne and Dr McDonald reflect upon the significant political events that have shaped a decade since 9/11.

These include the fight against al-Qaeda, the tragic events in Norway, the capture of Osama bin Laden and the curious absence of both America and al-Qaeda in the social revolutions taking place in the Middle East.

Professor Dunne's new book (with Ken Booth) Terror in our Time has just been published.

“The War on Terror has defined the first decade of this century," he said.

"Its catalyst, 9/11, did not have to happen, nor did the character of the responses.

"While future 9/11s are possible, so is a more just and law-governed world.

“By assembling an internationally recognised group of scholars to debate the 9/11 decade, scholars at The University of Queensland have helped shaped the public understanding of terrorism and its impact on foreign policy, human rights, migration, and international law.

“Over the past decade, the UQ School of Political Science and International Studies has led Australian academic discussions on 9/11 and its aftermath.

“With this in mind UQ is well placed to provide expert reflection on the anniversary of 9/11.

Key contributions to international debates on 9/11 by experts in the School have been published in a number of books and international journals.

Experts from the UQ School of Political Science and International Studies who have been engaged in diverse scholarship and commentary on 9/11 and the so-called war on terror include:

Tim Dunne, who is Professor of International Relations and Research Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect at UQ. He has published 10 books including in 2002 the first edited collection of essays after 9/11 Worlds in Collision: Terror and the Future of Global Order, and over 50 journal articles and book chapters.

Dr Matt McDonald is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations. He has published on Australian foreign and security policy; the 'war on terror'; and security dynamics in the Asia-Pacific in a range of journals and edited texts including; 'Global Security after September 11, 2001', in Carter, Jordan and Watson (eds.), Security: Sociology and Social Worlds (Manchester UP, 2008). He is the author of Security, the Environment and Emancipation (Routledge, 2011) and editor (with Anthony Burke) of Critical Security in the Asia-Pacific (Manchester UP, 2007).

Dr Richard Devetak is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at UQ his current research interests include international law, the laws of war and humanitarian intervention. He has written a number of articles and book chapters on security, violence and 9/11 including ‘After the Event: Don DeLillo’s White Noise and September 11 Narratives’, Review of International Studies, 2009, and an edited book Security and the War on Terror (with Bellamy, Bleiker and Davis) 2008.

Roland Bleiker is a Professor in International Relations, with Richard Devetak he has published an edited book Security and the War on Terror (with Bellamy, Devetak and Davis) 2008. His current research is placing UQ at the global forefront of research on visual politics.

Kath Gelber is Associate Professor of Public Policy and President of the Australian Political Science Association, she joined UQ in 2010. Kath Gelber, has published extensively on human rights and freedom of speech including a book chapter in 2007 ‘When Are Restrictions on Speech Justified in the War on Terror?’ in Lynch, Macdonald & Williams (eds) Law and Liberty in the War on Terror, Federation Press, Sydney: 138-146.

David Martin Jones is Associate Professor of International Relations. He has contributed to scholarly debate on terrorism in Southeast Asia and regularly contributes to The Australian Financial Review, The National Interest and The World Today. His most recent publication relating to 9/11 is ‘Terror and the liberal conscience: Political fiction and Jihad - The novel response to 9/11’ in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 2010.

Dr Andrew Phillips is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Strategic Studies previously at ANU, he joined UQ in 2011. His research has contributed to debates on the challenges that 'new' security threats such as religiously motivated terrorism create and the spread of Weapons of Mass Destruction. He has written 'How Al Qaeda Lost Iraq', in Australian Journal of International Affairs, 2009 and has a forthcoming book, War, Religion and Empire: The Transformation of International Orders (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

Roundtable 9/11: 10 years is open to the general public for details click here.

To find out more about research within the School of Political Science and International Studies please visit www.polsis.uq.edu.au/research

Media: Please contact Gillian Ievers: +61 7 3365 3308 or email g.ievers@uq.edu.au
or Professor Tim Dunne + 61 7 3346 6448 or tim.dunne@uq.edu.au