From Militant to Military Labour

With the UK in the midst of wide spread industrial action we took a look at the historic use of the armed forces to break strikes and quell workers rights.

Overselling the Military

The British Army has a new recruitment campaign. We took a critical look at its message and how the latest iteration fits within the constant need to sell the military.

Pioneering a dystopian future

Many of the world's largest arms companies are involved in providing education and careers activities for young visitors at the UK's largest airshows. The same companies that are supplying weapons and military jets to Saudi Arabia for their war in Yemen.

The Military-Entertainment Complex

With the new Top Gun movie hitting British cinemas at the end of last month, our chief blog writer Joe Glenton reflects on the war films of his childhood and the recruitment potential of military sponsored entertainment.

The Qatari Connection

The military relationship between Qatar and the UK has a number of unique and interesting features. We took a look at how the two countries have become increasingly intertwined on matters of war, security and trade.

Thinking through ‘Lethal Aid’

With Britain, the U.S and other NATO countries sending weapons to Ukraine following Russia's brutal invasion we took a step back to analyse the implications of lethal aid.

Militarism and democracy

ForcesWatch podcast series 4

In the UK, the military is often viewed as an impartial and benign actor subordinated to a democratic leader. This season we examine the truth behind this commonly held view.

Since 2000 the civil-military gap has been narrowing as the UK military has sought to influence democracy and democratic institutions. With our hugely knowledgeable guests, each episode explores how militarism and the military impact on democracy and democratic processes in Britain.

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Dec 2022: Gentleman Bureaucrat Masculinity: Liberal Militarism and the Civil Service

Our host, Joe Glenton, talks to Hannah Wright, from Queen Mary University about her work looking at how militarism and militarist assumptions infuse and shape security and foreign policy in Whitehall and the civil service.

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Should the armed forces encourage young people to interact with weapons and military vehicles?  We explore why this is happening and how can it be challenged?

"Hard counter-terrorism was always constructed by officials in masculine terms"

Listen to @hannahlwright's take on the binary logic at the heart of security policy. Plus so much more.


Hear the full discussion👉https://tinyurl.com/37fvtau7

🎧NEW PODCAST! Today we release our latest #WarriorNation episode on the militarised masculinities at the heart of the Civil Service. Privileged to have the amazing @QMPoliticsIR academic @hannahlwright share her research & knowledge. Pure🔥


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