Geoff Tansey

The crucial century, 1945-2045

Transforming food systems in a global context

In this talk, Paul Rogers puts the challenges of transforming food systems in a global, human security context.

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The running order for the video is as follows:

Part 1. Why 1945?: 0 - 2 minutes 45 seconds

Part 2. Proxy wars to the end of the cold war: 2 min 45 sec - 5 min 42 sec

Part 3. The big issues: 5 min 42 sec - 20 min 45 sec

Part 4.  The third great transition: 20 min 45 sec - 28 min 49 sec

Part 5 – Looking ahead: 28 min 49 sec - end

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Further reading

Booth, Ken (2007), Theory of World Security. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.  A thoughtful and forward-looking analysis of international security

Jackson, Tim (2009) Prosperity Without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet.  London and Sterling VA, Earthscan.  An innovative and influential analysis of the potential for low-impact economics.

Rogers, Paul (2010), Losing Control: Global Security in the 21st Century, 3rd edition, London, Pluto Press.  A more extensive analysis of the issues.

Sachs, Wolfgang and Santarius, Tilman, (2007) Fair Future: Resources, Conflicts, Security and Global Justice. London and New York, Zed Books. 

Links   The Centre for Alternative Technology, an essential source of information.   One of the liveliest open source sites, especially on international issues.   Oxford Research Group is a UK-based think tank working on innovative approaches to international security, especially the concept of sustainable security.   The New Economics Foundation’s Great Transition project focuses on the transition to low-carbon equitable economic systems.  Currently the world's largest university centre for peace studies.




Paul RogersPaul Rogers is Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University where he teaches on international security, arms control and political violence.   He has written or edited 26 books and his work has been translated into many languages including Chinese, Japanese, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Turkish and Farsi.  A collection of his writings over the past 20 years was published by Routledge in 2007 under the title of Global Security and the War on Terror – Elite Power and the Illusion of Control and the third edition of his book Losing Control: Global Security in the 21st Century, was published in April 2010.  Paul Rogers is international security consultant for the Oxford Research Group, writes a weekly assessment of international security trends for and was Chair of the British International Studies Association, 2002-04.  He is a frequent lecturer at universities and defence colleges and also does over a hundred interviews a year for local, national and international broadcast networks.


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