Dr Tara McCormack

Dr Tara McCormack

Lecturer

Personal details

My BA was in Politics from Queen Mary, University of London and my MSc was in International Relations and Government from the London School of Economics. I completed my PhD in international security at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster. Before joining the University of Leicester, I taught European and comparative politics and international relations at the University of Westminster and Brunel University. My research focuses on security, foreign policy and legitimacy.

I contribute regularly to the media including the BBC, LBC, Sky, Al Jazeera, Russia Today, talkRADIO, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, spiked-online and others.

Research

My research falls into three related areas:

•  Security, foreign policy and democratic legitimacy

•  Intervention (including EU)

•  Britain's war powers

Teaching

I currently teach the following:

  • International Security Studies (postgraduate campus based and distance learning)
  • International Security Studies (undergraduate second year)
  • The Changing Character of War (undergraduate final year)

Parliamentary evidence

  • 2018  Written evidence submitted to and published, Foreign Policy in a Changed World Conditions Inquiry, report of the House of Lords International Relations Committee, 7th March

Publications

Journal articles

  • 2016 The Emerging Parliamentary Convention on British Military Action and Warfare by Remote Control, The RUSI Journal, Vol 161, No 2, pp 22 - 29.

Monographs

  • 2009 Critique, Security and Power. The Political Limits to Critical and Emancipatory Approaches (London, Routledge)

Chapters

  • 2016 Academic Freedom in an Age of Terror in Hudson, C & Williams, J Eds,  Why Academic Freedom Matters (Civitas) http://www.civitas.org.uk/reports_articles/academic-freedom-in-an-age-of-terror/
  • 2011 From Ethical Foreign Policy to National Security Strategy: Exporting Domestic Incoherence in Daddow, O and Gaskarth, J, Eds,  British Foreign Policy: The New Labour Years (Palgrave).
  • 2010 Power and agency in the Human Security Framework in Hynek, N and Chandler, D, Eds, Re-Thinking Human Security (Routledge).
  • 2010 The R2P and the End of the Western Century? in Cunliffe, P, Ed, Critical Perspectives on the Responsibility to Protect Doctrine (Lexington).
  • 2007 From the State of War to the State of Nature, Human Security and Sovereignty, chapter in Bickerton C, Cunliffe P, & Gourevitch A, Eds, Politics Without Sovereignty: A Critique of Contemporary International Relations (UCL Press)

Media/Public Debate/Opinion

2018

  • talkRADIO, discussing the British government's participation in the kidnapping and torture of Abdul Belhaj with Jamie East, 11 May
  • Culture on the Offensive, Greg Scorzo and I discuss Syria and other Western military interventions http://www.cultureontheoffensive.com/military-mccormack-media/
  • BBC Newsnight, interviewed on Syria and 'fake news', 24 April
  • Sputnik News Radio, Hard Facts, interview and discussion on The Times, academic freedom and Syria, 24 April
  • Al Jazeera, The Listening Post, Red Lines and Military Strikes: Media Coverage of the Syrian War, interviewed, 21st April
  • Sky news, debate with Ian Dunt on the legality of the Syrian strikes, 17 April
  • LBC Radio, Iain Dale programme, discussed Syria strikes, 16 April
  • Radio Leicestershire, morning programme, interviewed about Syria, 13 April
  • BBC Radio 2, Jeremy Vine Programme, debated Edward Lucas on the the attempted assassination of a former Russian spy and Corbyn's response, 5 April
  • Radio Leicestershire, Martin Ballard programme, interviewed about the attempted assassination of a former Russian spy and UK/Russia relations, 4 April
  • Sky News, interview with Rebecca Williams on Syrian conflict, 2 April
  • LBC Radio, Nick Ferrari programme, interview on UK/US/Russia reaction to Russian spy scandal, 30 March
  • Russia Today, News at 2pm, interview  on UK's reaction to Russian spy scandal, 27 March
  • Russia Today, News at 8pm, interview  on UK's reaction to Russian spy scandal, 22 March
  • Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Between the Lines, presented by Tom Switzer, debate with Tom Tugendhat MP on spy scandal, 22 March
  • Al Jazeera, Newshour 8pm, interview  on UK's reaction to Russian spy scandal, 16 March
  • Sky News, interview with Kay Burley on UK's reaction to Russian spy scandal, 15 March
  • Al Jazeera English, Newshour 9pm, interview  on UK's reaction to Russian spy scandal, 15 March
  • Russia Today, News at 7pm, interview  on UK's reaction to Russian spy scandal, 15 March
  • Radio Leicestershire, Martin Ballard programme, interviewed about the attempted assassination of a former Russian spy and UK/Russia relations, 6 March
  • spiked-online, Review of Ivan Krastev's new book, After Europe, 1 March

2017

  • BBC The Big Questions, discussant on Russia, Cybersecurity and democracy, 19th Feb
  • Occupy IR Theory podcast, discussed the New McCarthism, Russia, Trump and the pro war left, 18 Feb, http://occupyirtheory.info/2017/02/18/episode-1-the-new-mccarthyism/
  • The New European, interview on European Defence, 17 Feb
  • BBC Radio 4, 'witness' on The Moral Maze, 8 Feb

2016

  • spiked-online, East Aleppo: a catastrophe of the West's making, 1 Dec
  • BBC Scotland, Morning Programme, interviewed on European proposals for joint defence, Trump and British security and defence policy, 23 Nov
  • LBC Radio, Ian Collins Programme, interviewed on the US/UK ‘special relationship’, 7 Nov
  • LBC Radio, Shelagh Fogerty Programme, interviewed on media presentation of the Syrian conflict, 19 Oct
  • Remote Control Project, interview on the new Parliamentary convention authorising war and new modes of 'remote control', warfare, 12 Oct
  • Radio Leicestershire, Jonathan Lampon programme, interviewed about the attempted coup in Turkey, 18 July
  • Radio Leicestershire, Jonathan Lampon programme, interviewed about Brexit vote and implications for Britain in the world, 24 June
  • University of Leicester, podcast on Brexit and implications for Britain's role in the world, 23 May
  • Radio Leicestershire, Jonathan Lampon programme, interviewed about Brexit, international security and Britain's role in the world, 26 May
  • Novosti, Live panel discussion with Moscow experts on Russian policy in Syria, 17 March

2015

2014

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