Dr Tara McCormack

Dr Tara McCormack

Lecturer

  • Office: Attenborough Tower 918
  • Email: tm155@leicester.ac.uk
  • Feedback and Support Hours 2018-19: Tuesdays 1:30 - 2:30 and Wednesdays 1-2pm

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)

Administrative roles

I am currently the Postgraduate Research Tutor for Politics and IR.

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

Monographs

  • 2019 (forthcoming) The Executive Strikes Back? The Rise and Fall of the Parliamentary Convention on Authorising War (Palgrave Pivot).
  • 2009 Critique, Security and Power. The Political Limits to Critical and Emancipatory Approaches (London, Routledge).

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.

Chapters

  • 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

  • LBC Radio, Iain Dale programme, discussed Trump's NATO demands and UK defence spending, 11 July
  • 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,
  • 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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