NEWS

OPEN LETTERS ON SPACE WEAPONS & RESOURCES

I am a signatory to two open letters organised by the Outer Space Institute, calling on the United Nations to commence efforts to negotiate multilateral agreements aimed at preserving the outer space environment and ensuring the sustainable uses of Earth orbit. These initiatives are led by Professor Aaron Boley and Professor Michael Byers of the OSI, and feature endorsements from distinguished space scientists, academics, former politicians and diplomats, and industry representatives. The most recent letter (September 2021) urges states to ban the testing of kinetic anti-satellite weapons that cause dangerous debris. The previous letter (August 2020) calls for regulations on the exploitation of natural resources in outer space. An article about the initiative can be found here.

NEW ANALYSIS: US LANDMINE POLICY

Naomi Egel and I have published an analysis in Just Security that makes the case for the enduring significance of the antipersonnel mine ban norm in US policy. This short piece is something of a follow-up to my previous article on the same subject.

TEACHING INTRODUCTORY INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

My colleague Dr Bill Vlcek and I have contributed a short essay to a forum in International Studies Perspectives on “The Introductory Course in International Relations: Regional Variations.” In our essay we reflect on the structure and pedagogic objectives of the first-year IR undergraduate programme at the University of St Andrews, and our efforts to reflect much-needed diversification of IR curricula. The forum can be found here.

RESEARCH AWARD

I have been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship for a project entitled “Contesting the heavens: Power, norms, and law in space security governance.” A brief synopsis can be found in the Trust’s September 2020 newsletter. A fuller description can be found on the project page. I am grateful to the Leverhulme Trust for their generous support of this research.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

William Vlcek and Adam Bower. 2020. “Teaching International Relations at the University of St Andrews.” Forum on “The Introductory Course in International Relations: Regional Variations.” International Studies Perspectives. Advance Access.
LINK TO THE FORUM

Adam Bower. 2020. “Entrapping Gulliver: The United States and the Antipersonnel Mine Ban.” Security Studies 29 (1): 128-161.
ABSTRACT | LINK TO THE ARTICLE