Dr Nathan Roger, an Honorary Research Associate in the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) and a Swansea University PhD Graduate, has just published the monograph Image Warfare in the War on Terror with Palgrave Macmillan (January 2013).

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Roger, Nathan (Book Cover)The book – published in their New Security Challenges Series – provides an innovative re-examination of the war on terror, arguing that since September 11th 2001, image warfare has replaced techno-war as the dominant warfighting model.  Dr Roger suggests that image warfare is a form of warfare in which Al Qaeda currently dominates while the West is still playing catch-up.  By dealing with the deployment of disturbing images generated by the 9/11 attacks from bin Laden videos, suicide terrorism and hostage executions to prisoner abuses, Dr Roger provides us with a new vocabulary through which these acts can be discussed and understood.  Image Warfare in the War on Terror engages with Media Studies and Visual Culture; offers the first comprehensive assessment of image warfare from an International Relations perspective and reveals an intriguing new line of political communications explained through the conceptual terms ‘image munitions’, ‘counter-image munitions’ and ‘remediation battles’. 

Dr Lee Jarvis, a Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Terrorism at Swansea University, said that ‘Image Warfare in the War on Terror offers a conceptually sophisticated and empirically rich exploration of the significance if images within contemporary warfare.  Not only does Dr. Roger encourage us to rethink the place and importance of video-wills, Abu Ghraib photographs and other ‘image munitions’ in the war on terrorism, he also provides us with a new theoretical vocabulary for their analysis.’ 

Dr Debbie Lisle, a Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Cultural Studies at Queen’s University Belfast, said that ‘Dr Roger has written an important book which introduces key concepts and ideas from Visual Culture to the traditional concerns of Strategic Studies and International Relations.  He stages this conversation against the backdrop of the War on Terror and shows how images work in relation to military strategy and foreign policy.’ 

Dr Roger said ‘I am delighted that Image Warfare in the War on Terror has been published and I hope that it will inspire others to continue to break new ground in terms of the theorizing of image warfare.  I’d like to thank my family, friends, teachers and colleagues for all their support.’ 

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