Author profile: David Chandler

David Chandler is Professor of International Relations at the University of Westminster and edits Anthropocenes: Human, Inhuman, Posthuman. His recent books include Anthropocene Islands: Entangled Worlds (with Jonathan Pugh) (University of Westminster Press, 2021); Becoming Indigenous: Governing Imaginaries in the Anthropocene (with Julian Reid, Rowman & Littlefield, 2019); Ontopolitics in the Anthropocene: An Introduction to Mapping, Sensing and Hacking (Routledge, 2018).

Opinion – The Israel/Hamas War and ‘Decolonial Washing’

David Chandler • Dec 7 2023 • Articles

Coloniality is so baked into Western state powers and institutions that attempts to take ‘short cuts’ through making ‘decolonial’ claims and statements can easily feed into existing hierarchies.

The First War of the Anthropocene: Ukraine and the Struggle to ‘Un-Cancel the Future’

David Chandler • Sep 25 2023 • Articles

The Ukraine war is one of disavowal through which it is hoped the ‘idea’ of modernity, the idea of ‘Europe’, and the idea of ‘values’ can conceal their shabbier reality.

Opinion – Political Positionality and the War in the Ukraine

David Chandler • Mar 25 2022 • Articles

It would be nice to pretend that we still lived in a modernist world of meaningful choices, where taking sides was part of a broader grand narrative of struggle and progress.

Opinion – Humanitarianism and the Internationalisation of the War in Ukraine

David Chandler • Mar 21 2022 • Articles

The internationalisation of the conflict can be destabilising because there is less pressure to find the compromises necessary for peace agreement.

Opinion – War in Ukraine: Why We Should Say No to International Civil Society

David Chandler • Mar 16 2022 • Articles

Totalizing moral binaries are particularly dangerous in the sphere of international relations, where international law lacks universal mechanisms of enforcement.

Opinion – The Myth of Being Anti-Racist and Anti-War in the Ukraine Conflict

David Chandler • Mar 2 2022 • Articles

To refuse the discourses of war and racialization it is necessary to do more than place them in critical relation to those of anti-war and anti-racialization. Instead, we should refuse to distinguish the two.

Coronavirus and the End of Resilience

David Chandler • Mar 25 2020 • Articles

Coronavirus shows the limits of resilience. If we are the security threat as well as the subjects to be secured, then we cannot be trusted to secure ourselves.

Rethinking the Anthropocene as Carnivalocene

David Chandler • Apr 11 2019 • Articles

The Anthropocene is a deeply intense, material experience: a wild romp of the grotesque and the transgressive, emphasising our shared character of Earthly being.

Libya: The End of Intervention

David Chandler • Nov 17 2011 • Articles

Without Western responsibility for the outcome of the intervention in Libya and without any transformative promise, Western powers were strengthened morally and politically through their actions, whereas in Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq, they were humbled and often humiliated.

Why the Bombing of Libya cannot Herald a Return to the 1990s Era of Humanitarian Intervention

David Chandler • Apr 4 2011 • Articles

Many international relations commentators are heralding the Western bombing of Libya as marking a return to the 1990s era of humanitarian intervention. The debate is largely over whether this return is to be welcomed or regretted. But a return of the moral or ethical understandings of the humanitarian interventionist 1990s is not a possibility.

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