Ben O'Loughlin

Ben O'Loughlin

Ben O'Loughlin is Professor of International Relations and Co-Director of the New Political Communication Unit at Royal Holloway, University of London. Before joining Royal Holloway he completed a DPhil in Politics at the University of Oxford in 2005 and was a researcher on the ESRC New Security Challenges Programme. Ben's expertise is in the field of international political communication. He is Co-Editor of the Sage journal Media, War & Conflict, and since 2007 he has carried out a series of grant funded projects on media and security. This work is drawn together in the book War and Media: The Emergence of Diffused War (Cambridge: Polity, 2010), co-authored with Andrew Hoskins. Findings have been presented to the No. 10 Policy Unit, Home Office, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, OFCOM, the European Commission and European Broadcasting Union (EBU), as well as expert groups like the Global Futures Forum. Ben is the author of Television and Terror (2007, Palgrave, with Andrew Hoskins) and Radicalisation and Media: Terrorism and Connectivity in the New Media Ecology (2011, Routledge, with Akil N. Awan and Andrew Hoskins). In autumn 2012 he is Visiting Scholar at the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney.

Post Archive

23 July 2018
Ben O'Loughlin explores how states seek to highlight their opponents' bad sides for strategic advantage.   It is clear by now that the Russian state has for a…
14 November 2017
Despite fears a war of words on Twitter could trigger nuclear annihilation, a brief look at nuclear policy and social media shows Twitter can be used to reinforce strategic…
16 October 2017
This is the first post in Ben’s new series on 'strategic narratives' - the stories policymakers tell to build legitimacy for their plans in different policy domains…
14 January 2015
Ben O’Loughlin and Andrew Hoskins introduce the concept of ‘Arrested War’ to describe how mainstream media is re-appropriating the images and stories that…
22 September 2014
Incredulity doesn’t kill curiosity; it encourages it. Though distrustful of logical chains of ideas, I loved the polyphony of ideas. As long as you don’t believe in…
19 May 2014
Ben O'Loughlin unpicks the narratives that must come together to find a solution to the Syria crisis. What are the political conditions that will allow the end of conflict…
29 April 2013
Ben O’Loughlin asks what it may mean to understand localized conflicts through broader geopolitical lenses. While the US pivot to Asia under the Obama administration has…
22 October 2012
The 2012 Olympic Games in London was a chance for the BBC to expand its global audience. The BBC had a greater ambition, however. It wanted to create a better quality of…
17 September 2012
Democracy sits in time. It is a looping circuit of accountability between leaders and led. Voters authorise leaders to act on certain problems. Through everyday experience and…
18 June 2012
One of the most unsettling findings of our media and radicalisation research was the way in which the suffering of certain individual women is turned into a cause by radical…
31 May 2012
Professor Anne-Marie Slaughter’s talk in Parliament in London this week offered useful insights into how the Obama administration and foreign policy analysts around it are…