Resilience and Resilient in Obama’s National Security Strategy 2010: Between Prerequisite, Unique American Trait and Universal Value

The words 'resilient' and 'resilience' have come to be popular linguistic ingredients in the contemporary political discourse in the US and beyond. In this paper Sabine Selchow explores the meanings that are attributed to them within Obama's National Security Strategy 2010.

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Human Security and the Niger Delta

The exploitation of oil in Nigeria has been at the heart of inter-related crises of governance, militancy and violent repression, and large-scale environmental destruction. Students from the Human Security Masters course discuss a human security approach to breaking this cycle.


New and Old Wars (revised and updated 3rd ed.)

The third edition of New and Old Wars is out. It has been fully revised and updated with an afterword answering the critics of the New Wars argument and an exploration of how old war thinking in Afghanistan and Iraq greatly exacerbated what turned out to be, in many ways, archetypal new wars.

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Preventive Detention Beyond the Law: The Need to Ask Socio-Political Questions

This paper invites policy makers to appreciate the socio-political complexity of preventive detention beyond its legal profile and concerns about effectiveness in order that such an appreciation might inform debate about and development of policy into the future.

From Events

Civil Society and the Struggle for Justice in Brazil

Marcelo Torelly is a CNPq Brazil visiting academic at the Faculty of Law and Latin American Centre, University of Oxford. He is former director of Historical Memory, Brazilian Ministry of Justice Amnesty Commission (2007-2013).

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From Publications

The Handbook of Global Security Policy

Security Policy has changed dramatically since the end of the Cold War. It can no longer be thought of in terms of securing one country against the military attack of another. Security is now a global concept that crosses state boundaries and faces risks of many shapes and sizes.

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From Commentaries

Who researches the researchers?

On Fieldwork in South Sudan, Anouk Rigterink saw first-hand how researchers can inadvertently affect the environments they set out to study.

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Principal Researcher & Grant Holder


Professor Mary Kaldor, LSE

Mary Kaldor is Professor of Global Governance and Director of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at the LSE. She has researched and written extensively about security and civil society. Read more »

The Programme

‘Security in Transition’ (SIT) is a 5-year-research programme at the London School of Economics (LSE), funded by the European Research Council (ERC).

The starting point of this research programme is the assumption that the world is in the midst of a profound change in the way that security is conceptualised and practised. Up until 1989, security was largely viewed either as ‘internal security’ or as ‘national’ or ‘bloc’ security and the main instruments of security were considered to be the police, the intelligence services and the military. This traditional view of security fits uneasily with the far-reaching changes in social and political organisation that characterise the world at the beginning of the twenty first century. What we call the ‘security gap’ refers to the gap between our national and international security capabilities, largely based on conventional military forces, and the reality of the everyday experience of insecurity in different parts of the world.

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Nationalism and the Rule of Law: This book provides the first systematic account of the relationship between nationalism and the rule of law... Read more »

'Unsere beste Waffe ist keine Waffe': German edition of Mary Kaldor's 'The ultimate weapon is no weapon' is now available Read more »