Within four years of the armed conflict that followed the Syria uprising, the Syrian economy has been reordered into a new decentralised, fragmented and regionally and globally connected economy, in which the main economic activities depend on violence and violence depends on those same economic activities.
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.
This project explores what can be termed the ‘war economy’ in Syria. The major empirical study looks at how the Syrian economy has become distorted to depend on violent and illegitimate activity and puts forward a number of recommendations to break this cycle. The SiT team, led by Dr Rim Turkmani, focused their work on
Principal Researcher & Grant Holder
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 »
‘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.Read more »
From Military to ‘Security Interventions’:: This article reconceptualises international interventions as ‘security interventions’ and, with that, aims to open analyses and discussions that go beyond simplistic assumptions about traditional military capabilities and the role of the ‘international community’ as a unitary actor. Read more »
Syria’s War Economy – new research: This project explores what can be termed the ‘war economy’ in Syria. The major empirical study looks at how the Syrian economy has become distorted to depend on violent and illegitimate activity and puts forward a number of recommendations to break this cycle. The SiT team, led by Dr Rim Turkmani, focused their work on Read more »
- Dr Sabine Selchow, LSE
- Professor Saskia Sassen, Columbia University