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From Military to ‘Security Interventions’: An Alternative Approach to Contemporary 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.

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The Politics, Practice and Paradox of ‘Ethnic Security’ in Bosnia-Herzegovina

This article engages with the consequences of the international intervention in Bosnia-Herzegovina. It argues that it has contributed to the ethnification of security whereby collective security in the form of an ‘ethnified state’ remains at the forefront of political discourse and practice.

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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 Publications

Hungry for Peace

This report documents local negotiations and agreements in Syria since the end of 2011 which have improved lives of civilians caught up in the war. It argues that the war in Syria could be ended if the international community effectively supports local ceasefires brokered across Syria in the context of a wider peace plan.

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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

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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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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 »

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

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