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From Hybrid Peace to Human Security: Rethinking EU Strategy towards Conflict

The Berlin Report of the Human Security Study Group - Presented to the European External Action Service, 24 February 2016, Brussels

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The Drones of Others: An Insight into the Imagination of UAVs in Germany

This paper explores the imagination of 'drones' in Germany and reveals how they are symbolically ‘tamed’ through a (modern) understanding of bordered social ‘containers’, in which they are imagined to exist and, subsequently, are subject to ‘compartmentalised’ responsibilities.

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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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Resilience and resilient in Obama’s National Security Strategy 2010: Enter two ‘political keywords’

This article looks at the use of the words 'resilient' and 'resilience' in Obama's National Security Strategy 2010 and argues that it constitutes an exercise in ‘occupying’ these words with ideologically loaded meanings. This can be interpreted as the actualisation of both words as ‘political keywords’.

From Publications

From hybrid peace to human security

The centrepiece of our proposal is the construction of legitimate political authority (a state, a municipality or an international organisation) and legitimate livelihoods through specific measures aimed at countering the predatory social condition. The objective is not so much to change regimes at the top as to change the underlying structural conditions that produce conflict.

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From Publications

Mogherini’s The European Union in a changing global environment

This piece analyses the foundation for the new EU Global Strategy and the consultative process surrounding it, the document 'The European Union in a changing global environment'. It uncovers a fascinating picture, which is shaped by two countervailing tendencies: A radical discurisve opening and a symbolic conservation of EU institutions.

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From Projects

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 three areas of Syria under opposition control, eastern Gouta, Idleb and the Daraa and Aleppo countryside.

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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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Latest

From Military to ‘Security Interventions’:: In both academic and policy circles international interventions tend to mean ‘military’ interventions and debates tend to focus on whether such interventions are ‘good’ or ‘bad’ in general. 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 »

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 three areas of Syria under opposition control, eastern Gouta, Idleb and the Daraa and Aleppo countryside. Read more »

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