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The Global Security programme seeks to understand the effects of economic, political and cultural processes of globalisation that are often damaging to the security of ordinary people, in order to identify strategies and solutions to growing global insecurity in the 21st century.

The intellectual agenda of the global security programme is concerned with finding ways to address the mismatch between actually experienced everyday insecurities and current security capabilities. What we call the 'security gap' refers to the gap between our national and international security capabilities, largely based on conventional military and police forces, and the reality of the everyday experience of insecurity in different parts of the world.

The cross-cutting themes of our security research concern the human dimension of security and the role of civil society, elaborated in our work on human security |and bottom-up approaches to security. This distinctive approach to the analysis and practice of security was developed by the Human Security Study Group, convened since 2004 by Mary Kaldor at the behest of Javier Solana, then EU's High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, which elaborated key human security principles and the capabilities required to apply those principles in practice.

Our methodological approach reflects three priorities: commitment to interdisciplinarity by drawing on the disciplinary resources available across the entire range of social sciences; forging partnerships, networks and collaborations that reach out to other parts of the LSE and beyond to the broader academy, policy makers and civil society; and involving the users of our research – scholars and practitioners as well as affected communities.

A central aim of the Programme is to serve as an interface between the research expertise of the LSE, on one side, and policy makers, practitioners and civil society actors in the security field, on the other. Current security dialogues include EU-Russia (human security architecture for Europe) and a preliminary discussion about an EU-US dialogue (joint security operations). Ongoing regional research projects |that examine security issues in Afghanistan, the Balkans, Lebanon, and Iraq, seek to map local civil society ideas about addressing insecurity and to relate these contributions to international policy and scholarly debates.

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