Latest research


Negotiations of the "New World": The Omnipresence of "Global" as a Political Phenomenon                                  
Selchow,Sabine (November 2016)
Global Studies
»Global« is everywhere – recent years have seen a significant proliferation of the adjective »global« across discourses. But what do social actors actually do when using this term? Written from within the political studies and international relations disciplines, and with a particular interest in the US, this book demonstrates that the widespread use of »global« is more than a linguistic curiosity. It constitutes a distinct political phenomenon of major importance: the negotiation of and play with the notion of the »new world«. As such, the analysis of the use of »global« provides fascinating insights into an influential and politically loaded aspect of contemporary imaginations of the world.

Special Issue of the Journal of Conflict and Security Law edited by members of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit 
(Spring 2016) 
The latest Special Issue of the Journal of Conflict and Security Law, focusing on Law, Justice and the Security Gap, guest edited by Mary Kaldor and Iavor Rangelov of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit is now available online.


Berlin Report of the Human Security Study Group
Presented to the European External Action Service, 24 February 2016, Brussels
Study Group convenors: Mary Kaldor and Javier Solana Coordinator: Iavor Rangelov
This report proposes that the European Union adopts a second generation human security approach to conflicts, as an alternative to Geo-Politics or the War on Terror. Second generation human security takes forward the principles of human security and adapts them to 21st century realities. The report argues that the EU is a new type of 21st century political institution in contrast to 20th century nation-states.  20th century nation states were based on a clear distinction between inside and outside. Typical outside instruments were state-to-state diplomacy or economic and military coercion. Typical inside instruments are the rule of law, politics, and policing. In today’s complex, contested and connected world, outside instruments do not work; they backfire and make things worse. Human security is about extending the inside beyond the EU.

Public Policy Making in the Western Balkans

Public Policy Making in the Western Balkans
Thomas,Margo and Bojicic-Dzelilovic, Vesna (2015)
Developing and ‘transition’ economies face myriad challenges in their attempts to achieve and maintain political stability and foster the economic growth essential for national security, the social well-being of current citizens, and sustainable environments for future generations. Governments in the Western Balkans have striven to achieve all of the above, and this volume assesses the nature of their experiences as well as the level of their success in doing so.

Subterranean book

Subterranean Politics in Europe
Kaldor, Mary and Selchow, Sabine (2015)
Palgrave Macmillan
We are experiencing one of those rare moments in history when subterranean politics 'bubbles up' to the surface.Based on a multi-disciplinary, collaborative research project carried out across Europe, and from the team responsible for the landmark Global Civil Society yearbooks, this volume investigates why this is occurring now, whether the current eruptions are different to previous periods of political upheaval, and what they tell us about the future of the European project.

Handbook of GSP
The Handbook of Global Security Policy
Kaldor, Mary and Rangelov, Iavor (2014)
This Handbook brings together 30 state-of-the-art essays covering the essential aspects of global security research and practice for the 21st century.

Illegality, INC

Illegality, Inc.: Clandestine Migration and the Business of Bordering Europe
Andersson, Ruben (2014)
University of California Press
In this groundbreaking ethnography, Ruben Andersson,  travels along the clandestine migration trail from Senegal and Mali to the Spanish North African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla. Through the voices of his informants, Andersson explores, viscerally and emphatically, how Europe’s increasingly powerful border regime meets and interacts with its target–the clandestine migrant. This vivid, rich work examines the subterranean migration flow from Africa to Europe, and shifts the focus from the “illegal immigrants” themselves to the vast industry built around their movements.


Routledge Handbook of Human Security
Martin, Mary and Owen, Taylor (2014)
This Handbook will serve as a standard reference guide to the subject of human security, which has grown greatly in importance over the past twenty years.

 Rangelov book

Nationalism and the Rule of Law: Lessons from the Balkans and Beyond 
Rangelov, Iavor (2014)
Cambridge University Press
The relationship between nationalism and the rule of law has been largely neglected by scholars despite the fact that separately, they have often captured public discourse and have emerged as critical concepts for the social sciences. This book provides the first systematic account of this relationship. 

Ultimate Weapon - German

Unsere beste Waffe ist keine Waffe - Konfliktlösungen für das 21. Jahrhundert (German edition of 'The Ultimate Weapon is no Weapon')
Beebe, Shannon and Kaldor, Mary (sommer 2013)
Brigitte Paegert, Pfarrinfo St. Jakobus
Two authors brought together from distant points on the political spectrum by their concerns about the repercussions of violent political conflict on human lives, explain and explore a new idea for stabilizing the dangerous neighborhoods of the world.


Quest for Security: Protection without Protectionism and the Challenge of Global Governance
Stiglitz, Joseph and Kaldor, Mary (eds.) (April 2013)
Columbia University Press
The essays in this collection boldly confront the quest for security arising from the social, economic, environmental, and political crises and transformations of our century.


Peer-reviewed journal articles


Selchow, S. 'The paths not (yet) taken: Ulrich Beck, the 'cosmopolitized' world and security studies' in Security Dialogue, August 2016.

Selchow, S. 'The construction of 'European Security' in the European Union in a changing global environment: a systematic analysis', European Security, July 2016.

Kaldor, M. 'How Peace Agreements Undermine the Rule of Law in New War Settings', Global Policy, April 2016.

Andersson, R. 'Europe's Failed 'fight' against Irregular Migration: Ethnographic Notes on a Counterproductive Industry', Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, February 2016.

Selchow, S. 'Resilience and resilient in Obama's National Security Strategy 2010: Enter two 'political keywords'', Politics, January 2016.


Selchow, S. ‘The Drones of Others: An Insight into the Imagination of UAVs in Germany‘, Behemoth – A Journal on Civilisation, 8(2): 55-72, 2015.

Chinkin, C., M. Kaldor, I. Rangelov and S. Weill ‘Special Issue: Law, Justice and the Security Gap: Introduction’, Journal of Conflict and Security Law, Oxford University Press, 2015.

Rangelov, I. ‘Justice as a Security Strategy? International Justice and the Liberal Peace in the Balkans’, Journal of Conflict and Security Law, Oxford University Press, 2015.

Weill, S. ‘Reducing the Security Gap through National Courts: Targeted Killings as a Case Study’, Journal of Conflict and Security Law, Oxford University Press, 2015.

Andersson, R. 'Hardwiring the Frontier? The Politics of Security Technology in Europe's 'Fight against Illegal Migration'', Security Dialogue, Sage, October 2015.

Vincent, S., F. Weigand and H. Hakimi 'The Afghan Local Police – Closing the Security Gap?', Stability: International Journal of Security & Development, 4(1): 45, pp.1–26, 2015.

Andersson, R. and F. Weigand ‘Intervention at Risk: The Vicious Cycle of Distance and Danger in Mali and Afghanistan’ (co-authored), Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 2015.

Ali, A. 'The Security Gap in Syria: Individual and Collective Security in 'Rebel-held' Territories', Stability: International Journal of Security and Development, 4(1):40, pp. 1-20, 2015.

Rigterink, A. 'Does Security Imply Safety? On the (Lack of) Correlation Between Different Aspects of Security', Stability: International Journal of Security and Development, 4(1):39, pp. 1–21, 2015.

Kaldor, M. and S. Selchow ‘From Military to ‘Security Interventions’: An Alternative Approach to Contemporary Interventions’, (co-authored), Stability: International Journal of Security and Development, 4(1):32, pp. 1–12, 2015.

Bojicic-Dzelilovic, V. ‘The Politics, Practice and Paradox of ‘Ethnic Security’ in Bosnia- Herzegovina’, Stability: International Journal of Security and Development, 4(1)11, 2015.

Schomerus, M. and A. Rigterink “And then he switched off the phone”: Mobile phone coverage, political ‘voice’ and the power of information in South Sudan’sWestern Equatoria State, Stability: International Journal of Security and Development 4(1):10, 2015.


Andersson, R. ‘Time and the Migrant Other: Temporalities of Border Controls at Europe’s Frontiers’, American Anthropologist 116(4):795-809, 2014.

Andersson, R. ‘Hunter and Prey: Patrolling Clandestine Migration in the Euro-African Borderlands’, Anthropological Quarterly 87(1), pp.119-150, 2014.

Chinkin, C. ‘Addressing Violence against Women in the Commonwealth within States’ Obligations under International Law’, 40 Commonwealth Law Bulletin, 471-50, 2014.

Rangelov, I. ‘Democracy or Stability? European Approaches to Justice in Peace and Transitional Processes’, Global Policy 5(2):191-200, 2014.


Bojicic-Dzelilovic, V. ‘Informality, Inequality and Social Reintegration in Post-War Transition’, Studies in Social Justice 7(2), pp.211-228, 2013.

Bojicic-Dzelilovic, V ‘Europeanization and Conflict Networks: Private Sector Development in Post-Conflict Bosnia-Herzegovina’ (co-authored), East European Politics 29(1), 2013.

Chinkin, C. ‘The New United Nations “Gender Architecture”: A Room with a View?’ 17 Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law, 1-60 (with Hilary Charlesworth) 2013.

Chinkin, C. ‘Gender and New Wars’, Journal of International Affairs, 67(1), 167-187 (with Mary Kaldor), 2013.

Kaldor, M. ‘In Defence of New Wars’, Stability: International Journal of Security and Development, Vol 2, No 1, 7 March 2013.

Kaldor, M. ‘Comment on security cosmopolitanism’ Critical Studies on Security, V 1, Issue 1, 14 June 2013.

Kaldor, M. ‘Identity and War’, Global Policy, V 4, Issue 4, November 2013.Kaldor, M. ‘Gender and New Wars’, (co-authored), Journal of International Affairs, Vol.67, No.1, fall/winter 2013.

Kaldor, M. and S. Selchow ‘The Bubbling-Up of Subterranean Politics in Europe’ Journal for Civil Society, Volume 9, Issue 1, 2013.

Book chapters


Bojicic-Dzelilovic, V. ‘Ethnicity Pays: The Political Economy of Post-Conflict Nationalism in Bosnia- Herzegovina’ (co-authored) in B. Kissane (ed) National Reconstruction, USA: Pennsylvania University Press, 2014.

Bojicic-Dzelilovic, V. ‘Statebuilding, Nationbuilding and Reconstruction’ (co-authored), in M. Kaldor and I. Rangelov (eds) Handbook of Global Policy, Polity Press, 2014.

Chinkin, C. ‘Sources’, in D. Moeckli, S. Shah and S. Sivakumaran, International Human Rights Law, Oxford University Press (2nd ed.), 75-95, 2013.

Chinkin, C. ‘Gender and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights’, in E. Riedel, G. Giacca and C. Golay (eds.) Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in International Law, Oxford University Press, 134-163, 2014.

Chinkin, C. ‘Gender and Armed Conflict’, in A. Clapham and P. Gaeta (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of International Law in Armed Conflict ,Oxford University Press, 675-699, 2014.

Kaldor, M. ‘Filling the security gap. Human Security, Human Rights and Human Development’, in M. Martin and T. Owen (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Human Security, Routledge, 2014.

Kaldor, M. ‘Human Security’ in M. Kaldor and I. Rangelov (eds.) The Handbook of Global Security Policy, Wiley Blackwell, 2014.

Rangelov, I. and R. Teitel ‘Transitional Justice’ in: M. Kaldor and I. Rangelov, (eds.) Handbook of Global Security Policy, Wiley-Blackwell, 2014

Rangelov, I. ‘Civil Society Dialogue on Transitional Justice in East Africa and the Balkans’, Security in Transition Conference Report, 2014.

Selchow, S. ‘Security Policy and (Global) Risk(s)’ in M. Kaldor and I. Rangelov (eds). Handbook of Global Security Policy, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 68-84, 2014.

Martin, M. 'Reframing the use of Force. The European Union as a security actor' in M.Kaldor and I.Rangelov (eds.)H andbook of Global Security Policy, Wiley Blackwell, 2014.

Martin, M. ‘A Road Still to be Travelled: Human Security and a Continuing Search for Meaning’ in S. Takahashi (ed.) Human Rights, Human Security and State Security, Santa Barbara CA: Praeger, 2014.

Rigterink, A. 'Natural Resources and Insecurity' in: M. Kaldor and I. Rangelov (eds.) Handbook of Global Security Policy, London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014.

Rigterink, A. 'Practice Without Evidence: Interrogating Conflict Resolution Approaches and Assumptions', Justice and Security Research Programme Working Paper. (V. Bojicic-Dzelilovic, T. Caryannis, N. Olin, A. Rigterink and M. Schomerus, 2014).


Bojicic-Dzelilovic, V. ‘Decentralisation and Regionalisation in Bosnia- Herzegovina’ in V. Bartlett, S. Malekovic and V. Monastiriotis (eds) Decentralisation and Local Development in South East Europe, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Rangelov, I.  ‘The Role of Transnational Civil Society’ in A. Lupel and E. Verdeja (eds.) Responding to Genocide: The Politics of International Action. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2013.

Kaldor, M. ‘Restructuring Global Security for the 21st Century’ in M.Kaldor and J. Stiglitz (eds.) The Quest for Security: Protection without Protectionism and the Challenge of Global Governance, Columbia University Press, 2013.      

Rangelov, I. ‘Contesting the Rule of Law: Civil Society and Legal Institutions’ in V. Bojicic-Dzelilovic, J.K. Lindsay and D. Kostovicova, (eds.) Civil Society and Transitions in the Western Balkans, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Rangelov, I.  ‘The Republic of Croatia’ in L. Stan and N. Nedelsk (eds.) Cambridge Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Selchow, S. ‘An Interplay of Traditions: The ‘Return of Uncertainty’ and its Taming in Post-9/11 US Security Thinking’ in M. Bevir, O. Daddow, and I. Hall (eds.) Interpreting Global Security, London:Routledge, 35-52, 2013.

Selchow, S. and A. Loughnan ‘Preventive Detention Beyond the Law: The Need to Ask Socio-Political Questions’ in P. Keyzer (ed.) Preventive Detention: Asking the Fundamental Questions, Intersentia, 261-285, 2013.

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