News and events

New job opening: Personal Assistant and Research Administrator
14 November 2016- The Department of International Development is seeking a highly committed and motivated administrator to support Professor Mary Kaldor, Director of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit and Professor of Global Governance in the Department. For more information click on the link above.

Lessons from Brexit for a Whole-of-Society approach
17 July 2016 - In this blog Dr. Mary Martin writes about the Brexit vote and how it showed the challenge to bridge divides in societies that have become polarised not under conditions of violent conflict, but also in apparently settled western liberal democracies.  At the same time Brexit also shows how necessary it is to recognize these divides and give people back a stake in politics, and improve the local ownership of policies.

Vote In - Another Europe is Possible
29 May 2016 - On 28 May Mary Kaldor joined a panel at a national event organised by Another Europe is possible, DiEM25 and openDemocracy. Together with Yanis Varoufakis (DiEM25), James Schneider (Momentum), Zoe Gardner (Asylum Aid) and Sirio Canós Donnay (Podemos) she argues why Britain should stay in the European Union. Click here to watch this session's video. Also read Mary Kaldor's and Hilary Wainwright's blog about how Europe can be reformed.

Special openDemocracy series on Human Security Study Group report

23 May 2016 - In this special openDemocracy series, the Human Security Study Group outlines the main conclusions of our report in our introductory essay by Mary Kaldor and Javier Solana together with six essays based on some of the background papers. These essays include: an analysis of the conceptual premises of the Global Review (Sabine Selchow); three essays on specific conflict zones –Syria (Rim Turkmani), Ukraine (Tymofiy Mylovanov), the Horn of Africa (Alex de Waal); the importance of the EU’s justice instrument (Iavor Rangelov); and how EU cyber security policy is human rights focused rather than state focussed (Genevieve Schmeder and Emmanuel Darmois). 

Sabine Selchow presents paper at UCL conference  
10 May 2016 - Sabine Selchow will present her paper ''The Refugee' as an Engine of German Innovation: Anatomy of a Discourse and the ('cosmopolitised') Germany it Produces' on Thursday, May 12th at the Hospitality and Hostility in a Moving World Conference, University College London. The conference will examine the diverse responses to the refugee crisis that have been developed on different scales and across different spaces.

CSHS Conference ‘The Politics of Plunder East and West: what is to be done?'
06 May 2016 - The Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit is organising the above names conference to be held on June 8th, 2016. The conference will bring together members of the European left as well as civil society activists, scholars and progressive politicians from Russia and Ukraine in order to initiate a dialogue about issues that are of interest to all involved parties. Click here to find out more and to register.

New report by the Human Security Study Group
25 February 2016 - The Berlin Report of the Human Security Study Group ‘From Hybrid Peace to Human Security: Rethinking EU Strategy towards Conflict’ was presented to the European External Action Service on 24 February 2016 in  Brussels. The 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. Click here to find more about the report and the background papers commissioned by the Study Group.

Professor Kaldor receives honorary award at University of Sussex graduation
25 January 2016 - Last Friday Mary Kador was awarded a honorary doctorate from the University of Sussex for her  academic excellence and her contribution on issues of humanitarian security and the new causes of war. The award  was conferred to her by the Chancellor of the University, actor and writer Sanjeev Bhaskar at Brighton’s Dome, where the University’s winter graduation ceremonies took place.

Prof. Kaldor joins panel at event on the Syrian conflict 
09 November 2015 - Syria’s conflict and UK policy was the theme of a panel discussion hosted by the Council for Arab-British Understanding (Caabu) in the Parliament on November 4th. Mary Kaldor (LSE), Mustafa Haid (Dawlaty Foundation), Chris Phillips (Queen Mary) and Chris Doyle (Caabu) were the four panellists. The event was chaired by Conservative MP David Jones.

Working papers on Civil Society and Transitional Justice
02 November 2015 - Three papers on Civil Society and Transitional Justice in
the Balkans (by Dr Iavor Rangelov), Kenya (by Dr Chandra Lekha Sriram) and Uganda
(by Dr Phil Clark) are the final outputs of the project Civil Society Dialogue
on Transitional Justice in East Africa and the Balkans. The project was funded
by the MacArthur Foundation and the European Research Council and aimed, on one
hand to engage civil society actors in the two regions in order to share
experiences, and on the other hand to draw on the insights gained from the
dialogue in advancing the ‘Security in Transition’ research programme.

Prof. Mary Kaldor speaks at the Helsinki 40 plus event in Kiev
20 October 2015 - Prof. Kaldor participated at the ‘Helsinki 40 plus: OSCE and Citizens’ event that took place at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy on October 19th. This was the first of a series of events celebrating 40 years since the Helsinki Final Act was signed. Panellists talked about the meaning of the act for Ukrainian civil society, then and now, as well as the importance of the Helsinki principles for individuals today.

Latest research on Syria's war economy
06 August 2015 - We are pleased to present you our major new empirical study of Syria under the present armed conflict. Researchers from the SiT programme conducted more than 100 in-depth interviews with people in three areas under opposition control. The aim was to identify activities which may be contributing to the persistence of violence and to put forward recommendations, making it relevant to both scholars of Syria and the Middle East and to policy makers. The output of the project has been two reports, detailed here.

New research project hosted at the CSHS Unit
08 May 2014 - A new research project, funded by the European Commission’s Horizons 2020 programme, entitled “Whole-of-society Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding” (WOSCAP) will be hosted at the CSHS Unit  from June 2015.
 The research is aimed at improving  EU capabilities in conflict prevention and peacebuilding  by addressing issues of sustainability and local participation in the  external interventions.

Ruben Andersson wins BBC award for his book Illegality, Inc.
22 April 2015 - Dr Ruben Andersson, has won the British Sociological Association/BBC Thinking Allowed (Radio 4) ethnography award for his book Illegality, Inc. Clandestine Migration and the Business of Bordering Europe. The book argues that increasing border controls leads migrants to seek more dangerous routes to enter Europe. It is based on his PhD dissertation awarded from the Department of Anthropology, LSE for which he won the 2014 IMISCOE – Maria Ioannis Baganha dissertation award. One of the judges said: ‘…it was very powerful; it was a very beautifully written very evocative book’. Thinking Allowed ran a special feature on the book  on Wednesday 22 April at 4pm.

Research impact: making a difference 
20 January 2015 - LSE's new Research Impact website features Prof. Mary Kaldor's impact case study. Read here how her work on human security has helped Europe address global conflicts and emergencies.

New Security in Transition and Madani organisation report about ceasefires in Syria
11 November 2014 – The report ‘Hungry for Peace’ documents local negotiations and agreements in Syria since the end of 2011 which have improved lives and given hope to thousands 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.

Security in Transition programme - new conference report
06 November 2014 - This report summarizes the key issues and ideas that emerged from the Civil Society Dialogue on Transitional Justice in East Africa and the Balkans, convened by LSE Security in Transition and held at the British Institute in East Africa in Nairobi. The dialogue brought together activists working on accountability and justice for atrocity crimes from Kenya, Uganda and the former Yugoslavia. The report discusses the role of civil society actors in responding to ongoing human rights violations, triggering debates over justice in the public sphere, engaging with transitional justice processes and mechanisms, and creating autonomous spaces for debate and activism outside formal justice processes

Dr Ashraf Ghani's Ralph Miliband Lecture
16 October 2014 - In light of Dr Ghani's election as the President of Afghanistan, we are republishing the lecture he gave at LSE on 12 March 2010. The lecture was part of the Ralph Miliband Programme and was chaired by Professor Mary Kaldor.

Ruben Andersson wins the 2014 Maria Ioannis Baganha Dissertation Award
11 July 2014 - Dr. Andersson, has won the 2014 IMISCOE award for his thesis Clandestine migration and the business of bordering Europe, an ethnographic study of the 'industry of illegality' at the Spanish-Moroccan border. The award will be presented to him in August at the IMISCOE 11th Annual Conference. The annual prize is awarded to the best dissertation in the filed of migration, integration and social cohesion in Europe. 

Mary Kaldor wins the Ludwig Quidde Award for outstanding academic achievements
27 March 2014 – Professor Mary Kaldor has been awarded the Ludwig Quidde Award by the German foundation for Peace Research. The Award will be presented to her at a ceremony later in the year. 

Mary Kaldor at the Munich Security Conference
31 January – 02 February 2014 - Professor Mary Kaldor participated in the 50th Munich Security Conference (MSC), one of the most important independent security policy conferences worldwide. It was an extraordinary opportunity to learn at first hand the thinking of some of the key people in the security world as well as to make contacts that can help our research (and impact) on security issues. Sessions at this year’s conference included: dialogue between the Serbian and Kosovar Prime Ministers, chaired by Cathy Ashton; a panel discussion including the chief Israeli and Palestinian negotiators, Martin Indyk (Secretary Kerry’s representative) and Tony Blair; a panel that included Vitali Klychko, the Ukranian boxer and leader of the democratic opposition as well as the Ukrainian foreign minister; a historic session with Henry Kissinger, Helmut Schmidt, Egon Bahr and Valerie Giscard d’Estaing; not to mention other sessions involving John Kerry, Chuck Hagel, the Iranian foreign minister, as well as the UN’s negotiator on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi.

Mary Kaldor at the World Forum for Democracy
28 November 2013- Professor Mary Kaldor answers the question ‘how do you see the future of democracy in the digital age’ during the plenary session – Democracy in motion, at the World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg. You can watch the podcast here.

Mary Kaldor discusses Subterranean Politics at the IIEA
26 June 2013 - Professor Mary Kaldor delivered a keynote address at the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin where she presented the findings of her latest research on ‘subterranean politics’ in Europe. Follow the above link to listen to the podcast.

Mary Kaldor at the Norwegian Nobel Institute
02 May 2013-  Professor Mary Kaldor gave a lecture on ‘The War on Terror and the marginalizing of human security discourses’ for the 2013 Nobel Institute Fellowship Program. The overall theme for this year’s seminar program is ‘A world renewed: Examining the Post-Cold War legacy’ which is examined by leading scholars from three angles: foreign policy, ideology and economy

Security in Transition joins the Civil Society Network for Human Security
13 December 2012 - Our research programme is now a member of the Civil Society Network for Human Security, a global collaborative civil society platform that aims to bring together civil society organizations from fields such as peacebuilding, development and human. The main vision of the Network is to decrease violent and militarized conflicts by increasing the human security of communities, civil society networks, organisations and individuals.

Mary Kaldor received the Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizens Award at Tufts University
30 October 2012 - Professor Kaldor was presented with the award at the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University in recognition of her precedent-setting perspectives on global governance, intervention and security; and for her avid promotion of the development and promotion of a distinctive global, cosmopolitan democracy and human transnational civil society.

Mary Kaldor joins leading strategic thinkers at the Belgrade Security Forum
17 September 2012 - Professor Kaldor, a founding member of European Nuclear Disarmament and the Helsinki Citizen’s Assembly, will discuss the consequences of the economic crisis for human security at the Belgrade Security Forum (BSF) on 20-22 September 2012. The BSF is a high-level regional hub for policy dialogue contributing to the development of the Western Balkans' security community and to on-going international security and foreign policy debates.

New and Old Wars: Organized Violence in a Global Era, 3rd Edition out now!
11 September 2012 - Mary Kaldor's seminal book, now in its third edition, has been fully revised and updated. Kaldor has added an afterword answering the critics of the New Wars argument and, in a new chapter, shows how old war thinking in Afghanistan and Iraq greatly exacerbated what turned out to be, in many ways, archetypal new wars - characterised by identity politics, a criminalised war economy and civilians as the main victims.

New research on exiting conflict reveals need to rethink local involvement
12 July 2012 - Sustainable peace can only be built from within by enabling local populations to regain control over their physical and material security, according to a new two-year study by the LSE Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit. 'While the claim for local ownership is turning more and more into a political mantra, the concept remains poorly defined, and indeed operationally problematic.'

'Palestine’s poverty is a politically engineered human catastrophe.'
2 July 2012 - LSE PhD candidates Alaa Tartir and Samer Abdelnour join Lebanese activist, author and agronomist Rami Zurayk to argue that farming is a productive, meaningful, and multi-dimensional form of popular resistance through which Palestinians can demonstrate – to themselves and the world – the urgent need to reclaim lands, livelihoods, and freedom.

'It's about democracy, not austerity': Latest research reveals new political phenomena in Europe
21 June 2012 - A new report on ‘subterranean politics’ across Europe from the LSE Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit reveals a strong undercurrent of political disillusionment that runs deeper than frustration with austerity cuts. Professor Mary Kaldor, who led the study, says: 'Mainstream political circles portray the crisis in primarily financial terms. Our study suggests that the crisis in Europe is primarily political. These protests are not about austerity per se, but rather about the failures of democracy as currently practiced.' 

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Mary Kaldor discuss the rule of law during historic visit to UK
19 June 2012 - Speaking on her first visit to the UK for 24 years, Nobel Peace Prize winner Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said that unity in Burma and a new constitution could only be achieved within a legal framework. “This is what we all need - unless we see that justice is to be done, we cannot proceed to genuine democracy,” she told an audience of students, staff and visitors.

Mary Kaldor gives the annual Distinguished Women in International Affairs lecture at George Washington University.
9 May 2012 - Mary Kaldor gave the Distinguished Women in International Affairs lecture at George Washington University in memory of her co-author Lieutenant Colonel Shannon Beebe, who was killed in an air crash last summer and who taught a human security course at GWU. The lecture brought together an interesting audience which included members of the military and others who work in the defence sector, as well as peace advocates, environmental campaigners, faculty and students from GWU and LSE alumni.

The 10th Anniversary Edition of the Global Civil Society Yearbook is here!
23 April 2012 - In this special edition of the pioneering Global Civil Society Yearbook, activists and academics look back on ten years of 'politics from below', and ask whether it is merely the critical gaze upon the concept that has changed - or whether there is something genuinely new in kind about the way in which civil society is now operating. There will be a series of public events to celebrate its publication, including an evening discussion with Arab Spring and Occupy activists Ahmed Naguib and Laurie Penny.