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.
In her lecture 'Human Security and the New Rules of War and Peace', Professor Kaldor spoke about the need for a shift from a twentieth century security paradigm based on the concept of national security - defending borders from foreign enemies - to a concept of human security more appropriate to the twenty-first century.
She argued that the use of twentieth century techniques in twenty-first century situations often makes things worse, as in Iraq and Afghanistan, and put forward proposals for transforming security capabilities. The lecture was based on the book written with Shannon Beebe, The Ultimate Weapon is No Weapon: Human Security and the New Rules of War and Peace.