Read Mary Kaldor's OpenDemocracy blog:
Why we should oppose British air strikes against ISIL in Syria
27 November 2015
Professor Kaldor and Dr Rim Turkmani explain why air strikes against ISIL will not work. 'The main aim of any strategy to counter ISIL must be legitimate state building. To reverse the process of state un-building in Syria, the most important step is to end the conflict. Ending the conflict requires serious commitment to an inclusive political solution that is supported by regional and international consensus.'
Countering the logic of the war economy in Syria
19 November 2015
This article is based on a report by Professor Kaldor and her colleagues which looks at how Syria’s economy has changed after four years of armed conflict. The pre-war formal economy has been replaced by illicit economic activities linked to violence. A new rich class of leaders has emerged that has an interest in the continuation of the war. What can be done to end the conflict?
Momentous times for democracy in Europe
13 July 2015
The shocking behaviour of the Eurozone leaders in punishing Greece for voting against austerity has alarming implications for the future. Is it too late to put democracy and Europe together again?
The habits of the heart: substantive democracy after the European elections
27 May 2014
Professor Mary Kaldor explains the reasons for the weakness of substantive democracy and gives suggestions on how it can be restored.
What to do in Syria?
10 September 2013
'So how would the world respond if what is happening in Syria were viewed through a legal and humanitarian lens rather than through a geo-political lens?'
Bordering on a new World War 1
27 April 2013
Professor Mary Kaldor reports from her trip to the Syrian border.
The new war in Europe?
18 March 2013
'The lack of bottom-up pressure at a European level, the weakness of trans-European solidarity, the fragmentation of subterranean politics, all hint at dark political tendencies.'
Subterranean Politics in Europe: an introduction
08 October 2012
Professor Mary Kaldor and Dr. Sabine Selchow introduce us to their research project and report on their findings.
Global Civil Society 2012: ten years of 'politics from below'
30 April 2012
Professor Mary Kaldor presents the tenth edition of the Global Civil Society yearbook.
Syria: yes to intervention, but de-escalate the broader conflict
12 February 2012
'The scale of violence gripping Syria today has long crossed the line of a domestic issue. The international community is obliged both morally and legally to intervene to stop the violence – to protect Syrian civilians and to establish conditions for peaceful political change. The question is what form should such an intervention take?'
Mary Kaldor pays tribute to Vaclav Havel
18 December 2011
Professor Kaldor remembers the former Czech president, who was one of the fathers of the east European pro-democracy movement that led to the fall of the Berlin wall, as 'Human, self-deprecating, witty and even absurdist, often wrong as well as right, he represented a rare voice of integrity, courage and optimism in an era that is depressingly lacking in political leadership.'
The new road to Europe: ways out of the Hydra-Headed Crisis
05 September 2011
'The European Union is uniquely placed to solve the problems that have been caused by the tensions and templates of national political solutions in a globalised economy. There exists a positive European reinvention of the Union for all those that are rightly indignant.'
Libya: war or humanitarian intervention?
29 March 2011
'In the end the prospects for democracy depend on whether the rebels can mobilise support politically throughout Libya. The problem with the military approach is that it entrenches division. Our preoccupation with classic military means is undermining our capacity to address growing insecurity.'
Afghanistan dreads the spring
13 March 2011
Mary Kaldor recounts her recent visit to a Kabul conference, where she heard Afghan citizens from across the country describe the sense of insecurity that pervades their lives and communities and where there is a 'gap between the perceptions of the situation as seen from within the international compounds and the perception of ordinary people.'
Civil Society in 1989 and 2011
07 February 2011
In light of the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia, Mary Kaldor argues that western countries should consult the people of the Middle East about how they can help to construct a fairer, more sustainable economy.
Human Security in Practice
20 January 2011
Mary Kaldor introduces a special series of articles commissioned for openDemocracy on the theme of rethinking human security.
Dismantling the global nuclear infrastructure
11 August 2009
Mary Kaldor argues that arms control belongs to a different era and the goal should now be global nuclear disarmament.
The paradox of Basra
13 January 2009
Professor Kaldor reports from her visit to Basra, revealing fraught divisions of wealth and ideology.