Publications archive


Global Civil Society 2012: Ten Years of Critical Reflection
Kaldor, Mary; Selchow, Sabine and Henrietta L. Moore (eds) (May 2012).
Palgrave Macmillan
In this anniversary edition, 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.

The 'Bubbling Up' of Subterranean Politics in Europe
Kaldor, Mary and Sabine Selchow (June 2012).
Engaging on a Europe-wide level with activists from many of the protest movements and burgeoning political groups of 2011-2012, this research shows a widening gulf between European politicians and their publics -while politicians concentrate on saving the Euro, the public are growing increasing distrustful of political elites.

Exiting Conflict, Owning the Peace: Local Ownership in International Peace Operations 
Martin, Mary; Bojicic-Dzelilovic, Vesna; Kostovicova, Denisa; Wittman, Aanne and Stephanie Moser (June 2012).
This study explores the norm of local ownership and the challenges of promoting it in the context of international peacebuilding. It focuses on three cases of late-stage intervention in Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan. Its findings reveal the need to re-think local ownership within international peace building, both in theory and in practice.

New and Old Wars: Organized Violence in a Global Era, 3rd Edition
Kaldor, Mary (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.


Bottom-up Politics: An Agency-Centred Approach to Globalization
Kostovicova, Denisa and Marlies Glasius (eds) (2011).
Palgrave Macmillan
The authors explore complex, counterintuitive and even unintended forms and consequences of bottom-up politics, going beyond simplistic understandings of ordinary people as either victims or beneficiaries of globalization.

Arguing about the World: the Work and Legacy of Meghnad Desai
Vizard, Polly and Kaldor, Mary (eds)  (2011).
Bloomsbury Academic
Meghnad Desai is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the LSE. He is founder of LSE Global Governance. From 1990-1995 he was Director of LSE's Development Studies Institute and has been at the LSE for over 30 years. In 1991, Meghnad Desai was created Lord Desai of St Clement Danes. By enabling leading scholars and other public figures to explore the subjects that inspired them and Lord Desai, the publication offers a fascinating exploration of progress on economics, human rights and development issues. The initiative identifies the continuing contribution made by Lord Desai, and the development of the themes highlighted by his work.


The Ultimate Weapon is No Weapon: Human Security and the New Rules of War and Peace
Beebe, Shannon D. and Mary Kaldor (2010).
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 stabilising the dangerous neighbourhoods of the world.

Alter-Globalization: Becoming Actors in the Global Age
Pleyers, Geoffrey (2010).
Cambridge: Polity Press
Based of extensive field research conducted since 1999, Geoffrey Pleyers analyses the worldwide movement of 'alter-globalization activists', that is, those who contest globalization in its neo-liberal form and have developed new ways to become actors in the global age.

Jihad and Just War in the War on Terror
Brahimi, Alia (2010).
Oxford University Press
Dr Alia Brahimi offers an exploration of the ways in which George W. Bush and Osama bin Laden drew upon, and simultaneously re-conceptualised, important moral concepts from within the Western and Islamic just war traditions.


The European Union and Human Security: External interventions and missions
Martin, Mary and Mary Kaldor (eds) (2009).
This study addresses two key issues: the need for an empirical assessment of EU foreign and security policies based on EU intervention in conflict and post-conflict situations, and the idea of 'human security' and how this is applied in European foreign policy.


Human Security: Reflections on Globalization and Intervention
Kaldor, Mary (2007).
Cambridge: Polity Press
This book is an exploration of this security gap. It makes the case for a new approach to security based on a global conversation - a public debate among civil society groups and individuals as well as states and international institutions.

International Politics of HIV/AIDS: Global Disease-Local Pain
Seckinelgin, Hakan (2007).
London: Routledge
This book examines the global governance of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, interrogating the role of this international system and global discourse on HIV/AIDS interventions.

'Human Security: a new strategic narrative for Europe'
Kaldor, Mary, Mary Martin and Sabine Selchow (2007).
International Affairs 83(2).


New and Old Wars: Organized Violence in a Global Era. 2nd edition
Kaldor, Mary (2006).
Cambridge: Polity Press
In the context of globalization, this path-breaking book has shown that what we think of as war -- that is to say, war between states in which the aim is to inflict maximum violence -- is becoming an anachronism.

A European Way of Security 
The Madrid Report of the Human Security Study Group comprising a Proposal and Background Report  (2006).


A Human Security Doctrine for Europe
Glasius, Marlies and Mary Kaldor (eds.) (2005).
London: Routledge


A Human Security Doctrine for Europe 
The Barcelona Report of the Study Group on Europe's Security Capabilities (2004).


'The Idea of Global Civil Society'
Kaldor, Mary (2003).
International Affairs, 79(3):583-593.

'Civil Society and Accountability' 
Kaldor, Mary (2003).
Journal of Human Development, 4(1):5-27. 

Global Civil Society: An Answer to War
Kaldor, Mary (2003).
Cambridge: Polity
The terms `global' and `civil society' have both become part of the contemporary political lexicon. In this important book, Mary Kaldor argues that this is no coincidence and that the reinvention of civil society has to be understood in the context of globalization.