Global Security Cultures
Global Security Cultures
Why do politicians think that war is the answer to terror when military intervention in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Mali, Somalia and elsewhere - has made things worse? Why do conflicts in places like Syria or the Democratic Republic of Congo never end? And how is it that practices like targeted assassinations, the bombing of hospitals, beheadings or sexual slavery are becoming increasingly common?
In this book, renowned scholar of war and human security Mary Kaldor introduces the concept of global security cultures in order to explain why we get stuck in particular pathways to security. A global security culture, she explains, involves different combinations of ideas, narratives, rules, people, tools, practices, and infrastructure embedded in a specific form of political authority, a set of power relations, that come together to address or engage in large-scale violence. In contrast to the Cold War period, when there was one dominant culture based on military forces and nation-states, nowadays there are competing global security cultures. Defining four main types - Geo-politics, New Wars, the Liberal Peace and the War on Terror - she investigates how we might identify contradictions, dilemmas and experiments in contemporary security cultures that might ultimately open up new pathways to rescue and safeguard civility in the future.
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  • May 2018 (hb)
    June 2018 (pb)
  • 224 pages
  • 138 x 216 mm / 5 x 9 in
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  • 9781509509171
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Table of Contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • Chapter 1 Introduction
  • Chapter 2 Security Cultures
  • Chapter 3 Geo-Politics
  • Chapter 4 New Wars
  • Chapter 5 Liberal Peace
  • Chapter 6 War on Terror
  • Chapter 7 Geographies
  • Chapter 8 Conclusion
About the Author
Mary Kaldor is Professor of Global Governance and Director of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at the London School of Economics
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'This book is a fascinating and thought-provoking assessment of the state of contemporary global security and, crucially, the cultural practices underpinning it, by one of its most perceptive scholars.'
Andrew Mumford, University of Nottingham

'In Global Security Cultures, Mary Kaldor brings to bear her deep knowledge of wars onto the new horrors that mark today's wars. This is a major contribution to our understanding of the current period, one that keeps surprising us with its use of old weapons, such as poison gas, and the making of new territories, such as the establishing of caliphates.'
Saskia Sassen, Columbia University and author of Expulsions

'At a time of growing impunity by warring parties, and diminishing power of peace makers, Kaldor’s new book provides an essential and urgent analysis of why wars drag on, and why the world fails, time and again, to care for those in desperate need.’
Lyse Doucet, BBC Chief International Correspondent

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