There are times in which the world seems to be on fire. For all the assumptions of human progress and civilised refinement, conflict and its effects remain a constant in global politics. Yet in all its dimensions, conflict is changing; the patterns of warfare, the use of technology, the impact of terrorism, all evolve, driven by the political conditions in post-colonial states, shifts in power balances between superpowers, North-South relations, and the emergence of new points of contestation both locally and globally. Researchers in this program undertake innovative research in diverse dimensions of conflict and its prevention and resolution, from security and diplomacy in international relations, through to military interventions and police missions, and local, national and international practices of reconciliation, peace and transitional justice. Our approach is embedded in engaged understandings of the social, historical, cultural and otherwise specific dimensions of particular conflicts. With this, we are interested in the day-to-day subjective responses of people caught in moments of extreme violence through to critically assessing prevailing conceptual and strategic approaches to security and peace.

Recent Publications

Brown, M. A. (2017) “Hybridity and Dialogue: approaches to the Hybrid Turn’” pre-release from the forthcoming special issue: Critical hybridity: history, power and scaleThird World Thematics: a TWQ journal. Article doi: doi.org/10.1080/23802014.2017.1353893

Hunt, C. (2017). All necessary means to what ends? The unintended consequences of the ‘robust turn’ in UN peace operations In: International Peacekeeping, 24, 108 – 131

Hunt, C. (2017). Beyond the binaries: Towards a relational approach to peacebuilding In: Global Change, Peace and Security, 29, 209 – 227

Hunt, C. T. (2017) “Peacekeeping and Capacity-building” in Morley, S. Turner, J. Corteen, K. & Taylor, P. eds. A Companion to State Power, Liberties and Rights (Chicago: University of Chicago Press)

Hunt, C. (2016). African regionalism and human protection norms: an overview In: Global Responsibility to Protect, 8, 201 – 226

Hunt, C. (2016). Emerging powers and the responsibility to protect: non-linear norm dynamics in complex international society In: Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 29, 870 – 890

Hunt, C. (2016). Avoiding perplexity: complexity-oriented monitoring and evaluation for UN peace operations In: Complexity Thinking for Peacebuilding Practice and Evaluation, Palgrave Macmillan, London, United Kingdom

Siracusa, J. (2017). Globalization and strategic security In: Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance, Springer, United States

Siracusa, J. and Warren, A. (2017). Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Search for Global Security, Rowman and Littlefield, New York, United States

Siracusa, J. and Warren, A. (2016). Presidential Doctrines: U.S. National Security from George Washington to Barack Obama, Rowman and Littlefield, New York, United States

Siracusa, J. (2016). Globalization and war In: Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance, Springer, United States

Warren, A. (2016). On global security: International law, use-of-force and hegemony In: Narratives of Globalization, Rowman and Littlefield, London, United Kingdom

 

Projects

The wartime comfort women of Japanese-occupied New Guinea, 1942-1945 (DECRA)

The Japanese military occupied New Guinea between 1942 and 1945 and established military brothels there, but whether or not New Guinean women were sexually enslaved is unknown.

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Stori Bilong ples: documenting PNG experiences of WWII

This project is commissioned by Deakin University as part of a larger project that they are running with funding from Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

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Understanding and working with local sources of peace, security and justice in West Africa

This project is investigating the nature and scope of non-state actors’ contribution to security, peace and justice in Ghana and Liberia, and their interaction with state and international groups and institutions.

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Civilian Protection and the Use of Force in UN Peacekeeping Operations

United Nations peacekeepers are on the frontline of efforts to protect civilians from violence. More than 100 were killed in 2014.

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Key People

Lead researchers

Dr Ceridwen Spark

Dr Ceridwen Spark

Senior Research Fellow, Global, Urban and Social Studies

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Professor Joseph Siracusa

Professor Joseph Siracusa

Joseph M. Siracusa is Professor of Human Security and International Diplomacy in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.

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Associate Professor Damian Grenfell

Associate Professor Damian Grenfell

Associate Professor, Global, Urban and Social Studies

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Dr Charles T Hunt

Dr Charles T Hunt

Vice-Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow and ARC DECRA Fellow, Global, Urban and Social Studies

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Associate Professor Anne Brown

Associate Professor Anne Brown

Principal Research Fellow, Global, Urban and Social Studies

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