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Global Security Governance


Over the past two decades, the field of Global Security Governance has moved significantly beyond addressing questions related to war, peace, and the power dynamics between states. Climate change, migration, poverty, health, privatisation, organised crime, and international terrorism are on the agenda next to long-standing concerns about the use of force, nuclear proliferation, military strategy, intelligence, and the distribution of resources.

The Global Security Governance stream addresses these wide-ranging and cross-disciplinary issues. A key focus lies here on interrogating the capacity to respond to change of the framework of global security governance, an amalgamation of an old order coupled with ‘non-traditional’ governance mechanisms. What degree and type of agency can - and should - we assign to existing formal and informal regulatory webs of public and private actors that develop, refine and implement rules for the conduct of global affairs? How do the many contemporary challenges, such as raging civil wars, the rise of non-state threats, and shifting geopolitical realities alongside an evolving ecological landscape, health epidemics, and concerns over food and energy, challenge existing institutions of global security governance, and with what effect?

This stream seeks to address the wide-ranging and cross-disciplinary issues relating to global security governance. Contemporary global governance is marked by deep tensions that have implications for: (a) how we understand the institutions and processes of global security; and (b) how these tensions shape and change the framework of global security governance.


Stream Leads

Alexandra Homolar (PAIS) and Stephanie Schnurr (CAL)