Recent Submissions

  • Introduction: Transforming Security and Development in an Unequal World 

    Luckham, Robin (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 01/03/2009)
    Security is a contested concept, which means very different things to different people. It bears the heavy historical imprint of the existing state system and of global capitalism. However this IDS Bulletin contends that ...
  • Gendering the New Security Paradigm in Sri Lanka 

    De Mel, Neloufer (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 01/03/2009)
    This article points to the significant military turn that has taken place in Sri Lanka following the armed conflict between the Sri Lanka government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). It is particularly ...
  • New Media and Conflict Transformation in Sri Lanka 

    Hattotuwa, Sanjana (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 01/03/2009)
    Can information and communication technologies (ICTs) help transform violent conflict and strengthen democracy? Can they strengthen human security when the language of hate, pervasive violence, cultures of impunity and ...
  • Community?based Security and Justice: Arbakai in Afghanistan 

    Tariq, Mohammad Osman (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 01/03/2009)
    This article discusses the successful bottom?up justice and security institutions in south?east Afghanistan that are delivering justice and security to the people in a complex atmosphere characterised by a weak and contested ...
  • The Gender and Human Security Debate 

    Chenoy, Anuradha M. (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 01/03/2009)
    Feminists have welcomed the human security concept for the challenge it poses to national and state security but have faulted it for not adequately addressing women's issues. This article looks at the debate between feminists ...
  • ‘Security from Below’ in Contexts of Chronic Violence 

    Colak, Alexandra Abello; Pearce, Jenny (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 01/03/2009)
    At the same time that the field of security moves away from traditional state?centred perspectives towards a human?centred understanding of security, contemporary states seem to be incapable of protecting people from ...
  • Identity and Security in Arab Countries 

    Al-Sayyid, Mustapha Kamal (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 01/03/2009)
    This article takes a critical stand towards primordialist interpretations of identity conflicts in the Arab world. It argues that identity?framed conflicts have usually coincided with differential access to wealth, power ...
  • Violence, Identity and (In)security: Experiencing the Maoist Insurgency in Peru 

    Wilson, Fiona (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 01/03/2009)
    This article argues that the position of political violence in developing countries has changed in the post?Cold War period, from being seen (by some) as a legitimate response to dictatorship to become associated with ...
  • Effecting Change through Women's Activism in Liberia 

    Gbowee, Leymah (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 01/03/2009)
    This article highlights historical issues of injustice and violence against women in conflict?torn societies in West Africa. It provides examples of women's participation in the struggle for freedom and the search for peace ...
  • Violence, (In)security and Human Rights in Latin America 

    Chillier, Gastón; Varela, Silvia (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 01/03/2009)
    This article examines the relationship between violence, insecurity and human rights in Latin America. It explores the context in which debates on citizen security emerged, the challenges that this context presented for ...
  • Political Dimensions of Security Transformation in Latin America 

    Fuentes, Claudio (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 01/03/2009)
    This article suggests that the lack of advancement in both the actual protection of citizens' rights and institutional democratic reforms of the security sector in Latin America is due to a complex and intertwined set of ...
  • Politics of Social Exclusion, State Reform and Security in Sri Lanka 

    Bastian, Sunil (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 01/03/2009)
    The general election in mid?1977 marked a turning point of Sri Lankan history. On the one hand, it marked the beginning of economic liberalisation and emphasis on the private sector as the engine of growth. On the other ...
  • The Security Sector in Arab Countries: Can it be Reformed? 

    Kodmani, Bassma; Chartouni?Dubarry, May (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 01/03/2009)
    There is a burgeoning debate on security sector reform (SSR) in the Arab region. Experiences elsewhere suggest that patterns vary widely, from the violent dismantling or collapse of political systems to negotiated processes ...
  • ECOWAS and Civil Society Movements in West Africa 

    Olonisakin, 'Funmi (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 01/03/2009)
    This article argues that the West African subregion has radically shifted its approach to security from a state?centred framework to one that now encompasses human security concerns. Civil society is now an active part of ...
  • The Global Marketplace and the Privatisation of Security 

    Isima, Jeffrey (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 01/03/2009)
    The privatisation of security in the age of globalisation raises crucial concerns for global governance and development. Key among these are the impacts on the structures of poverty and inequality, and how these twin ...
  • Shifts in Global Security Policies: Why They Matter for the South 

    Woodward, Susan L. (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 01/03/2009)
    The global security order has been evolving since 1989, led initially by the USA to expand its post?1945 order in Europe to the rest of the world but propelled as well by competition and debates within that post?Second ...
  • Notes on Contributors 

    Unknown author (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 01/03/2009)