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

2018

Books

Aning, K., Brown, A., Boege, V. and Hunt, C. T. eds. (In Press, 2018) Exploring Peace Formation: Security and Justice in Post-Colonial States (Abingdon: Routledge), https://www.routledge.com/Exploring-Peace-Formation-Security-and-Justice-in-Post-Colonial-States/Aning-Brown-Boege-Hunt/p/book/9781138999367

Book Chapters

Hunt, Charles. T. (2018) “The Unintended Consequences of the Use of Force by UN Peacekeepers” in Peter Nadin ed. The Use of Force in UN Peacekeeping, Global Institutions Series (Abingdon: Routledge), pp.145-168.

Hunt, C. T. (2018) “Hybridity Revisited: Relational Approaches to Peacebuilding in Complex Sociopolitical Orders”, in Wallis, J., Kent, L., Forsyth, M., Dinnen, S. and Bose, S. eds. Hybridity on the Ground in Peacebuilding and Development: Critical Conversations (Canberra: ANU Press), pp.51-65.

2017

Books

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

Book Chapters

Goldsmith, A.,Harris, V. (2017). International policing missions: Establishing trustworthy policing in low-trust environments In: Trust in International Police and Justice Cooperation, Hart Publishing Limited, Oxford, UK

Harris, V. (2017). Moral dilemmas: ethics and development practice In: International Development: A Global Perspective on Theory and Practice, Sage Publications Limited, London, United Kingdom

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)

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

Siracusa, J. (2017). Who won the cold war and why does it matter In: Humanities, arts and social sciences: It’s everyone’s business, Routledge, New York, United States

Warren, A. (2017). Globalization, security and drones In: Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance, Springer, New York, United States

Warren, A. (2017). Globalization and the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime In: Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance, Springer, New York, USA

Warren, A.,Grenfell, D. (2017). Introduction: Rethinking the evolution, the limits of sovereignty, the ethics, the politics, and humanitarian engagement of interventions in the 21st century In: Rethinking Humanitarian Intervention in the 21st Century, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Warren, A. (2017). Regulating the abstraction of violence: Interventions and the deployment of new technologies globally In: Rethinking Humanitarian Intervention in the 21st Century, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Journal Articles

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

Siracusa, J.,Nguyen, H. (2017). Vietnam-U.S. Relations: An Unparalleled History In: Orbis, 61, 404 – 422

Stratton, G.,Powell, A.,Cameron, R. (2017). Crime and justice in digital society: towards a ‘digital criminology’? In: International Journal of Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 6, 17 – 33

Warren, A.,Hillas, A. (2017). Lethal autonomous weapons systems: Adapting to the future of unmanned warfare and unaccountable robots In: Yale Journal of International Affairs, 12, 71 – 85

 

2016

Books

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

Book Chapters

Burns, R.,Siracusa, J. (2016). Regional nuclear states: Israel, Iran, and Pakistan In: Security Issues in the Greater Middle East, Praeger, Santa Barbara, California, United States

Hunt, C. (2016). Cote d’Ivoire In: The Oxford Handbook of the Responsibility to Protect, Oxford University Press, Oxford

Siracusa, J. (2016). Globalization and war In: Global Encyclopedia of Pubic 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

Journal Articles

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

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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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

Researchers

Dr Charles T Hunt

Dr Charles T Hunt

Vice-Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow

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Associate Professor Anne Brown

Associate Professor Anne Brown

Principal Research Fellow

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Dr Vandra Harris

Dr Vandra Harris

Senior Lecturer

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Dr Aiden Warren

Dr Aiden Warren

Senior Lecturer

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Dr Robin Cameron

Dr Robin Cameron

Lecturer

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Dr Rajesh Sharma

Dr Rajesh Sharma

Senior Lecturer

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Higher Degree Research Students

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Events

Ethics in a Crowded World

The 25th annual Conference of the Australian Association for Professional and Applied Ethics will be hosted by the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, at RMIT University, Melbourne. AAPAE’s mission is to foster awareness of applied ethics as a significant area of concern in organizations and society. It serves as a meeting point for […]

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News & Blog

Media, Politics and Multiculturalism in Victoria

Far-right, anti-Muslim groups with a vision for “heroic and salvational masculine violence” a threat to social cohesion in Victoria.

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The Unintended Consequences of the Use of Force by UN Peacekeepers

A recently published book chapter by Dr Charles T Hunt, in 'The Use of Force in UN Peacekeeping', Global Institutions Series (Abingdon: Routledge)

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Protecting Peacekeepers Requires Better Politics, Not More Force

Blog piece by Dr Charles T Hunt published in Global Observatory

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