Security Interventions and the Changing Character of War

Workshop Series Debating Transnational Governance


Simone Tholens
Tahani Mustafa
Ursula Schroeder
Kalilou Sidibé
Francesco Strazzari
Bara'a Shiban
Aditi Gupta
Cedric de Koning
Emily Knowles

Co-organized by

  • Daniela Musina
    Scuola Normale Superiore
  • Delina Goxho
    Scuola Normale Superiore

Overview of the session

For this third rendez-vous of the workshop series in transnational governance we engage in a discussion on transnational security governance and security operations in the ‘post-interventionist’ era. Security assistance and operations represent nowadays the main form of engagement by external actors in post-conflict /post-authoritarian contexts or areas of limited statehood. While the idea that security assistance would respond merely to strategic objectives is now considered not exhaustive, intervention landscapes undeniably remain complex sites of cooperation, adaptation or contestation, where international and local actors interact to produce new security governance architectures and contribute to shaping the political trajectories of societies involved. The changed character of security governance and intervention goes hand in hand with the changing character of war, whereby interventions are increasingly abandoning their normative agenda in favour of a more technical and standardised approach carried out through airpower, through ‘light footprint’ operations and wide coalitions. Comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives are more and more needed to gain a comprehensive and critical understanding of the theory and practice of security governance. 


15:00 – 15:10: Introductory remarks First panel: The evolving character of international interventions: new research paths
15:10 – 15:25 Simone Tholens, Cardiff University and European University Institute
15:25 – 15:40 Tahani Mustafa, London School of Economics and International Crisis Group
15:40 – 15:55 Ursula Schroeder, University of Hamburg
15:55 – 16:10 Kalilou Sidibé, University of Bamako Second panel: The evolving character of international interventions: new practice paths
16:10 – 16:25 Francesco Strazzari, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies
16:25 – 16:40 Bara'a Shiban, Reprieve
16:40 – 16:55 Aditi Gupta, APPG Drones
16:55 – 17:10 Cedric de Koning, NUPI Oslo Discussant
17:10 – 17:25 Emily Knowles, Independent civilian-military adviser
17:25 – 17:45 Q&A session  

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