Legitimacy and Citizenship in the Arab World

LSE Policy research project

Professor Mary Kaldor


Director of the Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit

Mary Kaldor is a Professor of Global Governance and Director of the Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit in the LSE Department of International Development. Professor Kaldor also directs the unit’s largest research project, the Conflict Research Programme (CRP), an international DFID-funded partnership investigating public authority, through a theoretical lens of the political marketplace and the concept of civicness, across a range of countries in Africa and the Middle East.

Professor Kaldor is highly regarded for her innovative work on democratisation, conflict, and globalisation. She was a founding member of European Nuclear Disarmament (END), a founder and Co-Chair of the Helsinki Citizen’s Assembly and a member of the International Independent Commission to investigate the Kosovo Crisis, established by the Swedish Prime Minister.

Professor Kaldor pioneered the concept of new wars and global civil society and her work on the practical implementation of human security has directly influenced European and national politics. Her books include: The Baroque Arsenal, New and Old Wars: Organised Violence in a Global Era, Global Civil Society: An Answer to War and Human Security: Reflections on Globalization and Intervention. She is also the editor and co-author of the annual Global Civil Society Yearbook. Her most recent book International Law and New Wars, co-authored with Professor Christine Chinkin, was published in May 2017. At the request of Javier Solana, she was Convener for the Study Group on European Security Capabilities, which produced the influential Barcelona report, ‘A Human Security Doctrine for Europe’.

Professor Kaldor has been awarded Honorary Professorships at the University of Sussex and Corvinus University, Budapest, and holds the 2015 Ludvig Quidde Award for academic achievement in the field of peace. 

In 2003, Professor Kaldor’s work was recognised with the receipt of Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for ‘services to democracy and global governance’.

Contact Details:

Office: +44 (0)20 7955 6419

Email: m.h.kaldor@lse.ac.uk


Key Publications:


  • Global Security Cultures. Polity, Cambridge, 2018.
  • International Law and New Wars, (co-written with Professor Christine Chinkin), Cambridge University Press, 2017.
  • New and Old Wars: Organised Violence in a Global Era (third edition), Polity Press, Cambridge, 2012.
  • The Ultimate Weapon Is No Weapon – Human Security And The New Rules Of War And Peace, co-author, Public Affairs, New York, 2010.
  • Human Security: Essays on Globalisation and Intervention, Polity Press, Cambridge, September 2007.
  • New and Old Wars: Organised Violence in a Global Era (second edition), Polity Press, Cambridge, 2006.
  • Global Civil Society: An Answer to War, Polity Press, Cambridge, 2003.
  • New and Old Wars: Organised Violence in a Global Era, Polity Press/Stanford University Press, 1999 (translated into eleven languages). 
  • The Imaginary War:  Understanding the East-West Conflict, Basil Blackwell, 1990 (also published in German). 
  • Más Allá de Los Bloques, Editions Fontamara, Madrid, 1986 (collection of essays). 
  • The Baroque Arsenal, André Deutsch and Fontana, London, and Hill and Wang, New York, 1981 (also published in German and Japanese).
  • A Short Research Guide to Arms and Armed Forces, Croom Helm, London, 1978 (co-author).
  • The Disintegrating West, Allen Lane/Penguin Books, London, and Hill and Wang, New York, 1978, (also published in Spanish).
  • The Arms Trade with the Third World, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Almqvist and Wicksell, Stockholm, and Humanities Press, New York, 1971 (principal co-author). 

Edited Books:

  • Cities at war: global insecurity and urban resistance, (co-edited), Columbia University Press, 2020
  • EU global strategy and human security: rethinking approaches to conflict (co-edited) Routledge Studies in Human Security. Routledge, London, UK, 2018
  • Subterranean Politics in Europe, (co-edited), Palgrave Macmillan, 2015 (ebook)
  • The Handbook of Global Security Policy (co-edited), Wiley Blackwell, 2014
  • The Quest for Security: Protection without Protectionism and the Challenge of Global Governance. Co-author and Co-editor, Columbia University Press, 2013
  • National, European and Human Security: From co-existence to convergence, Mary Kaldor, Mary Martin and Narcis Serra, Routledge Studies in Human Security, 2012
  • Arguing about the World: The work and Legacy of Meghnad Desai (co-editor). Bloomsbury Academic, 2011
  • The European Union and Human Security: External interventions and missions, Mary Martin and Mary Kaldor (eds.), Routledge, 2010
  • Oil Wars, co-editor, Pluto, 2007
  • A Human Security Doctrine for Europe: Project, principles, practicalities, (co-editor and contributor), Routledge, 2006
  • Global Civil Society Yearbook (A annual publication; OUP 2001- 2003; Sage 2004-2009; Palgrave 2011-20012), co-author, co-editor
  • Global Insecurity: Volume III of Restructuring the Global Military Sector Cassell/Pinter 2000
  • Democratization in Central and Eastern Europe, (co-editor and contibutor), Pinter, 1999
  • Restructuring the Global Military Sector ‑ Volume I: New Wars; Volume II: The End of Military Fordism, (co-editor and contributor), Cassell/Pinter Publishers, 1998
  • The European Rupture: The Defence Sector in Transition, (co-editor and contributor), WIDER, Edward Elgar, 1997
  • Citizenship and Democratic Control in Europe, (co-editor and contributor), Edward Elgar, 1996
  • Europe from Below, Verso, 1991
  • The New Détente:  Rethinking East-West Relations, (co-editor and contributor), Verso, 1989
  • Dealignment:  A New Foreign Policy Prespective, (co-editor and contributor), Basil Blackwell, 1987
  • Disarming Europe, (co-editor and contributor), Merlin Press, 1982
  • The World Military Order:  The Impact of Military Technology on the Third World, (co-editor and contributor), reprinted 1981, Macmillan, London 1979

Journal Articles:

  • Gender and new wars (co-written with Punam Yadav and Christine Chinkin). Stability, 9 (1), 2020
  • The Resurgence of Singular Identities: Possible Explanations’, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 20(2), 2019
  • The logics of public authority: understanding power, politics and security in Afghanistan (co-written with Marika Theros), 2002–2014. Stability: International Journal of Security and Development, 7 (1), 2018
  • Cycles in world politics, International Studies Review, 20(2), 2018
  • How Peace Agreements Undermine the Rule of Law in New War Settings, Global Policy, 7(9), 2016
  • Special Issue: Law, Justice and the Security Gap: an introduction, (co-authored with Christine Chinkin, Iavor Rangelov and Sharon Weill), Journal of Conflict and Security Law, 2015
  • From Military to ‘Security Interventions’: An Alternative Approach to Contemporary Interventions (co-authored with Dr Sabine Selchow). Stability: International Journal of Security & Development, 4(1): 32, pp. 1–12, 2015
  • Missing the Point on Hard and Soft Power? The Political Quarterly, 2014, Vol.85(3), pp.373-377 
  • Gender and New Wars, (co-authored), Journal of International Affairs, Vol.67, No.1, fall/winter 2013
  • ‘Identity and War’, Global Policy, Volume 4, Issue 4, November 2013
  • ‘Comment on security cosmopolitanism’ Critical Studies on Security, volume 1, issue 1, 14 June 2013
  • ‘The Bubbling-Up of Subterranean Politics in Europe’ (co-authored) Journal for Civil Society, Volume 9, Issue 1, 2013
  • ‘In Defence of New Wars’ Stability Journal, Vol 2, No 1, 7 March 2013
  • ‘La UE como Nuevo tipo de autoridad política: el ejemplo de la politica de seguridad’, Revista CIDOB d’Afers Internacionals, December 2012
  • “The EU as a new form of political authority: The example of CSDP”, Global Policy, 2012, 3:79-86
  • ‘Persistent conflict’, co-author.  Conflict, security & development, 12 (3). pp. 193-199
  • ‘Human Security’, society and Economy in Central and Eastern Europe – journal of the Cornivus University of Budapest, 33 (2011) 3, pp.441-448
  • ‘Stability, War and Human Security in the 21st Century: Addendum to Desai’, Global Policy, Volume 2, Issue 2, May 2011, p.229-230
  • ‘Human Security in Complex Operations, PRISM, Vol.2, No.2 March 2011
  • ‘Inconclusive Wars: Is Clausewitz still relevant in these global times?’, Global Policy, Volume 1, Issue 3, October 2010, p.271-281
  • ‘New Thinking in the Pentagon’, Peace Magazine, January-March 2009, p. 20-24
  • ‘Informe: la seguridad humana en Palestina’ with Mient Jan Faber, in Papeles de Cuestiones Internacionales, no.98, 2007
  • ‘L’idée de société civile mondiale’ in Recherches sociologiques et anthropologiques vol. xxxviii, numero 1, 2007-10-23
  • ‘Faz a lei e não a Guerra: o aparecimento da sociedade civil global’, in Guerra e Paz No Século XXI, Castells, M. and Serra, N., Fim de Século, 2007
  • ‘Human Security: a new strategic narrative for Europe’, with Martin, M and Selchow, S, in International Affairs, vol.83, no. 2, March 2007
  • ‘Un Nuevo enfoque sobre las guerras’, in Papeles de Cuestiones Internacionales, no.94, 2006
  • ‘Military Force and European Strategy’, with Salmon, A, in Survival, vol. 48, no.1, 2006, pp.19-34
  • ‘La sécurité humaine: un concept pertinent?’, Politique Étrangè, 4:2006, November 2006, pp.901-914
  • ‘London Leeft Door’, in IK: Vredeskrant 2005, 2005, p.4
  • ‘Old Wars, Cold Wars, New Wars, and the War on Terror’, in International Politics, vol.42, 2005, pp.491-498
  • ‘We have to think about the security of individuals rather than the protection of borders’, in Boston Review, vol.30, no.1, 2005, pp.21-22
  • ‘Menselijke veiligheid als doctrine voor het gemeenschappelijk buitenlands en veiligheidsbeleid van de Europese Unie’, with Glasius, M, in Vrede en Veiligheid, vol.34, no.2, 2005
  • ‘Nationalism and Globalisation’ Nations and Nationalism Volume 10, Part 1, April 2004 
  • ‘ The Idea of Global Civil Society’ International Affairs, Volume 79, Number 3, May 2003, pp 583-593
  • ‘Civil Society and Accountability’ Journal of Human Development, Vol. 4, No 1 , 2003
  • ‘American Power: From Compellance to Cosmopolitanism’ International Affairs, Vol. 79, Number 1, January 2003, pp1-22
  • ‘Global Transformations and New Conflicts’, (co-author), Structural Conflict in the New Global Disorder: Insecurity and Development, IDS Bulletin, Volume 32, No. 2, April 2001
  • ‘Civilising’ Globalisation? The Implications of the ‘Battle in Seattle’, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 2000, Vol.29, No.1, pp.105-114
  • ‘Europe at the Millennium’ Politics, Volume 20, Number 2, May 2000. Pp 55-62
  • “The Ideas of ’89: The Origins of the Concept of Global Civil Society”, Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, Volume 9, Number 2, Fall 1999.
  • “Reconstruction in the Balkans: A Challenge for Europe?” with Vesna Bojicic and Ivan Vejvoda in European Foreign Affairs Review Autumn 1997, Vol 2, Issue 3, pp 329 –350
  • “Democratisation in Central and Eastern Europe” with Ivan Vejvoda in International Affairs, January 1997, vol.73.1, pp 59-82
  • “A Cosmopolitan Response to New Wars” Peace Review 8.4 Dec 1996, pp 505-514
  • “The Changing Global Military Paradigm” WIDER Angle, August 1996
  • “Who Killed the Cold War?” Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Vol.51, No.4, July/Aug 1995, pp57-61
  • “The New Nationalism in Europe” Peace Review 5:2 1993, pp 247-262
  • “The Wars in Yugoslavia” New Left Review 197 January-February 1993, pp 96 -112, also published in French in Liber, Annexe d’Archives de Recherches en Sciences Sociales and in Hungarian in the Budapest Review of Books
  • “Eastern Europe: Towards a Peacetime Economy ?” SAIS Review Winter/Spring 1992, pp 11-26
  • “Eastern Europe: Aspirations and Reality”, Science and Public Policy, December 1991, pp 369-373
  • “After the Cold War” Feminist Review, No. 39 Winter 1991, pp 109-114
  • “Conversion and the Global Economy” Disarmament: Topical Papers 5, UN, New York 1991 
  • “Avoiding a New Division of Europe” World Policy Journal Winter 1990-91 (also published in Vandkunsten, Danish peace research journal) pp181-193
  • “After the Cold War”, New Left Review 180, March/April 1990, pp 25-40
  • “Technologie Militaire et Dynamisme Économique”, La Recherche, October 1988, pp 1270-1277
  • “Europe after INF”, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, March 1988
  • “Industrial Competitiveness and Britain’s Defence”, Lloyds Bank Review, October 1986 (co-author) pp 31-49
  • “The Weapons Succession Process”, World Politics, July 1986, pp577-595
  • “The Global Political Economy”, Alternatives, Vol XI, 1986, pp 431-460
  • “An Alternative Security Concept for Europe”, Bulletin of Peace Proposals, Vol 6, No 4, 1985
  • “Disengaging Europe from the Superpowers” Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, 40th Anniversary Issue, August 1985, pp140-143
  • “The Non-Nuclear Alternative”, Catalyst, Vol 1, No 2, Summer 1985, pp 49-63
  • “Europe after Cruise and Pershing II”, Millenium Journal of International Studies, Vol 13, No 1, Spring 1984 pp 73- 81
  • “Beyond the Blocs:  Defending Europe the Political Way”, World Policy Journal, Vol 1, No 1, Fall 1983, pp1-21
  • “Military R&D: Cause or Consequence of the Arnms Race?” International Social Science Journal Vol XXXV, No 1, 1983, pp 25-45
  • “Nuclear Weapons and the Atlantic Alliance” Democracy Vol. 2, No.1, January 1982, pp 9-23
  • “The Significance of Military Technology”, Bulletin of Peace Proposals, Vol 8, No 2, 1977, pp121-123
  • “Military Technology and Social Structure”, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Vol. 33, No.6, June 1977, pp 49-53
  • “The Armaments Sector” IDS Bulletin Vol. 9, No. 2, December 1977, pp 35-38
  • “General and Complete Disarmament: A Systems-analysis Approach” (with R.Curnow and others) Futures October 1976, pp 384-396
  • “The Military and Development”, World Development,Vol.4, No.6, June 1976, pp 459-482
  • “Forschungsführer Militär und Rustungsindustrie” (with Julian Perry-Robinson and others), Technologie und Politik, 4, 1976.

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