Conflict & Security

Conflict & Security is one of the four central research domains that UGlobe explores within the overarching theme of global challenges and the contested global order.

Professor Beatrice de Graaf on UGlobe and bringing different perspectives together

Security is one of the main driving forces behind the emergence of nation states – as well as a core ordering principles informing the system of international relations and instutions. Conflict and cooperation are the two poles dictating the course of convergence or divergence of regimes of governance in history. Within the Centre for Global Challenges, we aim to investigate how institutions in the field of security emerge, and how they may also disintegrate again. Issues of collective violence, war and (in)security are studied from a range of theoretical vocabularies and methodologies.

Our researchers draw from the fields of (International) Law, History, International Relations and Conflict Studies and use methods such as archival research, field work and oral history. The Centre’s approach to Conflict and Security is to synergise legal, historical, theoretical, socio-cultural, and policy perspectives, with ample space for monodisciplinary studies in between. We aim to understand and explain global issues and processes with a particular focus on the way governing practices of conflict and security intersect with particular threat perceptions, knowledge practices and histories of intervention.

Main research questions for the coming years pivot around questions of securitization, in/exclusion, conflict mediation, political economy and root causes of conflict, war and terrorism. (Historical) trajectories of violence and the prevention of violence are studied, as well as their economic consequences, their constitutive role of identity and religion in conflict/security, as well as  legitimacy and law involved in countering the threats to (open) societies.

Within this pillar, we will explicitly draw on the route of Conflict & Cooperation, as well as the route of Resilience (Veerkracht) of the Dutch National Research Agenda.

The Centre for Global Challenges is a success if we can manage to bring different perspectives together, if we can help identify and solve those problems that arise from today’s new chaos
Prof. dr. Beatrice de Graaf.  Foto Ed van Rijswijk