Our research is focused around three broad themes: conflict, peace and security; the evolving character of global and supra-national institutions; and the interpenetration of civil societies and international relations. In addition we have major strengths in area studies which help to ground our research into these broad thematic areas. Some of this activity is carried out under the umbrella of our various research centres, some within other collaborative contexts both within and outside the university, and some by individual researchers.

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  • Indiscriminate violence against civilians : an inquiry into the nature and the effects of group-selective violence 

    Brandsch, Jürgen (2018-06-26) - Thesis
    Indiscriminate violence against civilians is a recurrent problem in armed conflicts of all sorts. However, from a social science perspective this type of violence poses a puzzle. The literature on government and non-government ...
  • Rules, power and constitutions : following Onuf 

    Lang, Anthony (Routledge, 2017-05-23) - Book item
    This chapter explores the role of power in the theory of global constitutionalism. It draws on the work of Nicholas Onuf, whose launched constructivist IR theory. It borrows from Onuf the idea of rules and rule making, but ...
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    Nisic, Tatjana (University of St Andrews, 2016-03-02) - Thesis
  • Irregular auxiliaries after 1945 

    Scheipers, Sibylle (2017) - Journal article
    Collaboration with native auxiliaries in wars in the peripheries of the international system is an age-old practice, the relevance of which is likely to increase in the twenty-first century. Yet, the parameters of such ...
  • Explaining military, law enforcement and intelligence cooperation between Western states 

    Lewis, Olivier Rémy Tristan David (University of St Andrews, 2018-12) - Thesis
    This thesis answers the question “Why does security cooperation occur between Western states?”. The basic answer is: “Because most state actors do not want their states to integrate”. In other words, cooperation occurs as ...

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