Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Global Insecurities: Insurgency, Development and World Order: Ten Years On

05 September 2011 - 06 September 2011 | Seminar

Maurice Keyworth Building, Leeds University Business School

The conference aims to facilitate interaction between scholars from a variety of disciplines in order to question the changing nature of global insecurities.

Many scholars of International Politics hold that the response of myriad actors to 9/11 has revolutionised the post Cold War international environment. The 10th anniversary of these events provides us with an opportunity to reflect upon the morphogenesis of world order and the legacy of a changing international environment. To this end we encourage paper and panel proposals from researchers at any stage of their careers.

The Keynote Address will be delivered by Mark Duffield, Professor of Development Politics at the University of Bristol and author of: Global Governance and the New Wars: The Merging of Development and Security (2001) and Development, Security and Unending War: Governing the World of Peoples (2007). We also feature contributions from the following: Dr Brad Evans, and Michael Dillon, Distinguished Professor of Politics, Sehir University, Istanbul.

The Plenary Lecture will be given by Dr Benjamin R. Barber, via video link from New York. Dr Barber is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at D?mos, president of the international NGO CivWorld at D?mos and the Interdependence Movement. He is Walt Whitman Professor of Political Science Emeritus, Rutgers University.

In addition, we are delighted to be screening ‘Ten Years of Terror’, part of the Histories of Violence programme, which is dedicated to exploring the theoretical, empirical and aesthetic dimensions to violence.

We welcome papers from the disciplines of International Relations, Human Rights, Politics, Security Studies, International Development, Sociology, Law, History, and related fields, with a focus upon interaction within the following themes:

World Order

  • The changing roles of International Organisations
  • The evolution of UN Peacekeeping and peace enforcement missions
  • The rise of the BRICs
  • The role of the UN and EU in security and development governance
  • IR theory


  • Human Rights as a Tool for Development
  • Human Rights in the Non-western world
  • The Security-Development Nexus
  • The securitisation of Humanitarian Aid and Development
  • Statebuilding and intervention

Insurgency and Security

  • Democratisation and security
  • Human Security
  • Counterinsurgency
  • Terrorism
  • Transnational policing
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction

Proposals for papers should be sent by e-mail to, University of Leeds, at Polis-Conference@leeds.ac.uk by the deadline using the application form that is available online. We encourage panel submissions of up to four participants. Panel submissions should include a panel rationale of 250 words in addition to the above details for each paper.

A number of bursaries are available for graduate students demonstrating innovation and originality to contribute towards expenses. Please indicate on the application form if you would like to be considered for a bursary.

Deadline for proposals: Monday 30 May 2011
Deadline for full papers: 29 August 2011
Conference Fee: £40, students £30

Location Details

Maurice Keyworth Building, Leeds University Business School

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