Time: 9:30am - 2:00pm
Venue: The Colette Bowe Room, Queens' Building, Queen Mary's Mile End campus
Centre for the Study of Global Security and Development, Queen Mary, University of London
Since the Cold War, ‘non-traditional’ security threats have increasingly occupied policymakers, scholars and the public. These challenges - which include terrorism, environmental degradation and transnational crime - typically traverse state boundaries, leading many to claim that traditional, state-based governance is no longer adequate and to promote new forms of transnational security governance. However, the governance of non-traditional security varies considerably across time, space and issue area. This workshop explores specifically how political economy relations shape the politics and governance of new security threats.
Governments often highlight the growing vulnerability of societies, fostered by the intensification of economic flows across borders, to problems such as terrorism, crime and climate change, referring to such challenges as the ‘dark side of globalisation’. Furthermore, identifying an issue as a security threat and seeking to rescale its governance naturally touches – directly or indirectly – on the interests of particular industries. Seeking to interdict transnational terrorist financing affects banking and financial institutions; containing the spread of animal-to-human diseases affects agricultural interests; tackling pollution threatens the operations of polluting industries. Correspondingly, business interests frequently shape the political processes by which new forms of security governance emerge and their efficacy. The political economy context is also likely to shape the position and power of other actors involved in these processes.
Despite these apparent links, here has been surprisingly little systematic exploration of the political economy of security governance. Therefore, key questions to be addressed in the workshop include:
A limited number of spaces are available for non-presenters to attend and contribute to the discussion. Please email Helen Blockley to register your interest. Refreshments and lunch will be provided both days. The workshop will be held at Queen Mary's Mile End campus. The full agenda is below.