International Studies, Conflict and Security

International Studies, Conflict and Security (ISCAS) covers political theory and philosophy, area studies, international policy studies, international relations, security and war studies.   It currently covers the work in this area of the following staff: David-Bewley Taylor, Mark Bevir, Gerard Clarke, Alan Collins, Luca Trenta, Mark Evans, Steve McVeigh, Krijn Peters, and Mike Sheehan. 

ISCAS focuses its expertise to make major contributions to research debates in two principal areas of research:

1) social science approaches to international policy and area studies 

2) the philosophical and critical study of war, security and conflict

Research is concerned with normative theoretical debates, for example in just war and the ethics of space warfare.  It develops theoretical approaches to research on international policy regimes, security and war studies applied to both comparative and single country and issue studies.  In conducting new research ISCAS addresses the AHRC priority to develop language-based area studies and the ESRC priority for innovative research on security, conflict and justice. At its inter-disciplinary boundaries, work in these areas embraces research in international development studies, international policy studies and substance misuse, international studies and law, gender studies, and childhood studies, and war and cultural studies.    

ISCAS research includes an inter-disciplinary RIAH civil wars network (with David Anderson also in PCS) which will develop research in the under-developed field of comparative civil wars.