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The Political Life of Mary Kaldor: Ideas and Action in International Relations

Melinda Rankin
The Political Life of Mary Kaldor: Ideas and Action in International Relations
ISBN: 978-1-62637-593-2
$75.00
ISBN: 978-1-62637-623-6
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2017/261 pages/LC: 2016041281

DESCRIPTION

Although more than a little controversial, Mary Kaldor's academic work and ideas have both stimulated and influenced debate in the Pentagon, the United Nations, the European Union, NATO, and beyond. How did this come about? And how did Kaldor reach the conclusions outlined in her seminal books?

Melinda Rankin traces the evolution of Kaldor's work, revealing how her thinking developed from her years as an anti–Cold War activist and scholar in the 1970s 1980s, through her direct experiences of war in the Balkans and Caucasus, to her present support for rights-based international law enforcement to defend civilians from state and quasi-state violence.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Melinda Rankin is lecturer in international security and an associate of the Centre for International Security Studies at the University of Sydney.

CONTENTS

  • The Politics of Mary Kaldor.
  • Militarism and the State.
  • European Nuclear Disarmament.
  • Linking Peace and Human Rights.
  • Politics from Below.
  • Independent Civil Society.
  • Dealignment, Helsinki Citizens' Assembly, and Moscow.
  • The Problem of Intervention to Stop War.
  • The Politics of Violence.
  • Safe Havens and Protectorates.
  • New Wars.
  • Rethinking Intervention.
  • Human Security.
  • The Future of Security?