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Non-state Actors in International Security Governance



‘Governance’ is everywhere, even in (post-)conflict zones. Starting from the questions what security governance is and how different non-state actors came to play a role therein, this seminar specifically explores the role and standing of non-state actors in the realm of international security – a realm still seen as dominated by the state. Addressing a variety of non-state actors (incl. multi-national companies, private military and security contractors, civil society organisations and NGOs) the central aim is to study and comprehend the relations between these actors and the state and how ‘governance’ shapes and changes international power constellations and political outcomes in international security. This includes how security is understood as well as how it is practiced and implemented.

Course objectives

Objective 1: Students have a clear understanding of the changing nature of international security and the role and standing of non-state actors therein.
Objective 2: Students are able to apply the newly gained insights to contemporary questions and challenges in world politics.

Mode of instruction

Interactive seminars build around specific ‘session questions’, input by the lecturer and short case studies presented by the students.

Assessment method

Student assessments will be based on in-class participation, their presentation of a case study and two essays.

Reading list

Readings will be a mixture of book chapters and journal articles. A syllabus with the reading list will be made available through blackboard in time.


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