Between Predation and Protection

Violence, Order, and the “Insecurity Trap”

Why, despite long-term and general declines in all forms of lethal violence, are some states and regions caught in an “insecurity trap”?  What are the processes and mechanisms that facilitated the emergence of pacific states in the 19th and 20th century, and where (and why) do these conditions not hold today?

The talk explored the scope and dimensions of contemporary violence and insecurity, and detailed the reasons for the persistent failure of some states to provide security and order as a public good for their citizens.

Keith Krause is Professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and Director of its Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP). He was, until 2016, the Programme Director of the Small Arms Survey, an internationally-recognised research centre NGO he founded in 2001.

In cooperation with SEFRI (Le Secrétariat d’Etat à la formation, à la recherche et à l’innovation, Suisse).