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King’s College London’s School of Social Science & Public Policy has a longstanding commitment to influential scholarship rooted in current policies. We have close and productive links with key national and international agencies and business communities. 

It is within this school that the college’s prestigious and world-renowned Department of War Studies is located.

The department encourages students to navigate the complexities of ongoing conflict by using a people-centred approach to global security. We address and examine the underlying issues of conflict and work to cultivate peace. 

Sir Michael Howard, founder of the department said: “International politics is […] not simply relations between states; it’s relations between cultures. Different states will have different ways of regarding problems. The best way you can understand them is to understand their history.” 

The Department of War Studies is now the largest centre of its kind in Europe. We focus on research relating to all aspects of war, peace, security and international relations. Our research culture is interdisciplinary and addresses diverse themes, including: 

  • new security uncertainties and risks 
  • the changing nature of war and conflict 
  • the ethics of armed conflict. 
We also house the research group European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS), which provides a platform for academic research and discussion around how our use of energy and resources affects international relations. 

The group looks at the important challenges of global energy consumption. For example, economic competition over energy resources, raw materials and water is intensifying, and an increasing number of problems must be solved within national and international political frameworks.

The department’s academics are much in demand for their knowledge and understanding of global conflicts. For instance, our staff:

  • advise governments worldwide
  • serve on commissions and public bodies
  • are seconded to national and international organisations 
  • work with the public and voluntary sectors as well as industry
  • appear on television and radio
  • write for newspapers and blogs

Through these channels, the expertise within the department is transferred to the wider, global community. 

The Department of War Studies at King’s is well respected around the world. Please help us continue our important research into understanding conflict, so we can formulate lasting strategies to broker peace.

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Further reading

Is the European Union just a fading collection of stars?
How can we encourage peace in the Middle East?
How do you develop a deeper understanding of other cultures?

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