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Conflict, Security & Development Research Group

About us

The Conflict, Security and Development Research Group (CSDRG) is based within the Department of War Studies, the largest and most successful European university group of scholars focused on research relating to all aspects of war, peace, security and international relations past, present and future.

CSDRG undertakes a wide range of research, policy, advisory, teaching and training activities related to conflict, security and development, enabling it to serve as a true bridge between academic scholarship and real world decision-making in these fields. See our current and completed projects.

We also teach a world-leading Conflict, Security and Development MA programme and publish the Conflict, Security and Development journal.

The CSDRG is led by Professor Mats Berdal of the Department of War Studies 

Mission Statement

To undertake, supervise and support empirically informed and policy relevant research, as well as conceptual and theoretical work, into the linkages between conflict, security and development in international relations.

To foster a deeper understanding of the impact of violent conflict and war on development and, conversely, how different states of development influence the nature and character of contemporary armed conflict.


CSDRG was formed in 2005. Its former sister unit, the Conflict, Security and Development Group (CSDG), was established in 1999 as an autonomous research, policy and training group. It maintained close partnerships with various UK government departments including DFID and the Stabilisation Unit, the United Nations, and a host of other inter-governmental, national, and non-governmental bodies, particularly in Africa. The CSDG has closed down as a physical unit but key staff continue their work at King’s through the African Leadership Centre (ALC) and the Journal of Conflict, Security & Development. A legacy website provides access to the extensive range of academic publications and policy reports produced by CSDG:


Kofi Annan speaking at CSDRG in 2014. 




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