CSD Annual Conference
CSD MA students hold an annual conference on themes broadly related to conflict, security and development.
Charlie Edwards, Director of National Security and Resilience Studies at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI), participating in a panel on drug trafficking at the CSD 2014 Conference.
CSD 2018 - Organizing the Peace: Triumphs & Tribulations
Inspired by Aristotle’s quote: “it is not enough to win a war; it is more important to organize the peace”, the 2018 CSD conference aimed to critically assess peace-making for its successes and failures, in understanding how peace can be effectively organised. 2018 marked the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday agreements, as well as the 40th anniversary of the Camp David Accords, offering an excellent opportunity to assess these agreements and explore the lessons learnt. In this light, fruitful discussions emerged on the process of making peace agreements and most importantly on how to sustain them. The last couple of decades have seen proliferation of peace agreements, yet their efficacy to maintain the peace in conflict-ridden areas has been heavily criticised. With important peace agreements implementation currently underway in South Sudan and Columbia, the conference sought to gather a number of experts to offer their insight on the process of making peace.
The conference was structured around four individual panels, introducing leading policy-makers, practitioners and academics in the field to critically analyse and discuss specific aspects with regards to important policy questions and debates surrounding peace agreement. It also offered a networking opportunity for both recruiters and students. See the full conference programme here.
CSD 2017 - Crossing Borders: Technology and Migration in an Interconnected World
The 2017 Conflict, Security and Development Conference was a joint initiative of postgraduate masters students from the Conflict, Security and Development (CSD) programme in the War Studies Department and the Institute for International Development (IDI) at King’s College London.
In assessing how the landscape of migration is evolving the conference focused in particular on how technology is used in the hands of different actors involved in the migration lifecycle; migrants themselves, migration ‘managers’ such as refugee camp directors, and policy-makers based in both the origin and destination countries of migrants. The objective of this conference was to offer an insight into the innovative ways in which technology plays a role in the migration process and in turn inspire innovative solutions to the ongoing issues that the various actors involved face.
CSD 2016 - Marginalized Communities
The 2016 Conflict, Security & Development Conference was a joint initiative of postgraduate master’s students from the Conflict, Security and Development (CSD) programme, the War Studies Department and the Institute for International Development (IDI) at King’s College London.
WATCH: Video by the 2016 conference chairs
The 2016 conference placed special emphasis on the role of marginalised communities in the evolution, continuation and determination of conflict. By highlighting the role of those demographic, ethnic and religious groups that often receive least attention, the conference aimed to contribute to a more nuanced and accurate understanding of contemporary issues in security and development as well as approaches to solve these. As conflicts are increasingly fought along a number of varying fault lines, critical engagement with the impact of marginalised communities is crucial for both national and international organisations in developing sustainable policy solutions.The Conference was structured around four individual panels, introducing leading policy-makers, practitioners and academics in the field to critically analyse and discuss specific aspects in the debate about marginalised communities. It also offered a networking opportunity for both recruiters and students. For all the details on panels and speakers, please visit the dedicated 2016 conference website.
CSD 2015 - Post-2015 Development Challenges in Conflict Zones
In 2015 the conference involved collaboration between the War Studies Department and International Development Institute at King’s College London. It focused on Post-2015 Development Challenges in Conflict Zones and took place on the evening of 12 March and the day of 13 March 2015.
Further information can be found at the dedicated conference website
Opening Session: Resetting the Clock - Moving forward from the Millennium Development Goals towards a Post-2015 Development Agenda.
Opening Keynote Address
PANEL 1. Health Under Fire: The difficulties of building health care in conflict zones
PANEL 2. The Foundation of Development: Implementing education in areas of armed conflict
PANEL 3. Blue Gold: Impending threats to water security and development
PANEL 4. A Complex Partnership: The role of the security sector in delivering humanitarian aid
Closing Keynote Address
CSD 2014 - Organised Crime in Conflict Zones
The first conference was held on 6th March 2014 on the topic of ‘Organised Crime in Conflict Zones.’ The one-day conference focused on transnational organised crime – a multi-billion pound global business and an area of growing international concern. The programme addressed the conflict-crime nexus and focused on three key areas of organised crime. These were drug trafficking, terrorist criminality and human trafficking. The conference objective was to address gaps in policy and scholarship, and to encourage research into this subject of growing relevance. For details of the organising committee please go here.
PANEL 1. The Conflict-Crime Nexus
Nigel Inkster - PODCAST
Lt. Gen. Jonathon Riley - PODCAST
PANEL 2. Drug trafficking
Axel Klein - PODCAST
Professor George Philip- PODCAST
PANEL 3. Terrorist Criminality
Antônio Sampaio - PODCAST
Tom Keatinge - PODCAST
PANEL 4. Human Trafficking
Parosha Chandran - PODCAST
Dr. Mark Shaw - PODCAST