The origins and purpose of warfare dominates the agendas of governments as well as featuring prominently in the academic study of international politics. While state-based institutions such as the United Nations were built to prevent large-scale conflict between states, this traditional model of governance is increasingly at odds with the changing nature of warfare. 

Contemporary conflicts - from Iraq to Libya, Darfur to Afghanistan, Mexico to Palestine - largely involve different actors (beyond the state), are frequently driven by different considerations (beyond the national interest), and take different forms (beyond organised violence). 
This panel brings together leading scholars on international security who will present different aspects of 'the phenomenon of new wars' and the political and conceptual challenges that need to be overcome if academics and policy-makers are to prevent, or effectively respond to, the problem of large-scale violence in our globalised world. |


 Professor Tim Dunne
Tim Dunne is Professor of International Relations and Director of Research of the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect at The University of Queensland. His latest book, co-authored with Ken Booth, is Terror in Our Time (Routledge, 2012). New editions of two Oxford University Press edited books will be published in 2012, International Relations Theories (3rd edition), and Foreign Policy: Theories, Actors, Issues (2nd edition). Tim is a regular contributor to national and international media in relation to humanitarianism.

Dr Andrew Phillips
Andrew Phillips (PhD, Cornell) is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Strategy in the School of Political Science and International Studies at The University of Queensland. His research focuses on the modern world order’s evolution from 1500 to the present, and on the challenges that religiously motivated terrorism, the spread of Weapons of Mass Destruction, and state failure currently pose to international security. He is the author of War, Religion and Empire: The Transformation of International Orders (Cambridge University Press, 2011), and has published articles in European Journal of International Relations, Review of International Studies, Australian Journal of International Affairs, National Identities, and Security Challenges. Prior to his post-graduate studies, Phillips worked for the Commonwealth Government in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. He has most recently been invited by the Senate’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee to discuss his research before a hearing into Australia’s evolving security interests in the Indian Ocean region. 

Dr Sebastian Kaempf
Dr Sebastian Kaempf is Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies at the School of Political Science and International Studies at The University of Queensland. He is also a Research Associate of the US Studies Centre at The University of Sydney. He received his PhD (‘Wresting under Conditions of Asymmetry: Contemporary US Warfare and the Trade-off between Casualty-Aversion and Civilian Protection’) at the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University (UK) in 2007. From September 2004 to January 2005 he was a visiting fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University (US). He holds a BSc and MSc (Econ) in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Sebastian’s general research interests include the relationship between ethics and the laws of war, critical security studies, American warfare, asymmetric conflicts, (the regionalisation of) peacekeeping, and the impact of new media technology on contemporary security.

Associate Professor Kath Gelber (Moderator)
Kath Gelber is Associate Professor of Public Policy in the School of Political Science and International Studies at The University of Queensland. Her research interest is in human rights, with a particular emphasis on freedom of speech and the regulation of hate speech. She has published extensively on these themes, and is the author of Speaking Back: The Free Speech versus Hate Speech Debate (John Benjamins , 2002), Powerscape: Contemporary Australian Politics (with Vromen and Gauja, Allen and Unwin 2009), and most recently Speech Matters: How to Get Free Speech Right (UQ Press, 2011). The latter was a finalist in the Literature (Non-Fiction) category of the Australian Human Rights Awards. Kath is the Immediate Past President of the Australian Political Studies Association, and is currently an Australian Research Council Future Fellow, working on a project on ‘freedom of speech in the post 9/11 era’.

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