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3rd Edition

Conflict, Security and Development
An Introduction

ISBN 9781138578579
Published June 4, 2018 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

This textbook draws on academic theory, field research and policy developments to provide an overview of the connections between security and development, before, during and after conflict. This third edition is revised and updated to take account of changes that have occurred in both policy and academic arenas which are relevant to students and practitioners in this area. In addition, there is a new chapter on memory and memorialisation after conflict.

In an interdependent world, it is often argued that the challenges of underdevelopment and insecurity have global implications. This textbook charts an accessible course through these complex debates, providing a comprehensive introduction for those encountering these issues for the first time. The main aims of the revised edition are:

  • to set out how thinking on conflict, security and development has changed over time and continues to evolve;

  • to explore the consequences of these changes, particularly for the theory and practice of development and security promotion;

  • to introduce a range of case studies from across the globe, in order to explore the implications of a combined approach to security and development.

The authors are experienced in both the theory and the practice of this field, and illustrate the links between conflict, security and development with practical examples, drawing on key case studies from the past twenty years. Each chapter is informed by student pedagogy, and the book will be essential reading for all students of development studies, war and conflict studies, and human security, and is recommended for students of international security and international relations in general.

Table of Contents


1 Are Security and Development Mutually Reinforcing?

2 What Does Conflict Look Like in the Developing World?

3 How Do People Analyse Conflict?

4 Refugees and Internal Displacement

5 Conflict and the Role of Development Actors

6 International Intervention and Peacekeeping

7 Post-War Economic Development

8 Privatisation of Security

9 Security after Conflict

10 Justice after Conflict

11 Memory and Reconciliation

11 Future Directions

12 Conclusions

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Paul Jackson is Professor of African Politics at the University of Birmingham, UK, and also Research Fellow at the Centre for African Studies, University of the Free State, South Africa.

Danielle Beswick is Senior Lecturer in the International Development Department at the University of Birmingham, UK.


Praise for earlier editions:

'Conflict, Security and Development is the most accessible introductory textbook available on the relationship between security and development, before, during and after conflict. Drawing on key academic debates, field research and policy-relevant developments since the 1990s, Beswick and Jackson provide a detailed and student-friendly overview of the significant ideas and events shaping today's debate.' -- Alice Hills, Durham University, UK

'Jackson and Beswick provide an essential primer on the complex issues that lie at the intersection of security and development. Wide-ranging and clearly-written, the authors deftly weave both theory and practice, and challenge us all to think more critically and more carefully about the consequences of international intervention.' -- Timothy Donais, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

'This updated and developed edition of Beswick and Jackson's book provides an excellent textbook to guide students, and other concerned readers, through the complex nexus of conflict, security and development issues and policies. Lively, accessible and organised, it combines clear academic analysis with insights from experience.' -- Owen Greene, University of Bradford, UK