About This Blog
This blog disseminates research on the politics of governing, clearing and managing the risk of landmines, cluster munitions, unexploded ordnance and other conventional weapons. Much of the research into mine action has, understandably, tended to focus on technical issues. However, the survival of mine action programs requires an understanding of the human dimension – society, politics, economics and culture.
I started this blog during my London School of Economics PhD studying the politics of landmine clearance, funded by the British Economic and Social Research Council (with a contribution from Pro Victimis Foundation and in-kind support from Counterpart International). It drew on original fieldwork in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Sudan, as well as historical, archival and interview research in New York, Washington DC, Oslo, Geneva and London. To maintain independence, neither the research nor the blog were sponsored by major mine donors or organizations.
Now that I have finished the doctorate and have joined the political science faculty at Pace University, I have expanded the blog to cover issues of aid, security and governance in conflicted and politically-contested regions as well as a broader range of disarmament issues. My research on conventional weapons remains independent — though I worked briefly for the Landmine Monitor in 2009, I have provided unpaid assistance to Control Arms and I am a member of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control. My research on humanitarian issues is sometimes funded in part by consultancies with aid agencies.
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