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The Cosmopolitan Military

Armed Forces and Human Security in the 21st Century

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  • © 2015


Part of the book series: New Security Challenges (NSECH)

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What role should national militaries play in an increasingly globalised and interdependent world? This book examines the often difficult transition they have made toward missions aimed at protecting civilians and promoting human security, and asks whether we might expect the emergence of armed forces that exist to serve the wider human community.

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“The book is a magnificent blend of both the theories behind, and the practical ventures of, the cosmopolitan conflict resolution paradigm. … This book is a valuable contribution and recommended reading for students of peace and security studies, conflict management and international politics. Equally, it is a useful guidebook for researchers, practitioners and policymakers for understanding the evolution of conflict resolution through cosmopolitan military engagement.” (Sajjad Ahmed, LSE Review of Books,, April, 2016)

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  • Department of Politics, Kingston University, UK

    Jonathan Gilmore

About the author

Jonathan Gilmore is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Kingston University. His research centres on the connections between international ethics, foreign policy rhetoric and the practice of security, with particular reference to peace operations and humanitarian intervention. His previous work has been published in Security Dialogue, European Journal of International Relations, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, and International Affairs.

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