• National Security Cultures and Global Security Governance

Workshop, April 18-19, 2008

April 18-19, 2008
Suffolk University, 8 Ashburton Place, Boston, MA
Room: Sawyer 427

The workshop will examine the reasons for and implications of changes in national security cultures, and explore the extent and scope for international security governance in light of those changes.  It will deal with the barriers and opportunities posed by national security cultures to regional and global security governance with respect to the national understanding of the external environment, the preferred instruments of statecraft (coercive versus persuasive), the pattern of interaction (unilateral, bilateral or multilateral), and institutional choice.  A further study aspect relates to the joint production of technology in security tasks and to variations in their level of ‘publicness’ in the (a)symmetry of threats (i.e., the costs associated with any failure to provide security), and in defence costs (i.e., the marginal costs of providing security).

The aim of the workshop is thus to provide a stock-taking of the common framework and to explore how the stipulated guidelines and empirical indicators apply to the ten countries plus the EU.  Thus, individual papers/presentation to the workshop will provide a first-cut account of perceived security threats and the preferred instruments and institutions of response by elites in Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, the UK, the USA and the EU.  The objective is to obtain a group picture or to determine the extent to which cooperation in security governance is possible among the ten countries plus the EU and to differentiate country behaviour by the four respective governance categories: prevention, assurance, protection and compellence. Each country report will follow a common rubric in terms of security governance examined and empirical indicators chosen.


Berg, John

Suffolk University

Biscop, Sven

Royal Institute for International Relations

Coates, Anthony

University of Essex

Croci, Osvaldo

Memorial University

Chun, Simone

Suffolk University

Dominguez, Roberto

Suffolk University

Druke, Luise

Leibniz University, Hannover

Dushku, Judith

Suffolk University

Foradori, Paolo

University of Trento

Fukui, Haru

University of California, Santa Barbara

Harnisch, Sebastian

University of Heidelberg

Holtstag, Aart

University of Massachusetts at Lowell

Irondelle, Bastien

Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris

Kirchner, Emil

University of Essex

Lavdas, Kostas

Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Royo, Sebastian

Suffolk University

Seidelmann, Reimund

University of Giessen and Free University Brussels

Sperling, James

University of Akron

Smith, Martin

Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst

Szabo, Stephen

American Institute for Contemporary German Studies

Tavares, Rodrigo

UN University-Comparative Regional Integration Studies

Thornton, Rod

University of Nottingham

Walsh, Jim

Massachusetts Institute for Technology

Zaborwski, Marcin

European Institute of Security Studies, Paris

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For further information contact Dr. Roberto Dominguez

Workshop Program