Mats Berdal

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Professor of Security & Development, Dept of War Studies, King's College London.
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Professor of Security and Development
Department of War Studies
King's College London

United Kingdom
Research Profile

A principal research project at the moment is a major study of the UN and the end of the Cold War, covering the immediate post-Cold War period and focusing in particular on the UN's involvement in the mitigation, containment and resolution of civil wars. Recent writings have focused on UN and the use of force; conceptual and practical issues raised by efforts implement the “responsibility to protect”, and the political economy of armed conflict. Other research interests include violence in post-conflict societies, strategy and the changing character of war.

Over the past two years I have also taken a special interest in the conflict in Afghanistan, and NATO’s involvement there since 2003. In 2015-16, I served as a Member of the “Commission of Inquiry on Afghanistan” set up by the Norwegian Government to evaluate Norway’s civilian and military involvement in Afghanistan from 2001 to 2014.

Research activities in the pipeline include, in collaboration with my colleague Dr Kieran Mitton, a multidisciplinary project entitled “Approaches to Understanding Atrocity in War”. The project brings together leading experts in the study of violence – drawn from various academic disciplines and backgrounds - to conduct and publish original research on the problem of war-time atrocity.

English, French, Norwegian