What role can hybridrity play in security?

This seminar explores hybridity as both a condition and an approach to the pursuit of security, particularly in post-conflict and fragile settings.

Conceptions of security have undergone a transformation in recent decades. Traditionally concepts of security focused on the state as the principal site of security; it was both the object that was to be secured but also the principal provider of security to its population.

More recently however we have seen the emergence of more complex and contested conceptions of what constitutes insecurity; of who provides security and; of who or what is the object being secured.

The gaze of security has moved from the state to human and citizen security; while notions of security providers now extend to entities operating above and beneath the state.

The concept of ‘hybrid political orders’ has been introduced to capture the complex and contested nature of governance and security. It also speaks to conditions in which there are multiple agents who provide or threaten security, and multiple approaches and mechanisms adopted to enhance security.

As Luckham and Kirk note, security provision in hybrid contexts is negotiated, bargained and enforced through both formal and informal process that coexist, overlap and intertwine.

The seminar explores the intersection between hybridity and security at both the conceptual and empirical level, examining the complex interaction between different actors and institutions at the transnational, national and subnational level.

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