Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies
Alex Bellamy joined the School at the beginning of 2002. Prior to that he was a lecturer in Defence Studies for King's College London, teaching mid ranking and senior military officers at the Joint Services Command and Staff College.
Alex's research interests include:
International Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Intervention. The evolving role of peacekeeping in world politics, the changing nature of the UN, and the impact of globalization on peacekeeping. This research area also addresses the issue of humanitarian intervention, its legality, legitimacy, and effectiveness.
Ethics and International Relations. The role of ethical choices in foreign policy, contending approaches to international ethics, contemporary ethical issues particularly questions concerned with ethics and war (the Just War, war crimes and the International Criminal Court, the evolving laws of war).
International Relations Theory. Competing approaches to the study of International Relations with particular emphasis on normative theory and 'English School' or 'International Society' approaches to the subject. In particular, I am interested in the conversation between English School writers and their critics and the impact of security communities on international society.
Post Conflict Peacebuilding. I am interested in international attempts to build stable peace following protracted conflict. In particular, the role and legitimacy of UN protectorates and the role of security sector reform in post-conflict peacebuilding.
New Wars and Contemporary Conflict. The political economy of violence in contemporary conflict, the warlords phenomena, the impact of humanitarian and development aid in conflict areas, nationalism and ethnic conflict.
The Former Yugoslavia. The wars in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo, causes and international responses, issues concerning military intervention, and post-conflict integration. Contemporary politics in Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo.