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Dear Colleague,

This year’s Annual Lecture of the Queen Mary Centre for the Study of Global Security and Development will be given by Professor Mark Duffield of the University of Bristol. The title of the lecture is ‘Liberal Interventionism and the Crisis of Acceptance: From Protection to Resilience’  and it will take place on May 19, 2011, 6.30pm in Drapers Lecture Theatre(Geography Building), QM Mile End Campus.

Compared to the optimism of the early post-Cold War era, the international aid industry – and with it, the development-security nexus – faces a growing crisis of acceptance. This malaise is reflected in the increasing necessity of constant risk-management within contemporary aid interventions. Since the end of the 1990s, the number of aid workers deliberately killed, injured, or attacked has grown steadily. Incorporated as an extension of Western foreign policy, including playing social advisor to corporate interests in an age of neoliberal excess, for many ‘beneficiaries’ the aid industry’s earlier claims to neutrality and material betterment now count for little. This lecture traces the liberal way of development’s growing crisis of acceptance through its changing approach to risk-management.

From initial attempts to centralise and professionalise risk-aversion, the main outcome of which was the fortified aid compound, the emphasis has now shifted to increasing the resilience of the aid industry. Rather than ‘when to leave’ the aim is now ‘how to stay’. Through the decentralisation, localisation and indigenisation of risk-management, resilience establishes a new and productive relationship to crisis. That is, an opportunity to improve the robustness and fitness of aid agencies. In effectively ignoring the crisis of acceptance, however, rather than addressing the current malaise, resilience promises to dig the bunker deeper.

To book a place go to:  

Rick Saull
Dr Richard Saull,
Senior Lecturer in International Politics,
School of Politics and International Relations
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road
E1 4NS
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8597

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