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10: Utility of Force in the 21st Century

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The execution of systematic, organised violence by military, paramilitary, terrorist or even criminal organisations is a key phenomenon of today s armed conflicts. This overwhelming violence not only causes the death of hundreds of thousands of people, it also poses a threat to international peace and security.

Two fundamental questions must be explored: firstly, what are the aims and strategies of protagonists in conflict and how do they exercise violence to achieve them? Secondly, we must focus on the international community s handling of security challenges and its response to violence in conflicts. In particular, we will examine the contribution of peacekeepers in countering and ending armed struggles, while simultaneously highlighting the limitations of their engagement.

The focus of this seminar is two-fold. On the one hand, it is concerned with a typology of protagonists in conflict and their deployment of force as a key strategic element. On the other hand, it investigates the international community s use of regular military forces as a tool to counter violence.

Professor of Sociology, Unitelma Sapienza, Rome Chair
Senior Research Fellow, Royal United Services Institute for Defence & Security Studies - RUSI, London Chair

Dr. Maria Grazia GALANTINO

Professor of Sociology, Unitelma Sapienza, Rome

2000 Visiting Research Fellow, King' s College, London
since 2000 Senior Researcher, Institute for International Research - Archivio Disarmo, Rome
2009-2013 Lecturer, Sociology of Conflicts and Peace Processes, Sapienza University of Rome
since 2012 Lecturer, Master Program in Strategic Sciences, Centre of High Studies for Defence, Ministry of Defence, Italy
2015 Visiting Professor, Faculty of Economy, University of Coimbra
2014 Lecturer, Sociology and Sociology of Security, Unitelma Sapienza, Rome


Senior Research Fellow, Royal United Services Institute for Defence & Security Studies - RUSI, London

 since 2015 Senior Teaching Fellow, School of Oriental and African Studies
since 2015 Senior Research Fellow, Royal United Services Institute
1988-2015 Commissioned Officer, Royal Air Force

Seminar Week

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15:00 - 15:30Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2016Plenary
15:30 - 16:00Opening SpeechesPlenary
16:00 - 16:30A Midsummer Night’s Dream – a TeaserCulture
17:00 - 18:30Presentation of the SeminarsPlenary
18:30 - 20:00Bread and WineSocial


Seminar 01: Beyond MapsSeminar
Seminar 02: Common Challenges to the European and African Union – Climate, Demography, MigrationSeminar
Seminar 03: Religion and PowerSeminar
Seminar 04: World Water Resources and Human Well-Being at Risk – Trends, Data and GovernanceSeminar
Seminar 05: Scientific Excellence and Social Responsibility – How do they go together?Seminar
Seminar 06: The European Union and Its Eastern NeighboursSeminar
Seminar 07: (Economic-)Policy for Progress – The Return of the “Magic Polygon”Seminar
Seminar 08: Biological or Synthetic Evolution?Seminar
Teach For Austria Summer School: Changemaker Lab – Sapere aude!Seminar
Seminar 09: Rule of Law in China and EuropeSeminar
Seminar 10: Utility of Force in the 21st CenturySeminar
Seminar 11: The European Ethos and the SacredSeminar
Seminar 12: Towards a Sustainable Global Carbon LoopSeminar
Seminar 13: Gender Issues in Complex SocietiesSeminar
Seminar 14: Art as Enlightenment in Post-Enlightenment Times?Seminar
Seminar 15: Smart Factory: Social Effects – Prospects for Employment – Impacts on Work and OrganisationSeminar
Seminar 16: Understanding Big DataSeminar
Theatre Workshop with Students of the Royal Academy for Dramatic Art (RADA), LondonSeminar


07:00 - 13:00Alpbach Open SpaceBreakout