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

Dr. Maria Grazia GALANTINO

Professor of Sociology, Unitelma Sapienza, Rome

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

Array Ewan LAWSON

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

Senior Research Fellow, Royal United Services Institute
 since 2015 Senior Teaching Fellow, School of Oriental and African Studies
since 2015

Seminar Week

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15:00 - 15:30 Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2016 Plenary
15:30 - 16:00 Opening Speeches Plenary
16:00 - 16:30 A Midsummer Night’s Dream – a Teaser Culture
17:00 - 18:30 Presentation of the Seminars Plenary
18:30 - 20:00 Bread and Wine Social


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


07:00 - 13:00 Alpbach Open Space Breakout