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Guest Stint at Complex Terrain Lab

August 9, 2008

This semester, I will be ocassionally cross-posting / guest blogging on laws of war-related topics at Complex Terrain Lab, and wanted to encourage readers of The Duck to take a good hard look at these folks.

From the mission statement:

“The Complex Terrain Laboratory (CTLab) is an independent, interdisciplinary project focused on problems of international relations, international law, and political violence. Founded in the School of Public Policy at University College London, CTLab concerns itself with the conceptual and social science dimensions of legal and policy challenges in current affairs. Drawing on university-wide strengths in spatial research and analysis, it is especially concerned with the politics of place and space, and with variable geometries of conflict and militancy.”

Its approach is multidisciplinary – built around the notion that “terrain” is a security metaphor for complex physical, human, and virtual environments.

Check it out.

My IR theory / human rights / advocacy networks / methodology / geek potty humor posts will remain exclusively here, naturally.

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Charli Carpenter is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is the author of 'Innocent Women and Children': Gender, Norms and the Protection of Civilians (Ashgate, 2006), Forgetting Children Born of War: Setting the Human Rights
Agenda in Bosnia and Beyond (Columbia, 2010), and ‘Lost’ Causes: Agenda-Setting in Global Issue Networks and the Shaping of Human Security (Cornell, 2014). Her main research interests include national security ethics, the protection of civilians, the laws of war, global agenda-setting, gender and political violence, humanitarian affairs, the role of information technology in human security, and the gap between intentions and outcomes among advocates of human security.