'IHSA Conference 2018: The Instrumentalism of Disasters

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Today, not just disaster but the functions—and instrumentalization—of disaster have been brought right into the heart of Europe. If widespread official violence and the instrumentalization of disaster can happen right under the eyes of a free press and under the watch of two of the world’s most established democracies, what then is possible in greater seclusion?

This post by David Keen is based on a keynote speech delivered at the International Humanitarian Studies Association Conference held in August 2018 at the International Institute of Social Studies.

About the author

David Keen is Professor of Conflict Studies, London School of Economics. He has worked extensively on understanding war, including its causes and functions.

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