The GIC brings together colleagues with expertise on civil-military relations and security sector reform. Our work in this area comprises research and policy engagement on issues of strategy, defence policy and military reform in the United Kingdom; on the democratic control of armed forces and other security actors in the Western Balkans and elsewhere; and on security sector reform in the global south. We are particularly interested in questions of political contestation in the security policy arena. We examine these themes in relation to security policy making and practice, to organisational change and effectiveness in the defence and security sector itself, and in the promotion of defence and security sector reform to other countries. We engage extensively with policy makers, practitioners and other stakeholders on these issues, including the UK Ministry of Defence and Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the UK parliamentary defence select committee, the European Union External Action Service, and the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) amongst others.
GIC colleagues working on related topics include:
Current projects within this theme include:
Keeping Enough in Reserve is a three year, £296,620 project, examining the employment and identity issues pertaining to reservists serving with the British Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Naval Reserve. The project addresses a number of key challenges associated with the proposed transformation of the armed forces under the Future Reserves 2020 programme, in ways that ensure not just the assimilation of reservists, but crucially, their genuine integration. In order to do so, the research will focus on the consequences of the reservist policy for the relationship between the armed forces and its host society, what it means to be both a soldier and a civilian in citizenship and identity terms, how employers both view and respond to the FR20 programme, and ultimately, the likelihood that such a transformation will succeed.