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Mary Kaldor

London School of Economics

Mary Kaldor is Professor of Global Governance and Co-Director of LSE Global Governance. She previously worked at the Stockholm Peace Research Institute and the University of Sussex, including the Science Policy Research Unit, before coming to the London School of Economics in 1999. In addition, she was a founder member of European Nuclear Disarmament (END), founder and Co-Chair on the Helsinki Citizen’s Assembly, a member of the Independent International Commission to Investigate the Kosovo Crisis chaired by Richard Goldstone, and a governor for the Westminster Foundation for Democracy.

She has written widely on security issues and on democracy and civil society. Her recent books include The Baroque Arsenal (Andre Deutsch 1982), New and Old Wars: Organised Violence in a Global Era (Polity Press, 2nd ed. 2006), Global Civil Society: An Answer to War (Polity Press 2003), Human Security: Reflections on Globalisation and Intervention (Polity Press, 2007) and most recently The Ultimate Weapon is No Weapon: Human Security and the Changing Rules of war and Peace (Public Affairs, 2010) written jointly with a US Army officer. She is directs the Global Civil Society programme that produces the annual Global Civil Society yearbook, and the Global Security Programme at LSE Global Governance.

She is currently convenor of the Human Security Study Group, assembled at the request of Javier Solana, then High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union, which produced ‘A Human Security Doctrine for Europe’(2004) ‘A European Way of Security’ (2007) and ‘Helsinki Plus: A Human Security Architecture for Europe’ (2010). In 2009-2010, she was a member of the Defence Advisory Forum which advised the Minister of Defence on the preparation of a green paper on Defence.

Up to 20 scientists and leading experts from all over the world and a wide range of disciplines are invited to share insights into their future-changing work at the Falling Walls Conference on 9 November, in front of 700 international guests. In an inspiring, information-packed 15 minutes each, speakers present the core of their breakthroughs – which walls are they helping to tear down and how will it transform our lives?

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