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  • 1.
    Bachmann, Jan
    et al.
    Göteborgs universitet.
    Bell, ColleenUniversity of Saskatchewan, Kanada.Holmqvist, CarolineSwedish National Defence College, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Division of Strategy.
    War, police and assemblages of intervention2015Collection (editor) (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This book reflects on the way in which war and police/policing intersect in contemporary Western-led interventions in the global South. The volume combines empirically oriented work with ground-breaking theoretical insights and aims to collect, for the first time, thoughts on how war and policing converge, amalgamate, diffuse and dissolve in the context both of actual international intervention and in understandings thereof.

    The book uses the caption WAR:POLICE to highlight the distinctiveness of this volume in presenting a variety of approaches that share a concern for the assemblage of war-police as a whole. The volume thus serves to bring together critical perspectives on liberal interventionism where the logics of war and police/policing blur and bleed into a complex assemblage of WAR:POLICE. Contributions to this volume offer an understanding of police as a technique of ordering and collectively take issue with accounts of the character of contemporary war that argue that war is simply reduced to policing. In contrast, the contributions show how – both historically and conceptually – the two are ‘always already’ connected. Contributions to this volume come from a variety of disciplines including international relations, war studies, geography, anthropology, and law but share a critical/poststructuralist approach to the study of international intervention, war and policing.

    This volume will be useful to students and scholars who have an interest in social theories on intervention, war, security, and the making of international order.

  • 2. Bailes, Alyson J.K.
    et al.
    Holmqvist, Caroline
    Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
    Les Affaires et la sécurité : quel rôle pour le secteur privé?2006In: Politique étrangère, ISSN 0032-342X, E-ISSN 1958-8992, Vol. 1, p. 119-130Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [fr]

    La fin de la guerre froide gomme une distinction faussement évidente entre monde des affaires et questions de sécurité. Les entreprises sont plus largement confrontées aux conflits locaux, et davantage concernées par les problématiques du terrorisme et de la prolifération des armes de destruction massive. Le recours aux services privés de sécurité s’étend. Ces évolutions exigent l’élaboration de normes nouvelles, nationales et internationales, qui ne peuvent être définies qu’avec le secteur privé.

  • 3.
    Holmqvist, Caroline
    Swedish National Defence College, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Strategiavdelningen med folkrättscentrum.
    Policing Wars: On Military Intervention in the Twenty-First Century2014Book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This interdisciplinary study provides an original account of the US-led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to show how, why and with what consequences, twenty-first century wars became seen as policing wars.   

    Holmqvist starts from the assumption that wars always reflect the societies that wage them and combines the analysis of western strategic thinking with a philosophical examination of the core ideas that structure the contemporary liberal imagination. She argues that the US-led interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq were characterised by a widespread understanding of war as 'policing' – that is, waged against opponents deemed 'criminal' rather than political, and directed at the creation and maintenance of a certain type of 'order'. Holmqvist turns to themes of social theory and philosophy to offer new perspectives on why the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were waged in the way they were, and why the fantasy of policing wars came to resonate so widely amongst policy makers and academics alike.

    This unique contribution to the study of war and international politics will appeal to scholars of the philosophy and sociology of war, military strategy and international relations.

  • 4.
    Holmqvist, Caroline
    Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Strategiavdelningen med folkrättscentrum (upphört).
    Undoing War: War Ontologies and the Materiality of Drone Warfare2013In: Millennium: Journal of International Studies, ISSN 0305-8298, E-ISSN 1477-9021, Vol. 41, no 3, p. 535-552Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The turn to military robotics is a striking feature of contemporary Western warfare. How then to make sense of the increasing reliance on unmanned weapons systems, in particular, the use of combat-enabled Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/drones? Questioning the intuitive and oft-repeated claim that robotics take the human experience out of war' (reducing it to a video game), I argue that in order to make sense of current developments, we need precisely to reconsider our understanding of the human, her role in, and experience of, war. In this, we are aided by a critical materialist inquiry that investigates the human-material assemblage as a complex whole, taking both fleshy and steely bodies into account. Drawing on the philosophies of Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Judith Butler, I show that only by considering what being human means - in ontological terms - and by asking how human experience is altered through new technologies will we be able to think politically and ethically about contemporary war.

  • 5.
    Holmqvist, Caroline
    Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Strategiavdelningen med folkrättscentrum (upphört). Centre for International Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.
    War, 'strategic communication' and the violence of non-recognition2013In: Cambridge Review of International Affairs, ISSN 0955-7571, E-ISSN 1474-449X, Vol. 26, no 4, p. 631-650Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Contemporary Western war-fighting is animated by the fictitious imagination of a war free from antagonism. In this logic, winning wars is about winning the ‘hearts and minds’ of local populations, about persuasion rather than confrontation. In recent years, the concept of ‘strategic communication’ (SC) has been elevated to the top echelons of strategic thinking in United States military circles, focusing attention on how to communicate ‘effectively’ with local populations. Via an analysis of the concept of SC, this article examines the ethico-political dimensions of contemporary Western-led ‘population-centric’ war. Through a reading inspired by Judith Butler's recent work in Precarious life (London: Verso 2006) andFrames of war (London: Verso 2009), and an analysis that turns on the link between ethics and ontology, I reflect on the significance of the ‘communications turn’ in warfare for our study of war in ontological terms.

  • 6.
    Holmqvist, Caroline
    Swedish National Defence College, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Strategiavdelningen med folkrättscentrum. Centre for International Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science, England.
    War/space: shifting spatialities and the absence of politics in contemporary accounts of war2012In: Global crime, ISSN 1744-0572, E-ISSN 1744-0580, Vol. 13, no 4, p. 219-234Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Understandings of war – its shape, form, character and content – are conditioned by conceptualisations and narratives of social and political space. As such, the history of writing on war is also a history of spatiality, expressed through a particular circumstance and practice. Through analysis of early modern conceptualisations of space, politics and war, this article considers the shift in political spatiality associated with the demise of modern linear spatiality that firmly established the territorial state as site of politics and war. The central argument of this article is that contemporary accounts of war reveal a political spatiality in flux coupled with an insistence on the global, such that many accounts of war neglect its political content. Three key accounts of contemporary war are engaged: liberal discourses of war as ‘policing’; accounts of war as ‘biopolitical empire’; and discourses of war as ‘risk management’ – all found, in different ways and collectively, to disregard the political confrontation that war necessarily entails.

  • 7.
    Holmqvist-Jonsäter, Caroline
    Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Division of Strategy. Univ Libre Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium;Swedish Inst Int Affairs UI, Stockholm, Sweden..
    Always already war power, police power2015In: London Review of International Law, ISSN 2050-6325, Vol. 3, no 2, p. 329-334Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    War power and police power are, in Neocleous's rendition, always already intertwined. This short essay extracts the themes of time and temporality from Neocleous's text to ask how we might think political subjectivity and the possibility of resistance to the war machine.

  • 8.
    Holmqvist-Jonsäter, Caroline
    Department of War Studies, King's College London, England.
    War as perpeutual policing2010In: The Character of War in the 21st Century / [ed] Holmqvist-Jonsäter, Caroline & Coker, Christopher, London: Routledge, 2010, p. 103-118Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 9.
    Holmqvist-Jonsäter, Caroline
    et al.
    Department of War Studies, King's College London, England.
    Coker, ChristopherLondon School of Economics and Political Science, England.
    The Character of War in the 21st Century2010Collection (editor) (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This edited volume addresses the relationship between the essential nature of war and its character at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

    The focus is on the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, situations that occupy a central role in international affairs and that have become highly influential in thinking about war in the widest sense. The intellectual foundation of the volume is Clausewitz’s insight that though war has an enduring nature, its character changes with time, space, social structure and culture. The fact that war’s character varies means that different actors may interpret, experience and, ultimately, wage war differently. The conflict between the ways that war is conceptualised in the prevailing Western and international discourse, and the manner in which it plays out on the ground is a key discussion point for scholars and practitioners in the field of international relations. Contributions combine insights from social theory, philosophy, sociology and strategic studies and ask directly what contemporary war is, and what the implications are for the future.

    This book will be of much interest to students of war studies, strategic studies, security studies and IR in general.

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