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Airey Neave Research Project
The Airey Neave Trust is currently funding a one-year research project on 'Transnational Networks and New Security Threats' (Nov. 2003 - Oct. 2004). The project is designed to look at non-conventional threats to national security as well as government responses to such threats.
A growing literature in the foreign policy and security field has brought to light the increasingly important role of criminal and other extra-legal networks in international conflict. Most recent scholarship, however, has focused on documenting the nature and scope of networked threats rather than the ways in which governments have sought to combat them.
One of the chief aims of the Airey Neave research project is to redress this balance by focusing not only on how networks propagate new threats to security but also on how network organisations shape state responses to such threats. In providing a framework for explaining variation in government response to networked threats, the project critically scrutinises the prevailing assumption that non-state actors are better able than states to exploit network forms of organisation.
The research project is directed by Dr. Mette Eilstrup Sangiovanni. She is currently assisted by Paul Miller.