Tocqueville Chair in security policies

This cluster gathers researchers working on security, broadly understood, including traditional and critical perspectives. It is primarily concerned with examining security performances – cultural, technological, organizational – as they relate to social orders. At the Tocqueville Chair, researchers consider security to be trans-disciplinary in character and argue that a defining challenge of our time is to think and practice security through transitions, not against them. This research cluster does not herald any level-of-analysis (local, national, international) preference nor does it propound only one type of method. It actually subscribes to methodological eclecticism and methodological pluralism.

Researchers hail from different empirical terrains, ranging from military and diplomatic relationships to gender issues, migration and borders as well as post-conflict analysis, radicalization and terrorism. They explore how to best harness the instruments of diplomacy in order to tackle security problems.


Research projects

  • 2016-2020: Blame Games in International Arenas: How the attribution of moral responsibility influences governmental actions | T. Braspenning & E. Rousseau
  • 2015-2018: Historical lessons, individual instrument or social constraint? Exploring the influence of collective memory on international conflict discourses | T. Braspenning & E. Sangar
  • 2015-2017 : La consolidation de la paix par une approche sexospécifique ; analyse du dispositif des nations unies pour l’intégration des femmes dans le règlement des conflits | T. Braspenning & A. Sommo Pende