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Mats Berdal

Professor of Security and Development at King’s College London

Mats Berdal is Professor of Security and Development at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, where he is also the Programme Director for the MA in Conflict, Security and Development and Director of the Conflict, Security and Development Research Programme (CSDRG). He joined the department in 2003, having previously been Director of Studies at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London from 2000 to 2003. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Norwegian Defence University College and was a Consulting Senior Fellow at the IISS from 2009 to 2011, responsible for the institute’s Economics and Conflict Resolution Programme. From 2015 to 2016, Berdal served on the Commission of Inquiry set up by the Norwegian Government to examine Norway’s military, humanitarian and development contributions to allied operations in Afghanistan between 2001 and 2014. Berdal a graduate of LSE and Oxford University and is a member of the Academia Europaea

  • Building Peace after War (Routledge, 2009)
  • Greed and Grievance: Economic Agendas in Civil Wars (Lynne Rienner, 2000)
  • Business as Usual? Transnational Organised Crime and International Security (Lynne Rienner, 2002)
    • Also in Spanish: Crimen transnacional organizado y seguridad internacional: cambio y continuidad , ed. by Mats Berdal and Monica Serrano  (Mexico: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2005).
  • Ending Wars,Consolidating Peace: Economic Perspectives (Routledge, 2010)
  • The Peace in Between: Post-War Violence and Peacebuilding (Routledge, 2011)
  • The Political Economy of Peacebuilding: Power after Peace (Routledge, 2012)

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