Train and equip: British overseas security assistance in the Cold War Global South

Darwin College Humanities and Social Sciences Group
Thomas McGuire, Research Fellow, Darwin College
The Richard King Room, Darwin College
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 13:10 to 14:00

One of the several research projects Tom is currently pursuing is assessing the influence of the UK on the development of state security sectors in the Global South - in particular but not exclusively the Commonwealth - through training, equipment and other forms of assistance since 1945. This is intended to better inform understanding of, on the one hand, the UK’s post-colonial legacies and foreign policy and, on the other, contemporary debates regarding upstream conflict prevention, human rights, and security sector reform why security sectors develop in similar and different ways. This talk will present preliminary findings from one case area of the project: Cold War Southeast Asia, placing it in the context of British overseas security assistance and foreign policy across the Global South in this era.

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