Mary Henrietta Kaldor CBE (born 16 March 1946) is a British academic, currently Professor of Global Governance at the London School of Economics, where she is also the Director of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit. She has been a key figure in the development of cosmopolitan democracy. She writes on globalisation, international relations and humanitarian intervention, global civil society and global governance, as well as what she calls New Wars.
Before the LSE, Kaldor worked at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and now serves on its governing board. She also worked at the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex, where she worked closely with English economist Christopher Freeman. She was a founding member of European Nuclear Disarmament, editing its European Nuclear Disarmament Journal (1983–88). She was the founder and Co-Chair of the Helsinki Citizens Assembly, and a founding member of the European Council on Foreign Relations. She also writes for OpenDemocracy.net, belongs to the Board of Trustees of the Hertie School of Governance, and is on the Editorial Board of Stability: International Journal of Security and Development.
She began her career with a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University. She is the daughter of the economist Nicholas Kaldor. She is also the sister of Frances Stewart, Professor at the University of Oxford.
In a 2008 interview Kaldor said "The international community makes a terrible mess wherever it goes":
It is hard to find a single example of humanitarian intervention during the 1990s that can be unequivocally declared a success. Especially after Kosovo, the debate about whether human rights can be enforced through military means is ever more intense. Moreover, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, which have been justified in humanitarian terms, have further called into question the case for intervention.[relevant? ]
- The Disintegrating West. London: Allen Lane. 1978.
- The Imaginary War: Understanding the East-West Conflict. Basil Blackwell. 1990.
- Global Civil Society: An Answer to War. Cambridge: Polity Press. 2003.
- New and Old Wars: Organised Violence in a Global Era. 3rd edition (first edition: 1999; 2nd edition: 2006), Cambridge: Polity Press. 2013.
- Human Security: Reflections on Globalization and Intervention, Cambridge: Polity Press. 2007.
- In Defence of New Wars. Stability: International Journal of Security and Development, 2(1): 4, pp. 1–16. 2013. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/sta.at
- London Gazette, New Year's Honours Diplomatic and Overseas List 2001
- Mary Kaldor's LSE page.
- LSE page
- European Council on Foreign Relations "Council".
- opendemocracy.net Mary Kaldor
- The Guardian, 1 April 2008, INterview: 'The international community makes a terrible mess wherever it goes'