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Civil–military boundaries

BICC aims to give the discussion on the civil–military boundary a prestigious place on its research agenda. The concept of a clear-cut boundary between the military and the civil is subject of much controversy today. Rather than being two separate fields of activity, the civil and the military often interact with one another in various ways.

While it seems that presently, the separation of the civil and the military is dominated by the paradigm of ‘security’ in discourses that legitimize organized violence (cf. the discussions on ‘Human Security’), the practical dimension of this debate has an impact on means (e.g. dual-use goods) and practices (e.g. CIMIC) of organized violence.

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