Timothy Edmunds

EU-CIVCAP Staff Co-Investigator Contributor

Timothy Edmunds is Professor of International Security and Director of the Global Insecurities Centre at the University of Bristol. His research addresses issues of civil-military relations and security sector reform, with an empirical focus on postcommunist Europe, the former Yugoslavia (particularly Serbia) and most recently the UK. He is particularly interested in questions of complexity, strategy and agency in defence and security reform. He currently holds an EU Marie Skłodowska Curie fellowship grant on Local Ownership in EU Security Sector Reform (with Filip Ejdus), an ESRC/MoD grant on Keeping Enough in Reserve: The Employment of Hybrid Citizen-Soldiers and the Future Reserves 2020 Programme (ES/L012944) and an ESRC seminar series on Reconnecting the academic community to British defence and security policy: the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security (ES/L001616/1). He is co-investigator on the EUCIVCAP programme. He has published in journals including International Affairs, Survival, Europe-Asia Studies, Armed Forces and Society and the Journal of Democracy, and authored or edited ten books. These include British Foreign Policy and the National Interest: Strategy, Contestation and Change, 2014; Out of Step: The Case for Change in the British Armed Forces, 2007; and Security Sector Reform in Transforming Societies, 2007.  He is Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of International Security, with the British International Studies Association and Cambridge University Press.

Articles Authored

Coordination and coherence in EU local capacity building (5 November 2018) - Deliverable 6.2 focuses particularly on coordination and coherence between international actors and local actors in the context of the implementation of local capacity building programmes in the Western Balkans and the Horn of Africa. While problems related to a lack of coherence have impinged upon the efforts of every international organisation and country involved in capacity building, in the case of large international organisations like the EU, internal coherence represents a specific challenge.



DL 6.1
Evaluating international efforts on local capacity building

Authors: Juncos, A.E., G. Algar-Faria, T. Edmunds, K. Đokić, E. Plänitz, K. Abdi and S. Simons
Lead Institution: University of Bristol

Published: 25 May 2017

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DL 6.2
International capacity building in the Western Balkans and the Horn of Africa: Lessons on coherence and coordination

Authors: Algar-Faria, G.A.E. JuncosT. EdmundsS. Stojanovic GajicK. Đokić, E. Plänitz, K. Abdi and S. Simons
Lead Institution: University of Bristol

Published: 24 May 2018

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Journal articles

Title: EU local capacity building: ownership, complexity and agency
Authors: Edmunds, T., A.E. Juncos and G. Algar-Faria
Year: 2018
Journal: Global Affairs
Volume: 4
Issue: 2–3
Pages: 227–239

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Title: Beyond seablindness: a new agenda for maritime security studies
Authors: Bueger, C. and T. Edmunds
Year: 2017
Journal: International Affairs
Volume: 93
Issue: 6
Pages: 1293–1311

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Working Papers

Title: Maritime Capacity Building in the Horn of Africa: States of Somalia
Author: Tim Edmunds
Month: May
EU-CIVCAP Working Papers
No.: 01–17
Pages: 1–20

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Title: “Improving the EU’s local capacity building efforts in post-conflict environments

Authors: Juncos, A.E., G. Algar-Faria, T. Edmunds, K. Đokić, E. Plänitz, K. Abdi and S. Simons
Publisher: EU-CIVCAP
Type: Policy Briefing
Reference: 2017/01

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Work Packages


Consortium management


Capabilities in conflict prevention and peace-building: technology, personnel and procedures


Local capacity-building strategies


Lessons identified, lessons learned, and best practices


Dissemination and communication


Ethics and data protection

Institutional Affiliation

University of Bristol

The Global Insecurities Centre at the University of Bristol is a multidisciplinary centre and has an excellent track-record in research funding and publication in the area of conflict, security and development.