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Eva Herschinger Job 2011
Dr. Eva Herschinger is a lecturer at the Department of Political Science at the University of the Armed Forces Munich, Germany, and specializes in global security issues. She received her university education in political science and German literature at the Universities of Mannheim, Heidelberg, and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris and worked as a journalist at one of Germany’s leading publishers, Axel Springer Verlag, before completing her PhD at Jacobs University Bremen. In her academic work, Eva is primarily interested in how people see and describe violent phenomena and in how far these perspectives orient a society’s reaction to these issues. Eva has worked on the – often problematic – consequences of the ‘war on terror’ as well as the ‘war on drugs’ for democratic societies and international institutions, in particular the United Nations and the European Union. In her current studies she focuses on the nexus between different (violent) phenomena, more specifically, the relationships between international terrorism; trafficking of humans and drugs and migration. Selected publications include: Book Constructing Global Enemies. Hegemony and identity in international discourses on terrorism and drug prohibition. Abingdon, New York: Routledge, 2011 (see Articles A battlefield of meanings. The struggle for identity in the UN-debates on a definition of international terrorism, in: Terrorism and Political Violence 25 (2): 183-201, 2013. ‘Hell is the Other’. Conceptualising hegemony and identity through Discourse Theory, in: Millennium - Journal of International Studies 41 (1): 65-90, 2012. Scratching the heart of the artichoke? How international institutions and the EU constrain the state monopoly of force, in: European Political Science Review 3 (3): 445-468, 2010 (with Markus Jachtenfuchs und Christiane Kraft-Kasack). Conflicts about Water: Securitisations in a Global Context, in: Cooperation and Conflict 46 (4): 441-459, 2010 (with Stephan Stetter, Thomas Teichler und Mathias Albert).

A Battlefield of Meanings: The Struggle for Identity in the UN Debates on a Definition of International Terrorism

Since the attacks at the Olympic Games in 1972, debates on a definition of international terrorism as part of a comprehensive convention have been preoccupying the United Nations (UN). However, for nearly forty years the quest for a definition has been fruitless. Current approaches explain the failure due to different factors, most importantly divergences in [...]

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