Martijn Dekker is a political anthropologist affiliated with the Political Science department. His main research interests are human security, civilian initiatives in war situations, armed conflict, humanitarian intervention, and the interaction between foreign troops and a local population.
Many social scientists are engrossed in studying insecurity and the various attempts to harness it. It is for this reason that much attention is paid to causes of insecurity and strategies to ameliorate the effects, which clearly focus on the human factor. Wars and conflicts are a prime example of man-made insecurity, because they revolve around social, political and economic processes; human beings cause, fight and suffer in wars. And since wars constitute a substantial source of insecurity worldwide, they are a social phenomenon that deserves, and receives, meticulous scholarly attention, as illustrated by the numerous varieties of security- and conflict-oriented studies taught at universities around the globe.