This edited volume analyses the global making of security institutions and practices in our postcolonial world. The volume will offer readers the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the global making of how security is thought of and practiced, from US urban policing, diaspora politics and transnational security professionals to policing encounters in Afghanistan, Palestine, Colombia or Haiti.

It critically examines and decentres conventional perspectives on security governance and policing. In doing so, the book offers a fresh analytical approach, moving beyond dominant, one-sided perspectives on the transnational character of security governance, which suggest a diffusion of models and practices from a ‘Western’ centre to the rest of the globe. Such perspectives omit much of the experimenting and learning going on in the (post)colony as well as the active agency and participation of seemingly subaltern actors in producing and co-constituting what is conventionally thought of as ‘Western’ policing practice, knowledge and institutions.

This is the first book that studies the truly global making of security institutions and practices from a postcolonial perspective, by bringing together highly innovative, in-depth empirical cases studies from across the globe. It will be of particular interest to students and scholars interested in International Relations and Global Studies, (critical) Security Studies, Criminology and Postcolonial Studies.

chapter |19 pages

The global making of policing

ByJana Hönke, Markus-Michael Müller

chapter |20 pages

Capillaries of empire

Colonial pacification and the origins of US global surveillance
ByAlfred McCoy

chapter |19 pages

Laboratories of pacification and permanent war

Israeli–US collaboration in the global making of policing
ByStephen Graham, Alexander Baker

chapter |18 pages

Beyond the laboratory thesis

Gaza as transmission belt for war and security technology
ByLeila Stockmarr

chapter |19 pages

Entangled pacifications

Peacekeeping, counterinsurgency and policing in Port-au-Prince and Rio de Janeiro 1
ByMarkus-Michael Müller

chapter |18 pages

Associated dependent security cooperation

Colombia and the United States
ByArlene B. Tickner

chapter |18 pages

Securing the diaspora

Policing global order
ByMark Laffey, Suthaharan Nadarajah

chapter |18 pages

A translational perspective on police-building in Afghanistan

The enactment of ‘progress' in the implementation gap
ByLars Ostermeier

chapter |11 pages

Unpacking ‘the global'

ByPinar Bilgin