In 2008 CAST began as a five-year research project awarded to Professor Ole Wæver by the University of Copenhagen's Excellence Programme. In 2014, the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, decided to continue CAST as a research center at the Department.
The current research projects are positioned within the field of international security studies, but also draw on insights from public administration, political theory, anthropology, and political sociology.
Today, CAST consists of a group of core researchers who each contributes to the research themes mentioned above. Together with the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), CAST furthermore facilitates a web-based network of researchers from all over the world who share an interest in the advancement and development of security studies. At this interactive platform one can post and debate views on security research, find announcements and receive invitations for seminars and conferences.
The wider purpose of CAST is to accumulate knowledge about current security practices and to advance and develop our conceptual frameworks and theories for understanding these practices.