ICCS seminar series 2014/15

ICCS seminar series 2014/15

Forthcoming events:

Making sense of the Afghan Taliban and why they still matter

Making sense of the Afghan Taliban and why they still matter

Date
09/03/2015
Location:
Muirhead 417
Description
Michael Semple provides an introduction to the thinking and politics of the Afghan Taliban Movement. The talk suggests that a flawed understanding of the movement by other conflict actors has helped prolong the conflict in Afghanistan. It will explore linkages between the Afghan conflict and the broader conflict in the Middle East and South Asia and consider the prospects for conflict transformation in Afghanistan.
The Utility of UAVs in the FATA, Pakistan

The Utility of UAVs in the FATA, Pakistan

Date
27/04/2015
Location:
417 Muirhead Tower
Description
Professor Shaun Gregory, from the Univeristy of Durham, will be talking about the possible role for UAVs in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA)
ICCS Distinguished Lecture Series: Violence, Civilization and Humanity

ICCS Distinguished Lecture Series: Violence, Civilization and Humanity

Date
18/05/2015
Location:
Muirhead 417
Description
The ICCS Distinguished Lecture Series continues on the 18th May with a talk from Professor Andrew Linklater, arguably one of the 50 key thinkers writing in the field of International Relations today. Professor Linklater will discuss his recent research on 'Violence, Civilization and Humanity'.

Podcasts

Podcast: Russia and the West since 1991: a tale of growing distrust

Podcast: Russia and the West since 1991: a tale of growing distrust
Description
The high level of trust that had been constructed between western and Soviet leaders in the late 1980s and early 1990s was not sustained when western leaders had to face an independent Russia, even though the new Russia began with every intention of transforming itself into a full participating member of the international institutions set up after 1945 to keep the peace. However, Russians – not just their government – had come to view international institutions with profound distrust as having deceived them in both the economic and diplomatic spheres.
Date:
Thursday 20th November 2014

Podcast: Hobbes's Dilemma and the Liberal Quest for World Order

Podcast: Hobbes's Dilemma and the Liberal Quest for World Order
Description
A joint POLSIS/ICCS distinguished lecture given by one of the world's leading experts on international relations. Chair: Dr Tim Haughton (POLSIS/CREES), Speaker: Robert O. Keohane (Princeton University), Discussant: Professor Nicholas Wheeler (ICCS, University of Birmingham).
Date:
Thursday 30th October 2014

Podcast: "The Responsibility to Protect" and the Unreasonable Veto

Podcast: "The Responsibility to Protect" and the Unreasonable Veto
Description
The roots of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) are to be found in the international community's attempts to navigate a route through UN Security Council (UNSC) inaction in the face of mass human rights atrocities. The likelihood of such inaction is exacerbated by the ability of UNSC Permanent members to veto actions which they oppose, but given the level of human suffering which characterises such crises, should this right of veto, unfettered by the UN Charter, be subject to some degree of constraint? Issues relating to this question are considered in 'The Responsibility to Protect and the "Unreasonable" Veto'.
Date:
Tuesday 14th October 2014

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