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Trident: To Renew or Not to Renew

Trident: To Renew or Not to Renew
Description
Paul Schulte, Honorary Professor at the ICCS, takes part in a panel discussion on the renewal of Trident at the SOAS Policy Forum.
Date:
15/04/2015

The creeping autonomy of lethal weapons

The creeping autonomy of lethal weapons
Description
Written by Professor David H Dunn. The increased use of armed drones for targeted killing in counter-terrorism operations has drawn a great deal of critical attention from the international community.
Date:
15/04/2015

The Iraqi offensive against IS

The Iraqi offensive against IS
Description
Paul Schulte, Honorary Professor at the ICCS, talks to Islam Channel TV about the recent Iraqi offensive against IS
Date:
15/04/2015

Germanwings crash: the ins and outs of the two-person rule

Germanwings crash: the ins and outs of the two-person rule
Description
Written by Daniel Rio Tinto. As evidence mounts that Germanwings flight 4U9525 was crashed deliberately by its co-pilot who locked the flight's captain out of the cockpit, there have been renewed calls to enforce a "two-person rule", where two members of the flight crew are on the flight deck at all times
Date:
13/04/2015

Trident wars are more political posturing than dawn of a nuclear-free age

Trident wars are more political posturing than dawn of a nuclear-free age
Description
Written by Dr Andrew Futter and Dr Anthony Hopkins. The key decision on whether or not to replace the submarines that carry the Trident nuclear weapons system will have to be made almost immediately by the next UK government.
Date:
13/04/2015

ICCS hosts latest Breakfast Briefing: 'Nuclear Negotiations with Iran: Past, Present, and Future'

Description
The latest ICCS 'Breakfast Briefing' saw Professors Nicholas Wheeler, Scott Lucas and Dr Adam Quinn joined by historian and investigative journalist, Gareth Porter, to discuss the ongoing international negotiations regarding Iran's nuclear programme at Chatham House.
Date:
26/03/2015

Researching Drones: Perspectives, Practicalities, and Problems

Description
The ICCS, in conjunction with War Studies and the Royal Aeronautical Society, will be hosting a workshop 15th September 2015 looking at "Perspectives, Practicalities and Problems" in relation to research on drones and will include presentations by guest speaker Dr Peter Lee.
Date:
25/03/2015

Podcast: Making sense of the Afghan Taliban and why they still matter

Podcast: Making sense of the Afghan Taliban and why they still matter
Description
The talk by Michael Semple provided an introduction to the thinking and politics of the Afghan Taliban Movement. It suggested that flawed understanding of the movement by other conflict actors has helped prolong the conflict in Afghanistan. It explored 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. Michael drew on his experience as a UN and EU official and as a mediator as well as current research.
Date:
11/03/2015
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences

New book on 'The Politics of Nuclear Weapons'

New book on 'The Politics of Nuclear Weapons'
Description
Dr Andrew Futter, Senior Lecturer at the University of Leicester and an Honorary Research Fellow at the ICCS, has written an excellent new book on The Politics of Nuclear Weapons. The book aims is to provide an accessible introduction to the political, technical and strategic aspects of nuclear weapons.
Date:
04/03/2015

ICCS hosts latest Breakfast Briefing: 'Russia: What Next?'

ICCS hosts latest Breakfast Briefing: 'Russia: What Next?'
Description
For the latest ICCS Briefing, Professor Mark Webber, Professor Stefan Wolff and Dr. Derek Averre travelled to the West Midlands European Centre in Brussels, and to the RUSI in London, to engage with policymakers and practitioners on the issue of Russia's foreign relations after recent developments in Ukraine.
Date:
18/02/2015

Lebanon is cracking under the pressure from Syria and Iraq

Lebanon is cracking under the pressure from Syria and Iraq
Description
Written by Dr Christalla Yakinthou. Lebanon has always been a complicated jigsaw, but despite years of war, regional conflict, and meddling in its affairs, it has displayed a tremendous ability to absorb tension. But the threads that hold this fragile country together are rapidly starting to fray.
Date:
09/02/2015

Interview with Robert Jervis

Interview with Robert Jervis
Description
Read Nicholas Wheeler's interview with Robert Jervis to explore the early influences on Jervis' career. The interview includes his time working with Thomas Schelling and Erving Goffman, that led to his path-breaking 1970 book, The Logic of Images in International Relations, and his more widely known (although according to Jervis himself less original) Perception and Misperception in International Politics.
Date:
09/02/2015

The Importance of Being Earnest: The P5 Process and the 2015 NPT Review Conference

The Importance of Being Earnest: The P5 Process and the 2015 NPT Review Conference
Description
Written by Ana Alecsandru. August 2015 will mark the 70th anniversary of the dropping of two atomic bombs, on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. While the risk of nuclear war may be low in today's world, contemporary scenarios and risks, such as state failure or a terrorist takeover, present new dangers that increase the possibility of inadvertent or accidental nuclear use.
Date:
04/02/2015

Podcast: International Relations: All That Matters

Podcast: International Relations: All That Matters
Description
The talk introduced Professor Ken Booth's latest book, which seeks to provide an accessible but sophisticated understanding of international relations for those with no specialised knowledge of the field (which is almost everybody in the world).
Date:
30/01/2015
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences

Sex and Gender in Drone Pilot Interviews

Sex and Gender in Drone Pilot Interviews
Description
Written by Lindsay Murch. For a recent Social Research Methods assignment I undertook a (brief) discourse analysis of drone pilots' accounts of their experiences as published in the media. The question I wanted to try to answer was: In what ways are drone pilots' accounts of their experiences gendered?
Date:
28/01/2015

Former Assistant Chief of MI6 to deliver Keynote at the ICCS Easter School

Former Assistant Chief of MI6 to deliver Keynote at the ICCS Easter School
Description
Nigel Inkster, Director of Transnational Threats and Political Risk at the IISS, will deliver the keynote lecture on the Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation training programme, which runs from 13-17 April. Nigel served for 31 years in the British Secret intelligence Service (SIS) with postings in Asia, Latin America and Europe.
Date:
27/01/2015

Ukraine sliding towards all-out war despite mediation efforts

Ukraine sliding towards all-out war despite mediation efforts
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff. Over the past few days, Ukraine has taken a significant turn for the worse. Fighting between rebels and government forces has intensified, the civilian death toll has increased, and the war of words between Ukraine and Russia has further escalated
Date:
26/01/2015

Job opportunities in the ICCS

Job opportunities in the ICCS
Description
The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) is seeking to appoint a Lecturer and a Research Fellow in the area of International Relations and Psychology. The post-holders will conduct cutting edge research that crosses the boundaries between International Relations, security, and psychology.
Date:
26/01/2015

Podcast: Trust, technology and salvation: An investigation of President Reagan's nuclear speech

Podcast: Trust, technology and salvation: An investigation of President Reagan's nuclear speech
Description
Laura Considine is a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Leeds. She received her PhD in International Politics from Aberystwyth University in 2014 and was a John W. Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress in Washington DC in 2011.
Date:
21/01/2015
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences

Obama's National Security Strategy: Predicting US Policy in the Context of Changing Worldviews

Obama's National Security Strategy: Predicting US Policy in the Context of Changing Worldviews
Description
Written by Dr Adam Quinn. While the National Security Strategy (NSS) is a good predictor of an administration's policy, its declared strategic priorities are necessarily tempered by external reality.
Date:
19/01/2015
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