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Telling 'Noble and Good Men from the Rest': UAVs and the Prisoner taken at Sphacteria

Telling 'Noble and Good Men from the Rest': UAVs and the Prisoner taken at Sphacteria
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Written by CM Wyatt. The situation of soldiers coming under fire and attack from other soldiers incurring risk of injury or death has, to some degree, been considered to be something of a fair fight. As we look to the ongoing centenary of the Great War, we also look back to a period where that element of fairness characterised, for the most part, the war that was fought.
Date:
20/08/2014

Inside Donetsk, a city at war, while the jaw-jaw over Ukraine continues

Inside Donetsk, a city at war, while the jaw-jaw over Ukraine continues
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Written by Stefan Wolff. The past few days have seen another round of the seemingly endless cycle of escalation and de-escalation that has characterised the crisis in Ukraine for several months. The Ukrainian government has claimed military successes against separatist rebels and Russian forces. The Kremlin has denied any incursion into Ukrainian territory, which was, however, confirmed by NATO and journalists.
Date:
19/08/2014

ICCS Brief Volume 2 Issue 1

ICCS Brief Volume 2 Issue 1
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After a brief hiatus, we are pleased to announce that volume two of the ICCS brief has arrived.We have another fascinating collection of short articles reflecting instances of both conflict and cooperation across the globe.
Date:
06/08/2014

Some are more equal than others: responses to political violence

Some are more equal than others: responses to political violence
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written by Naomi Head. While it is true that the US has, for once, signed up to a UN Security Council statement which calls for an "immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire", this might still be considered a tactical step to prevent more strongly worded resolutions against Israel being proposed in the Security Council.
Date:
04/08/2014

New MOOC staring soon: 'World War 1: Aviation Comes of Age'

New MOOC staring soon: 'World War 1: Aviation Comes of Age'
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A new MOOC led by Dr. Peter Gray starts on the 20th October. 'World War 1: Aviation comes of age' investigates how the white heat of innovation in World War One shaped the history of human flight.
Date:
28/07/2014

Thaw in UK-Iran relations will depend on Rouhani's actions, not his words, say MPs

Thaw in UK-Iran relations will depend on Rouhani's actions, not his words, say MPs
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Written by Adam Quinn. The House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee's new report on policy towards Iran contains no surprises – startling new departures aren't in the nature of such documents – but does help crystallise a couple of important features of the present posture of the Western coalition's posture towards Iran.
Date:
15/07/2014

When chemical weapons killed 90,000

When chemical weapons killed 90,000
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Written by Paul Schulte. World War I ushered in an era of chemical weapons use that lingers, lethally, into the present day. Indeed, the German chlorine attacks against French, Algerian, British and Canadian troops around Ypres -- site of the war's most relentless fighting -- in April 1915 presaged a world in which weapons of mass destruction became at least a permanent background anxiety and often a source of intense terror.
Date:
14/07/2014

Drones Colloquium at the University of Lincoln

Drones Colloquium at the University of Lincoln
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Late last month, the University of Lincoln hosted 'As Above, So Below' – a colloquium organised by the 21st Century Research Group in order to explore prominent issues surrounding 'drone culture'. Academics, writers, artists and performers from across the globe gathered to discuss the social and conceptual implications of unmanned aircraft.
Date:
01/07/2014

New jobs available at the ICCS

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In partnership with the School of Psychology the ICCS is seeking to appoint a series of new posts. This exciting opportunity will contribute to advancing the work of the ICCS in establishing the University of Birmingham as one of Europe's leading centres for interdisciplinary security expertise.
Date:
20/06/2014

Funded PhD Studentship: Cybersecurity

Funded PhD Studentship: Cybersecurity
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The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) invites applications for a 3-year studentship to undertake a PhD within the area of Cybersecurity and global politics.
Date:
19/06/2014
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences, Students, Teaching

Funded PhD Studentship: Social Neuroscience and Security

Funded PhD Studentship: Social Neuroscience and Security
Description
The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) invites applications for a 3-year studentship to undertake a PhD within the area of Social Neuroscience and Security.
Date:
19/06/2014
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences, Students, Teaching

From Distrust to Trust in Adversarial Relationships

From Distrust to Trust in Adversarial Relationships
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These blogs were written by Professor Nicholas Wheeler as part of his contribution to the 'Saving Humans' blog. Wheeler's blogs showcase the development of his research from the book he published with Ken Booth in 2008, on the security dilemma, to the new book he is writing, Trusting Enemies.
Date:
10/06/2014

A deal on Iran's nuclear plans could kill crucial new alliances

A deal on Iran's nuclear plans could kill crucial new alliances
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Written by Andrew Futter and Stephen Ellis. The conventional wisdom holds that a deal with Iran over its hotly disputed nuclear programme would be a good thing. As Syria continues its meltdown and other unstable neighbouring countries show little sign of improvement, it seems obvious that stopping the Islamic Republic's pursuit of nuclear weapons is central to the Middle East's future security and stability.
Date:
09/06/2014

Empathy Dynamics in Conflict Transformation (EDiCT) Manual

Empathy Dynamics in Conflict Transformation (EDiCT) Manual
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Written by Lynne Cameron. The EDiCT Manual applies contemporary empathy research to real world conflict situations. It offers ideas for practitioners in conflict transformation, and for anyone dealing with conflict in everyday life.
Date:
09/06/2014

Consultation, Respect, and Inclusivity: DIY Democracy in Turkey

Consultation, Respect, and Inclusivity: DIY Democracy in Turkey
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Written by Christalla Yakinthou. Last week marked the first-year anniversary of the Gezi Park protests in Turkey. The following piece reflects on the protests and their meaning.
Date:
09/06/2014

Moving on

Moving on
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Written by Talat Farooq. "We should... work together for peace, progress and prosperity...We owe it to our people to overcome the legacy of mistrust and misgivings." Thus spoke Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to his Indian counterpart during the one-on-one meeting between the two leaders in New Delhi.
Date:
04/06/2014

The UK and the Changing Character of Conflict and Intervention

The UK and the Changing Character of Conflict and Intervention
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Written by Lindsay Murch. On the 8th of May 2014, a workshop jointly organised by the University of Birmingham, University of Leicester, and King's College London on 'The UK and the Changing Character of Conflict and Intervention' took place at the University of Birmingham. This ESRC funded workshop comprised a series of interesting panels with a range of speakers discussing Global Strategic Trends, the Future Operating Environment, the Changing Character of Conflict, and UK Defence's Role in the Future.
Date:
02/06/2014

'Chocolate King' Poroshenko wins Ukraine presidency but violence continues

'Chocolate King' Poroshenko wins Ukraine presidency but violence continues
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Written by Stefan Wolff. With the outright victory of Petro Poroshenko in Ukraine's presidential elections on May 25 now confirmed, hopes are running high for a new beginning that will deliver a swift way out of a protracted crisis.
Date:
28/05/2014

NATO must take responsibility for spiralling violence in Libya

NATO must take responsibility for spiralling violence in Libya
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Written by Paul Jackson. Libya has drifted out of our news recently, swamped and obscured by other conflicts. But the repercussions of the NATO intervention, and the subsequent failure of any credible central government to control the powerful militias, have led to a series of increasingly serious incidents.
Date:
28/05/2014

Building "A Spiral of Trust" through GRIT

Building "A Spiral of Trust" through GRIT
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Written by Nicholas J Wheeler. Yesterday's blog explored how peaceful/defensive self-images and ideological fundamentalist beliefs can generate security competition, even between states with peaceful motives and intentions. How, then, might a spiral of distrust be substituted for a 'spiral of trust'.
Date:
27/05/2014
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Telling 'Noble and Good Men from the Rest': UAVs and the Prisoner taken at Sphacteria

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Written by CM Wyatt. The situation of soldiers coming under fire and attack from other soldiers incurring risk of injury or death has, to some degree, been considered to be something of a fair fight. As we look to the ongoing centenary of the Great War, we also look back to a period where that element of fairness characterised, for the most part, the war that was fought.

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Latest ICCS Brief

ICCS Brief Volume 2 Issue 1

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After a brief hiatus, we are pleased to announce that volume two of the ICCS brief has arrived.We have another fascinating collection of short articles reflecting instances of both conflict and cooperation across the globe.

The ICCS Brief 1(2)

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In the second issue of the ICCS Brief, we have included a number of articles written by newer members of the Institute. These articles range from the traditional security concerns of nuclear weapons on the Korean peninsula, to the non-traditional everyday security concerns of protestors across the Arab Mediterranean.