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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
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

Britain open to terrorist drone attacks due to lax aviation rules, experts fear

Britain open to terrorist drone attacks due to lax aviation rules, experts fear
Description
Written by Jamie Merrill. Terrorists could use swarms of drones to bring down passenger aircraft, disperse chemical or biological weapons and target a nuclear power plants in Britain because of our lax aviation rules.
Date:
27/01/2015

Drones and the Counter-Terrorism Bill

Drones and the Counter-Terrorism Bill
Description
Written by Anna Thomas. Yesterday, Lord Admiral West of Spithead, APPG member and former Under-Secretary of State responsible for security, moved an amendment to the Counter-Terrorism Bill: a new clause headed 'Unmanned aerial vehicles.'
Date:
27/01/2015

Former Deputy Director of MI6 to deliver Keynote at the ICCS Easter School

Former Deputy Director 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

Birmingham Airport is 'ideal target' for terror drone attack

Birmingham Airport is 'ideal target' for terror drone attack
Description
Security expert Professor David H Dunn says airport has several factors which could make it ideal for terrorists attempting to fly a drone into a plane's engines
Date:
26/01/2015

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

Pakistan puts justice into military hands as Taliban vows more attacks on children

Pakistan puts justice into military hands as Taliban vows more attacks on children
Description
Written by Talat Farooq. Ever since Taliban militants murdered 153 people, many of them school children, in cold blood on December 16 2014, the country has been grappling with the question of how to kickstart its justice system in response
Date:
13/01/2015

A world without NATO

A world without NATO
Description
Professor Mark Webber's inaugural lecture argues that while a world without NATO is a possibility, such an eventuality would be an undesirable, even a dangerous, outcome.
Date:
12/01/2015

The ICCS welcomes Dr Marcus Holmes as an Honorary Fellow

The ICCS welcomes Dr Marcus Holmes as an Honorary Fellow
Description
The ICCS is delighted to welcome Dr Marcus Holmes, who will be joining us as an Honorary Research Fellow. Dr Holmes is director of the Political Psychology and International Relations (PPIR) lab, and co-director of the Social Science Research Methods Centre (SSRMC) at William and Mary College.
Date:
07/01/2015

TED Talk: The Path to ending ethnic conflicts

TED Talk: The Path to ending ethnic conflicts
Description
Professor Stefan Wolff discusses a number of civil wars and ethnic conflicts, drawing upon critical lessons from Northern Ireland, Liberia, Timor and more to show that leadership, diplomacy and institutional design are our three most effective weapons in waging peace.
Date:
06/01/2015

TEDx Talk: Reaching out to enemy communities after conflict

TEDx Talk: Reaching out to enemy communities after conflict
Description
Dr Christalla Yakinthou, Birmingham Fellow in the Department of Political Science and International Relations (POLSIS) discusses the importance of "Reaching out to enemy communities after conflict".
Date:
06/01/2015

Pakistan school attack: years of inaction on terror led to this atrocity

Pakistan school attack: years of inaction on terror led to this atrocity
Description
Written by Talat Farooq. The shock waves from a brutal terror attack that claimed the lives of more than 130 children in the northern Pakistani city of Peshawar are being felt around the world.
Date:
05/01/2015

Chair of Birmingham Policy Commission writes to Foreign Secretary
Description
Professor Sir David Omand, Chair of the Birmingham Policy Commission on the Security Impact of Drones , co-signed a letter to Philip Hammond on the 19th November, calling for the Foreign Secretary to disclose intelligence relating to individuals who are at risk of targeted lethal strikes outside traditional battlefields.
Date:
10/12/2014

Podcast: Ethics in Syria: Analysing the International Response

Podcast: Ethics in Syria: Analysing the International Response
Description
The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security, in conjunction with the Centre for Global Ethics, organised this timely panel discussion of the ongoing crisis in Syria. Leading academics and human rights activists convened a panel to discuss the ethics of responding to the crisis in Syria.
Date:
09/12/2014
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences

ICCS blog competition returns

ICCS blog competition returns
Description
In conjunction with our 2015 training programme in Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation, The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) is running another competition to see who can produce the best article for our blog site this year, on the theme of 'Conflict Transformation: Challenges and Solutions'
Date:
08/12/2014

ICCS 'Easter School' now open for booking

ICCS 'Easter School' now open for booking
Description
'Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation' is a unique five day training programme offered by the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) at the University of Birmingham. It provides participants with the opportunity to learn about multi-disciplinary approaches to building trust in practical negotiating scenarios. This year's theme will focus on how diplomats and negotiators can better develop empathy and trust through face-to-face encounters, and how this approach can lead to greater levels of success in transforming global conflicts.
Date:
08/12/2014
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Sex and Gender in Drone Pilot Interviews

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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?

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Latest ICCS Brief

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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.