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Podcast: The Security Impact of Drone Warfare

Podcast: The Security Impact of Drone Warfare
Description
From counter-terrorism operations in Afghanistan, to Amazon delivery services, the use (and ownership) of drone technology has major implications for domestic and international security. But what are the legal and ethical implications of this technology, and can drones ever be fully autonomous? Join leading experts for a topical and timely debate on the civilian and military use of drones.
Date:
18/09/2014
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences

Why 'fools rush in' is Obama's watchword in Iraq and Syria

Why 'fools rush in' is Obama's watchword in Iraq and Syria
Description
Written by Adam Quinn. US president Barack Obama has yet to work out exactly what America's strategy is in confronting Islamic State (IS), and has been foolish enough to say so in public. Cue the foreseeable torrent of point-scoring from opponents.
Date:
15/09/2014

You can't keep emotions out of the Israel-Palestine issue, so don't try

You can't keep emotions out of the Israel-Palestine issue, so don't try
Description
Written by Naomi Head. While an open-ended ceasefire agreement is currently holding between Israel and the Palestinian factions, it is clear that the rule of international law has failed in Gaza. The international community did little to prevent the deaths of more than 2,100 Palestinians –- mostly civilians – and the destruction of countless buildings, homes and core infrastructure.
Date:
03/09/2014

October work experience placements available

October work experience placements available
Description
At the ICCS we have a number of work placements who support our high-profile research and events throughout the year. Joining the ICCS provides an excellent opportunity for those considering a research-based career in security, or even further academic studies; experts across the ICCS provide mentoring and support at all times.
Date:
03/09/2014

NATO Must Look Forward to the Past

NATO Must Look Forward to the Past
Description
Written by Mark Webber and Heidi Reisinger. NATO's intent to follow America's lead and pivot towards Asia is illogical and unrealistic. The Ukraine crisis has served to bang their heads together and remind them that although the connection to the US is crucial, NATO business is in Europe.
Date:
02/09/2014

Opening Salvo: scrutiny, surveillance and shifting perspectives in George Brant's Grounded

Opening Salvo: scrutiny, surveillance and shifting perspectives in George Brant's Grounded
Description
Written by Catherine Edwards. The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security is running two events as part of the British Science Festival in September. The first of these takes place at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre on Saturday 6th September, and coincides with the regional tour of George Brant's Grounded, an electrifying new play about a female drone pilot
Date:
01/09/2014

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
Description
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
Description
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
Description
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
Description
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'
Description
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
Description
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
Description
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
Description
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

Description
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
Description
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
Description
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
Description
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
Description
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
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Opening Salvo: scrutiny, surveillance and shifting perspectives in George Brant's Grounded

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Written by Catherine Edwards. The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security is running two events as part of the British Science Festival in September. The first of these takes place at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre on Saturday 6th September, and coincides with the regional tour of George Brant's Grounded, an electrifying new play about a female drone pilot

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Latest ICCS Brief

ICCS Brief Volume 2 Issue 1

Description
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.