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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
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
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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
Description
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
Description
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

Frame-Breaking Conciliatory Moves between Enemies

Frame-Breaking Conciliatory Moves between Enemies
Description
Written by Nicholas J Wheeler. In his 2010 book, How Enemies Become Friends, the US International Relations theorist Charles Kupchan evoked for his readers a scene from the 1990 film, The Hunt for Red October in which captain Marko Ramius (played by Sean Connery) commanding a Soviet ballistic missile submarine wants to defect with his submarine and crew to the United States
Date:
27/05/2014

Face-to-Face Encounters of the Diplomatic Kind

Face-to-Face Encounters of the Diplomatic Kind
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Written by Nicholas J Wheeler. In my final blog today, I want to explore the proposition that I am developing at length in my new book that face-to-face encounters between leaders and top-level diplomats hold out the possibility of building trust across the enemy divide.
Date:
27/05/2014

Psychological Drivers of Distrust Between Adversaries

Psychological Drivers of Distrust Between Adversaries
Description
Written by Nicholas J Wheeler. I concluded yesterday's blog by suggesting that perhaps our values and beliefs lead us astray when it comes to thinking about the possibilities for building trust in International politics. I want to pursue this theme today by exploring two key beliefs that promote distrust, and hence fuel security competition. By contrast with Mearsheimer's structural approach, these beliefs reside in the individual psychology of decision-makers, and the societal narratives that constrain and enable foreign policy decision-making.
Date:
20/05/2014

Trust as a Path to De-Escalation and Frame-Breaking in International Politics

Trust as a Path to De-Escalation and Frame-Breaking in International Politics
Description
Written by Nicholas J Wheeler 'There is little room for trust among states', so wrote the Chicago based professor of International Relations, John Mearsheimer, in his 2001 opus, The Tragedy of Great Power Politics. Trust, Mearsheimer argued, is virtually impossible because states coexist in a condition of international anarchy (defined in the field of International Relations as the absence of a global government) that generates a perpetual competition for security.
Date:
19/05/2014

Professor Wheeler talks about his work on trust-building

Professor Wheeler talks about his work on trust-building
Description
Professor Nicholas J. Wheeler, Director of the ICCS, talks about his work on trust-building and how this links to the Institute's new MSc in Global Cooperation and Security.
Date:
19/05/2014

Mediating the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

Mediating the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process
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Written by Asaf Siniver. This Policy Brief examines the reasons for the continued stalemate of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, which started more than two decades ago. In particular, it assesses the ubiquity of American mediation as an integral part of the peace process and its role in the evolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the early 1990s.
Date:
13/05/2014

New Book: 'The Legacy of the Cold War: Perspectives on Security, Cooperation, and Conflict'

New Book: 'The Legacy of the Cold War: Perspectives on Security, Cooperation, and Conflict'
Description
New Book released on the legacy of the Cold War, featuing a chapter coauthored by Professor Nicholas J Wheeler on: 'Concepts andPractices of Cooperative Security: Building Trust in the International System'
Date:
12/05/2014
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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.

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Latest ICCS Brief

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.

The ICCS Brief 1(1)

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The ICCS is pleased to announce the release of our inaugural newsletter; a compilation of short articles on the most pressing security issues of the day, written by a variety of experts within the Institute. This issue contains a number of articles ranging from Security Sector Reform in Afghanistan, to broader debates on the emerging 'Responsibility to Protect' doctrine.