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Chair of Birmingham Policy Commission writes to Foreign Secretary
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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
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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
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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
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'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

Podcast: Russia and the West since 1991: a tale of growing distrust

Podcast: Russia and the West since 1991: a tale of growing distrust
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The high level of trust that had been constructed between western and Soviet leaders in the late 1980s and early 1990s was not sustained when western leaders had to face an independent Russia, even though the new Russia began with every intention of transforming itself into a full participating member of the international institutions set up after 1945 to keep the peace. However, Russians – not just their government – had come to view international institutions with profound distrust as having deceived them in both the economic and diplomatic spheres.
Date:
20/11/2014
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences

Deciphering Obama's letter to the Supreme Leader

Deciphering Obama's letter to the Supreme Leader
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Written by Joshua Baker and Nicholas J Wheeler. Earlier this week, it was reported by The Wall Street Journal that President Barack Obama had sent a secret letter to the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, urging him to accept the terms of a comprehensive agreement with the United States and other major world powers on the issue of Iran's nuclear programme.
Date:
17/11/2014

UK and other states must set out clear policy to prevent development of killer robots

UK and other states must set out clear policy to prevent development of killer robots
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According to a new report for Article 36, there is an increasing trend towards weapons systems with autonomous functions, including the ability to detect and attack targets without a human operator.
Date:
17/11/2014

After the Security Impact of Drones

After the Security Impact of Drones
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Anna Thomas, researcher for the All Parliamentary Group on Drones, has written an article analysing the latest Birmingham Policy Commission's report.
Date:
12/11/2014

An initial response to the report of the Birmingham Policy Commission on Drones

An initial response to the report of the Birmingham Policy Commission on Drones
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Chris Cole, from Drones UK, writes an initial response to the report of the Birmingham Policy Commission on Drones.
Date:
11/11/2014

Feeling better about 'drones' shouldn't make us feel easy about war

Feeling better about 'drones' shouldn't make us feel easy about war
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Professor Sir Michael Aaronson, Director of the Centre for International Intervention, has written his response to the Birmingham Policy Commission's report on Drones.
Date:
11/11/2014

Proposal for UK policy on drone use

Proposal for UK policy on drone use
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The recent Birmingham Policy Commission on 'The Security Impact of Drones: Challenges and Opportunities for the UK' has been cited in a new Parliametary Early Day Motion, calling on the Government to distinguish UK practice and protect UK personnel.
Date:
10/11/2014

Robert Keohane delivers lecture at the University of Birmingham

Robert Keohane delivers lecture at the University of Birmingham
Description
Leading International Relations (IR) scholar, Robert Keohane (Princeton), visited Birmingham last week (29 October 2014) and delivered a lecture as part of the POLSIS Seminar Series.
Date:
07/11/2014
Categories:
Social Sciences, Students

Podcast: UK drones in the spotlight

Podcast: UK drones in the spotlight
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Nicholas J. Wheeler, one of several expert Commissioners who produced 'The Security Impact of Drones: Challenges and Opportunities for the UK' last month, talks about the new report to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
Date:
06/11/2014

ICCS attends breakfast briefing in Brussels

ICCS attends breakfast briefing in Brussels
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To coincide with the launch of the Sixth Birmingham Policy Commission on the security impact of drones, UoB Commission members Professor Nicholas J Wheeler, Professor David H Dunn and Professor Stefan Wolff delivered the ICCS' first breakfast briefing in Brussels.
Date:
06/11/2014

The Parades Commission and legitimacy

The Parades Commission and legitimacy
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Written by Dawn Walsh. While the summer of 2014 was marked by a surprisingly quiet 'marching season' the issue of parades remains a controversial one in Northern Ireland. The difficulties and disputes around Parades by the Loyal Orders, predominantly the Orange Order, can be seen as a cultural manifestation of a constitutional conflict, which has been managed but not resolved by the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.
Date:
04/11/2014

Podcast: Hobbes's Dilemma and the Liberal Quest for World Order

Podcast: Hobbes's Dilemma and the Liberal Quest for World Order
Description
A joint POLSIS/ICCS distinguished lecture given by one of the world's leading experts on international relations. Chair: Dr Tim Haughton (POLSIS/CREES), Speaker: Robert O. Keohane (Princeton University), Discussant: Professor Nicholas Wheeler (ICCS, University of Birmingham).
Date:
30/10/2014
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences

What does Kobane mean for the international community?

What does Kobane mean for the international community?
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Written by Kanar Talabani. For local groups of Kurdish fighters keeping IS at bay, the numbers of IS fighters flooding into the town has created a significant drain on resources. Whilst accepting hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees escaping the Syrian civil war, thousands of Arab refugees fleeing IS clashes in Iraq, and thousands of Yezidi Kurds fleeing IS capture, Iraqi Kurdistan now faces the prospect of accepting refugees from Kobani.
Date:
29/10/2014

Pro-Western bloc set for majority in elections that expose deep divisions in Ukraine

Pro-Western bloc set for majority in elections that expose deep divisions in Ukraine
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Written by Stefan Wolff and Tatyana Malyarenko. Ukrainians have voted for a new parliament. The exit polls, in line with earlier predictions, indicate that the Petro Poroshenko Bloc – which also includes the UDAR party of Kiev's mayor, former boxing champion Vitali Klichko – came out on top (predicted to achieve around 23% of the vote), but will need partners to form a stable coalition that will give Poroshenko a majority in parliament.
Date:
27/10/2014

'Make the case for drones as a key part of an integrated UK security policy', urge leading practitioners and academics

'Make the case for drones as a key part of an integrated UK security policy', urge leading practitioners and academics
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Drone technology, both civil and military, under proper legal regulation, can continue to deliver 'significant benefits' for the UK's national security policy and economy in the coming decades. That is the conclusion of a new University of Birmingham Policy Commission Report which launches today
Date:
22/10/2014

The Report Episode 96

The Report Episode 96
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Paul Schulte, ICCS Honorary Professor, talks to Islam Channel TV about Drone attacks in Pakistan.
Date:
21/10/2014
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Deciphering Obama's letter to the Supreme Leader

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Written by Joshua Baker and Nicholas J Wheeler. Earlier this week, it was reported by The Wall Street Journal that President Barack Obama had sent a secret letter to the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, urging him to accept the terms of a comprehensive agreement with the United States and other major world powers on the issue of Iran's nuclear programme.

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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.