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ICCS welcomes new work experience placements

ICCS welcomes new work experience placements
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The ICCS would like to welcome Federica de Pantz, Charlie Sainsbury and Paula Stoleru as our new work experience placements over the summer. All three will work closely with researchers in the ICCS research network, where they will play an integral role in supporting a number of cutting-edge research projects and proposals.
Date:
Wednesday 1st July 2015

Day of terror reminds us that extremism must be a problem shared

Day of terror reminds us that extremism must be a problem shared
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Written by Professor Stefan Wolff. Nearly 100 people are dead and many more injured after three terrorist attacks that unfolded within hours of each other on June 26. Among the victims were Shi'a worshippers at the Imam Sadiq Mosque in Kuwait, tourists at a beach resort in Tunisia and employees at a gas plant in Lyon, France.
Date:
Monday 29th June 2015

Honorary Professor comments on recent Afghan attack

Honorary Professor comments on recent Afghan attack
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Paul Schulte, Honorary Professor at the ICCS, talks to Islam Channel TV about the recent Taliban attack on the Afghan Parliament.
Date:
Monday 29th June 2015

Birmingham Policy Commission cited in Parliamentary Early Day Motion

Birmingham Policy Commission cited in Parliamentary Early Day Motion
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The Birmingham Policy Commission has been cited in a Parliamentary Early Day Motion, which calls on the government to address the issue of drone use as part of UK defence strategy.
Date:
Tuesday 23rd June 2015

Birmingham academics present research findings in Parliament

Birmingham academics present research findings in Parliament
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Leading academics from the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security presented findings from their research project on 'The Political Effects of UAVs' to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Drones.
Date:
Friday 19th June 2015

Dr Nicholas Wright Contributes to Pentagon Joint Staff Whitepaper

Dr Nicholas Wright Contributes to Pentagon Joint Staff Whitepaper
Description
On 15th June, a Pentagon Joint Staff Whitepaper was launched on Decision-making across the Span of Human Activity. Nicholas Wright, Senior Research Fellow at the ICCS, co-edited, contributed and spoke on a virtual panel broadcast to many across the US Government and strategic community.
Date:
Thursday 18th June 2015

Cyber threats and the challenge of de-alerting US and Russian nuclear forces

Cyber threats and the challenge of de-alerting US and Russian nuclear forces
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Written by Dr Andrew Futter. A quarter of a century after the end of the Cold War, both the United States and Russia retain a significant number of nuclear weapons on "hair-trigger" alert, able to launch up to 1,800 warheads towards their designated targets in a matter of minutes.
Date:
Tuesday 16th June 2015

Living with the Shadows of the Past: The Impact of Disappearance on Wives of the Missing in Lebanon

Living with the Shadows of the Past: The Impact of Disappearance on Wives of the Missing in Lebanon
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Written by Dr Christalla Yakinthou. This report examines the impact on women of enforced disappearances committed during Lebanon's civil war, focusing in particular on the effects on wives of the missing or disappeared—and their children.
Date:
Wednesday 10th June 2015

Pilots, Playstations and Predators: a review of 'Drone'

Pilots, Playstations and Predators: a review of 'Drone'
Description
Written by Lindsay Murch. On the 9th of April 2015 I went to see the Drone Documentary at the Doc House at the Curzon in London. I've been following the progress of the documentary by Tonje Hessen Schei for many months and was looking forward to the opportunity not only to see it in full but also to the Q&A session with Hessen Schei and Chris Woods.
Date:
Tuesday 9th June 2015

The Security Impact of Drones

The Security Impact of Drones
Description
Written by Dr Chris Wyatt. With the introduction of new, modern technologies, the question is often asked of their benefits weighed against the costs if deployment and use. Drones, or Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) are no different and the last few years have seen an intense debate on the merits of their use.
Date:
Monday 8th June 2015

Nuclear Futures after the #NPT2015

Nuclear Futures after the #NPT2015
Description
Written by Dr Anthony Burke. Watching global governance fail is a sobering thing. The 9th Review Conference of the NPT ended late in the evening of Friday 22 May with no final outcome document - no frank assessment of progress, no benchmarks, and no plans.
Date:
Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Post-traumatic stress disorder is higher in drone operators

Post-traumatic stress disorder is higher in drone operators
Description
Written by Rebecca Hawkes. Drone operators – the pilots who go to war by "remote control", often experiencing combat thousands of miles away from their targets – might not conform to the traditional image of the battle-weary warrior, but they can suffer higher levels of post-traumatic stress disorder than many conventional bomber crew members, according to the aviation expert Peter Gray.
Date:
Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation - 13-17 April 2015

Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation - 13-17 April 2015
Description
The 2015 programme focused 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. The programme examined a number of historical and contemporary examples of successful (and unsuccessful) face-to-face diplomatic encounters. In doing so, it explored the psychological context of how individuals signal intention, detect deception and assess the trustworthiness (or otherwise) of their diplomatic counterparts.
Date:
Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Podcast: Violence, Civilization and Humanity

Podcast: Violence, Civilization and Humanity
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Speaker: Professor Andrew Linklater (Aberystwyth University). The ICCS Distinguished Lecture Series continues on the 18th May with a talk from Professor Andrew Linklater, arguably one of the 50 key thinkers writing in the field of International Relations today. Professor Linklater will discuss his recent research on 'Violence, Civilization and Humanity'.
Date:
Friday 22nd May 2015

Podcast: Take A Chance: Trust-Building Across Identity Groups

Podcast: Take A Chance: Trust-Building Across Identity Groups
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Speaker: Professor Andrew Kydd (University of Wisconsin). Trust is central to cooperation and it is often taken for granted that trust is higher among members of an identity group than between groups. However, apart from assimilation or creating new overarching identities, we lack a compelling explanation for trust-building.
Date:
Friday 22nd May 2015

Macedonia: a precarious moment

Macedonia: a precarious moment
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Written by Dr Dawn Walsh. Fatal violence and political crises have recently drawn international attention to Macedonia. The deaths of 22 people in Macedonia on May 10th in a police operation allegedly against 'terrorist' Albanian Kosovo Liberation Army, and a continuing political crisis sparked by opposition allegations of wire-tapping, cover-ups, political control of the judiciary and electoral officials risk becoming the opening shots in another ethnic conflict in the Balkans.
Date:
Monday 18th May 2015

Drone Warfare: Towards International Standards and Norms

Drone Warfare: Towards International Standards and Norms
Description
Prof David H Dunn recently attended an international conference on drone warfare as an invited speaker. The conference, organised and funded jointly by the Stimson Center and the Heinrich Boell Foundation (North America), took place in Washington DC in April
Date:
Monday 18th May 2015

Dr Peter Gray to deliver keynote at Royal Aeronautical Society Conference

Dr Peter Gray to deliver keynote at Royal Aeronautical Society Conference
Description
Dr Peter Gray will be delivering a keynote talk on the theme of 'Delivering Weapon System Effects: The Contrast Between Piloted and Remotely-Piloted Platforms' on 2nd June 2015. If you would like to attend the conference please ensure you register before the 28th May.
Date:
Monday 18th May 2015

The Disarmament Puzzle at #NPT2015

The Disarmament Puzzle at #NPT2015
Description
This week's blog from Dr Anthony Burke looks at the 'big' disarmament proposals put forth at the NPT, and questions recent nuclear posture, policy and doctrine that are a silent cancer at the heart of the disarmament process.
Date:
Wednesday 13th May 2015

Global Networks Statement on the 2015 NPT Review Conference

Global Networks Statement on the 2015 NPT Review Conference
Description
Lord Des Browne, a member of the ICCS Nuclear Ethics Advisory Group, has joined a number of leading experts in calling for a successful Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)
Date:
Wednesday 6th May 2015
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