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ICCS hosts latest Breakfast Briefing: 'Russia: What Next?'

ICCS hosts latest Breakfast Briefing: 'Russia: What Next?'
Description
For the latest ICCS Briefing, Professor Mark Webber, Professor Stefan Wolff and Dr. Derek Averre travelled to the West Midlands European Centre in Brussels, and to the RUSI in London, to engage with policymakers and practitioners on the issue of Russia's foreign relations after recent developments in Ukraine.
Date:
18/02/2015

Lebanon is cracking under the pressure from Syria and Iraq

Lebanon is cracking under the pressure from Syria and Iraq
Description
Written by Dr Christalla Yakinthou. Lebanon has always been a complicated jigsaw, but despite years of war, regional conflict, and meddling in its affairs, it has displayed a tremendous ability to absorb tension. But the threads that hold this fragile country together are rapidly starting to fray.
Date:
09/02/2015

Interview with Robert Jervis

Interview with Robert Jervis
Description
Read Nicholas Wheeler's interview with Robert Jervis to explore the early influences on Jervis' career. The interview includes his time working with Thomas Schelling and Erving Goffman, that led to his path-breaking 1970 book, The Logic of Images in International Relations, and his more widely known (although according to Jervis himself less original) Perception and Misperception in International Politics.
Date:
09/02/2015

The Importance of Being Earnest: The P5 Process and the 2015 NPT Review Conference

The Importance of Being Earnest: The P5 Process and the 2015 NPT Review Conference
Description
Written by Ana Alecsandru. August 2015 will mark the 70th anniversary of the dropping of two atomic bombs, on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. While the risk of nuclear war may be low in today's world, contemporary scenarios and risks, such as state failure or a terrorist takeover, present new dangers that increase the possibility of inadvertent or accidental nuclear use.
Date:
04/02/2015

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
Written by Lindsay Murch. 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

Former Assistant Chief of MI6 to deliver Keynote at the ICCS Easter School

Former Assistant Chief 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

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

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

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

Podcast: NATO after the Wales Summit

Podcast: NATO after the Wales Summit
Description
In response to the crisis in Ukraine, NATO's recent summit in Newport, Wales marked a seeming return to a traditional agenda of reassurance and deterrence. NATO has taken measures to shore up the defence of its eastern allies, but to what extent does the Alliance remain a useful tool of multilateral security cooperation in an era of defence austerity, cyber-attack and the collapse of order in Syria and Iraq? How important is NATO for American and British foreign policy? And what hope is their for a continuing dialogue with Russia? These issues were addressed by experts at this event.
Date:
26/11/2014
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences

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

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