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Workshop report: 'Face-to-face Diplomacy and Interpersonal Trust in IR'

Workshop report: 'Face-to-face Diplomacy and Interpersonal Trust in IR'
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Written by Catherine Edwards. At the end of March, the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) hosted a visit from Dr Marcus Holmes, Assistant Professor of Government at the College of William & Mary, who, in 2014, became an Honorary Research Fellow in Social Neuroscience and International Relations at the ICCS. The visit culminated in a workshop on Saturday 28th March, on 'Face-to-face Diplomacy and Interpersonal Trust in IR', which looked in depth at chapters from Dr Holmes' current work-in-progress, and also from Professor Nicholas J Wheeler's forthcoming book, 'Trusting Enemies'.
Date:
Wednesday 6th May 2015

Deaths in the Mediterranean are a direct result of ongoing crisis in north Africa

Deaths in the Mediterranean are a direct result of ongoing crisis in north Africa
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Written by Professor Paul Jackson. The rapid escalation this year in the numbers of people drowned as they flee in leaky boats across the Mediterranean is a direct consequence of the conflict in Iraq, Syria and north Africa, specifically Libya – where the implications of the Western intervention are playing out in the deaths of thousands, whether from the violence itself or as they try desperately to escape to safety.
Date:
Wednesday 6th May 2015

ICCS goes to the #NPT2015

ICCS goes to the #NPT2015
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The ICCS is in New York City to observe the negotiations and conduct research for our ESRC/AHRC funded project, "Nuclear Ethics and Global Security: Reforming the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime". Anthony Burke will be blogging weekly on the conference.
Date:
Tuesday 5th May 2015

Obama, the Supreme Leader, and the "Trust" to Deliver a Nuclear Deal

Obama, the Supreme Leader, and the "Trust" to Deliver a Nuclear Deal
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Written by Professor Nicholas Wheeler. Speaking at a press conference on 9 February with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Obama said that the negotiators must overcome a "huge trust deficit" to reach a nuclear deal.
Date:
Wednesday 22nd April 2015

The creeping autonomy of lethal weapons

The creeping autonomy of lethal weapons
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Written by Professor David H Dunn. The increased use of armed drones for targeted killing in counter-terrorism operations has drawn a great deal of critical attention from the international community.
Date:
Wednesday 15th April 2015

Trident: To Renew or Not to Renew

Trident: To Renew or Not to Renew
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Paul Schulte, Honorary Professor at the ICCS, takes part in a panel discussion on the renewal of Trident at the SOAS Policy Forum.
Date:
Wednesday 15th April 2015

The Iraqi offensive against IS

The Iraqi offensive against IS
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Paul Schulte, Honorary Professor at the ICCS, talks to Islam Channel TV about the recent Iraqi offensive against IS
Date:
Wednesday 15th April 2015

Germanwings crash: the ins and outs of the two-person rule

Germanwings crash: the ins and outs of the two-person rule
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Written by Daniel Rio Tinto. As evidence mounts that Germanwings flight 4U9525 was crashed deliberately by its co-pilot who locked the flight's captain out of the cockpit, there have been renewed calls to enforce a "two-person rule", where two members of the flight crew are on the flight deck at all times
Date:
Monday 13th April 2015

Trident wars are more political posturing than dawn of a nuclear-free age

Trident wars are more political posturing than dawn of a nuclear-free age
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Written by Dr Andrew Futter and Dr Anthony Hopkins. The key decision on whether or not to replace the submarines that carry the Trident nuclear weapons system will have to be made almost immediately by the next UK government.
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Monday 13th April 2015

ICCS hosts latest Breakfast Briefing: 'Nuclear Negotiations with Iran: Past, Present, and Future'

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The latest ICCS 'Breakfast Briefing' saw Professors Nicholas Wheeler, Scott Lucas and Dr Adam Quinn joined by historian and investigative journalist, Gareth Porter, to discuss the ongoing international negotiations regarding Iran's nuclear programme at Chatham House.
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Thursday 26th March 2015

Researching Drones: Perspectives, Practicalities, and Problems

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The ICCS, in conjunction with War Studies and the Royal Aeronautical Society, will be hosting a workshop 15th September 2015 looking at "Perspectives, Practicalities and Problems" in relation to research on drones and will include presentations by guest speaker Dr Peter Lee.
Date:
Wednesday 25th March 2015

Podcast: Making sense of the Afghan Taliban and why they still matter

Podcast: Making sense of the Afghan Taliban and why they still matter
Description
The talk by Michael Semple provided an introduction to the thinking and politics of the Afghan Taliban Movement. It suggested that flawed understanding of the movement by other conflict actors has helped prolong the conflict in Afghanistan. It explored linkages between the Afghan conflict and the broader conflict in the Middle East and South Asia and consider the prospects for conflict transformation in Afghanistan. Michael drew on his experience as a UN and EU official and as a mediator as well as current research.
Date:
Wednesday 11th March 2015

New book on 'The Politics of Nuclear Weapons'

New book on 'The Politics of Nuclear Weapons'
Description
Dr Andrew Futter, Senior Lecturer at the University of Leicester and an Honorary Research Fellow at the ICCS, has written an excellent new book on The Politics of Nuclear Weapons. The book aims is to provide an accessible introduction to the political, technical and strategic aspects of nuclear weapons.
Date:
Wednesday 4th March 2015

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:
Wednesday 18th February 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:
Monday 9th February 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:
Monday 9th February 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:
Wednesday 4th February 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:
Friday 30th January 2015

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:
Wednesday 28th January 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:
Tuesday 27th January 2015
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