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ICCS seminar series podcast: Chemically Massacring Civilians
Speaker: Paul Schulte. This talk examines and assesses the effectiveness of emerging international responses to chemical attacks during the Syrian Civil War. It considers historical context, attitudes towards WMD possession and use, and recurrent structural aspects of Great Power interest, affecting the choices and legitimate knowledge available to international organisations.
Research, Social Sciences
ICCS seminar series podcast: Peace Negotiations and Peacebuilding in the Middle East
Peace Negotiations and Peacebuilding in the Middle East: The Role of Religion and Culture in Processes of Reconciliation. Guest Speaker: Professor Kamel Abu Jaber (Director, Jordan Institute for Middle East Studies). Chair: Professor Nicholas Wheeler, Discussants: Professor Stefan Wolff, Dr Josef Boehle, Dr Christalla Yakinthou, Dr Asaf Siniver.
Research, Social Sciences
Pressuring Russia with missile defences is a strategic misfire
Written by Andrew Futter. On 3 April, as a direct consequence of events in Ukraine, US officials announced they would be suspending talks with Russia about NATO ballistic missile defence plans in Europe. They also warned that further ballistic missile defence assets may be deployed to the region in the near future.
ICCS Blog: 'Playstation Mentality: Conflation of Mission and Weapons Platform'
Written by Lindsay Murch. All of the journalistic articles on drone pilots start the same way. They paint a picture of the environment in Nevada- the heat, the air conditioning, the flickering screens, the watching, waiting, and then the sudden orders to release the hellfire missiles.
Despite the rumble of Russian tanks the main weapon in Ukraine is information
Written by Victoria Hudson. "In the information age, success is not merely the result of whose army wins, but also of whose story wins." The words of Harvard scholar Joseph Nye have been borne out in Ukraine. At the moment, the Moscow narrative appears to have the upper hand both in Crimea and in Russia – where the Putin government has moved recently to stifle dissent.
Putin keeps West guessing as Crimea celebrates secession
Written by Stefan Wolff. Following the referendum in Crimea, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has signed a decree recognising the peninsula as a sovereign and independent state. The EU and the US have responded to developments in Simferopol and Moscow by imposing a range of sanctions.
Bags of gold as an anti-corruption strategy?
Written by Dr Heather Marquette. My colleague, Laurence Cooley, and I have just finished a book chapter on 'Corruption and Post-Conflict Reconstruction' for a forthcoming collection, and we wanted to compare three cases to see if any specific lessons can be drawn about what worked, what didn't and why. We chose Bad, Worse and Rock Bottom as our cases – Liberia, Iraq and Afghanistan, partly because we thought they'd be of interest to the most readers, but also because if lessons on corruption can't be drawn from these, well, heaven help us…
Bursaries available for MSc in Global Cooperation and Security
For the Academic year 2014-15, the department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) is pleased to offer a range of full and partial bursaries for both domestic/EU and non-EU students. All applicants for the MSc in Global Cooperation and Security are eligible for these bursaries.
ICCS Blog: 'Particularly Universal: Ethnography, Psychology and Conflict Transformation'
By Donna Baillie. Violent conflicts around the world have repeatedly demonstrated that polarised differences in perceptions of the legitimacy of violence perpetrated by one's own society, as opposed to that of an "other", can prove catastrophic. Traditional political approaches to conflict based on conscious, rational choices made by the actors involved can only go so far in grappling with the issues underlying such differences.
Guest Speakers announced for ICCS training programme
The ICCS is delighted to announce that we will be hosting two distinguished speakers with considerable expertise in diplomacy, as part of our training programme in Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation.
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9th December - ICCS Seminar Series: 'Trauma and the Politics of Fear: Europe at the Crossroads'

2nd December - ICCS Seminar Series: 'Security Cosmopolitanism: Case, Critiques, and Future'

25th November - ICCS Seminar Series: 'Health for Health's Sake, Winning for God's Sake: US medical assistance and smart power strategies in Iraq and Afghanistan'

18th November - ICCS Seminar Series: 'The English School: A Neglected Approach to International Security Studies

4th November - ICCS Seminar Series: 'Empathy Dynamics in Conflict Transformation'

7th October - The New Dark Age: The Decline of Global Systems

26th September - Workshop: 'Responding to Uprising: Urban Security Between Resilience and Resistance'

18th-21st September - Jonna Nyman: 'Ethics, securitisation and energy security: the case of the United States'

2nd August-30th October - Professor Cameron opens exhibition of Paintings on Conflict Transformation

2nd-4th July - Professor Vojtech Mastny to present on Trust and Nuclear Security at the ICCS

25th-26th June - Professor Basrur to present on Cold War Nuclear Rivalries and Indian Security at the ICCS

19th June - Professor Nicholas Wheeler to deliver Keynote speech at this year's BISA-PGN Conference at the University of Birmingham

23rd April - Jacob Diliberto to present at the International Relations and Security Theory Reading Group

15th-16th March - Professor Nicholas Wheeler to present on 'Ken Booth's Theory of World Nuclear Security'

5th March - Arnold Wolfers' 'National Security as an Ambiguous symbol' discussed at the International Relations and Security Theory Reading Group

19th February - Dr. Christopher Finlay to present at the International Relations and Security Theory Reading Group

19th February-23rd April - Updated programme information for the International Relations and Security Theory Reading Group

18th February - Dr Sara Fregonese to present 'Uprising Geographies: Sovereignty, Urbanity, Resilience'

29th January - ICCS to host the Palestinian Ambassador to the UK

16th January - ICCS and POLSIS to host talks by the Israeli Deputy Ambassador to the UK

9th January - Dr. Sebastian Kaempf to present at upcoming departmental seminar


ICCS seminar series podcast: Security Cosmopolitanism: Case, Critiques, and Future
Speakers: Dr Anthony Burke, Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Cooperation, Conflict and Security, and Reader in Political and International Studies at the University of New South Wales, Canberra, Australia.
Dr Naomi Head discusses peace negotiations on BBC Radio Scotland
Dr Naomi Head discusses mediation, empathy and conflict resolution with Irish Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire (on Sunday Morning with Cathy MacDonald - 08:10am 7/7/2013)
Professor Nicholas Wheeler: 'Diplomatic Transformations in International Anarchy' Podcast available
This lecture brings together two key approaches in the field of International Relations – the English School and security dilemma theorizing – to contribute to our understanding of how adversaries can develop cooperation under anarchy.
New Masters module video: Global Cooperation in Practice - Professor Mark Webber
Global Cooperation in Practice examines the practical application of the theories discussed in the first module through the prism of practitioner experience. This new module will be coordinated by Professor Mark Webber and will take the form of a series of guest lectures and breakout sessions delivered by practitioners with extensive experience of global cooperation.
New Masters module video: Theories of Global Cooperation - Professor Nicholas Wheeler
Theories of Global Cooperation taught by Professor Nicholas Wheeler introduces students to a range of theoretical approaches drawing on International Relations scholarship and other cognate disciplines, to investigate both the obstacles to, and possibilities for, ameliorating intractable conflicts.
Vodcasts available for 'Trust, Cooperation and the Global Nuclear Future'
On Tuesday 4th September, the University of Birmingham's Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS), hosted the third annual symposium of "The Challenges to Trust-building in Nuclear Worlds" entitled "Trust, Cooperation and the Global Nuclear Future" in conjunction with the University of Leicester's Intelligence, Security and Strategic Studies Group (ISSG)
Podcasts available of 'Somalia: Negotiating the balance between 'African Solutions' and international responses'
For over two decades Somalia has presented a range of development and security challenges for national, regional and international actors, becoming a source of security threats for its citizens, immediate neighbours, the region, and the international community.
Iran's Nuclear Programme Vodcasts now available
On Wednesday 25th April, the University of Birmingham's newly established Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) hosted an afternoon of expert discussion on the security implications of the current crisis over Iran's nuclear programme. Guest Speakers included Sir Richard Dalton, UK ambassador to Iran 2003-2006