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Podcast: Violence, Civilization and Humanity

Podcast: Violence, Civilization and Humanity
Description
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:
22/05/2015
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences

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

Podcast: Take A Chance: Trust-Building Across Identity Groups
Description
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:
22/05/2015
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences

Macedonia: a precarious moment

Macedonia: a precarious moment
Description
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:
18/05/2015

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:
18/05/2015

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:
18/05/2015

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:
13/05/2015

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:
06/05/2015

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

Workshop report: 'Face-to-face Diplomacy and Interpersonal Trust in IR'
Description
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:
06/05/2015

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
Description
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:
06/05/2015

ICCS goes to the #NPT2015

ICCS goes to the #NPT2015
Description
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:
05/05/2015

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

Obama, the Supreme Leader, and the "Trust" to Deliver a Nuclear Deal
Description
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:
22/04/2015

The creeping autonomy of lethal weapons

The creeping autonomy of lethal weapons
Description
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:
15/04/2015

Trident: To Renew or Not to Renew

Trident: To Renew or Not to Renew
Description
Paul Schulte, Honorary Professor at the ICCS, takes part in a panel discussion on the renewal of Trident at the SOAS Policy Forum.
Date:
15/04/2015

The Iraqi offensive against IS

The Iraqi offensive against IS
Description
Paul Schulte, Honorary Professor at the ICCS, talks to Islam Channel TV about the recent Iraqi offensive against IS
Date:
15/04/2015

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

Germanwings crash: the ins and outs of the two-person rule
Description
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:
13/04/2015

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
Description
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.
Date:
13/04/2015

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

Description
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.
Date:
26/03/2015

Researching Drones: Perspectives, Practicalities, and Problems

Description
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:
25/03/2015

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:
11/03/2015
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences

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:
04/03/2015
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