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Podcast: Smart, smart, and many versus few and bespoke: Will small drones shift the character of conflict?

Podcast: Smart, smart, and many versus few and bespoke: Will small drones shift the character of conflict?
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Speaker: Dr Thomas X Hammes, Distinguished Research Fellow, Center for Strategic Research, Institute of National Strategic Studies. The convergence of artificial intelligence, drone technology, and additive manufacturing are making the advent of swarms of small, autonomous drones a reality. Their debut on the battlefield will dramatically change the character of war in air, land, space, and sea domains.
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Friday 24th July 2015

The Importance of Scooby-Doo to the Provision of Security in the Cyber Environment

The Importance of Scooby-Doo to the Provision of Security in the Cyber Environment
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Written by Gavin Hall. In the first week of July I was fortunate enough to attend the annual Cyber Conference at Chatham House. Two significant trends became apparent, which enable the exploration of a long muted metaphor, of mine, for cyber-security: at the end of every episode of Scooby-Doo the 'monster' is unmasked and a human is revealed to be behind the incident.
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Friday 24th July 2015

Lecture Report - British Military Leadership in the Iraq and Afghan Wars: Why was Success so Elusive?

Lecture Report - British Military Leadership in the Iraq and Afghan Wars: Why was Success so Elusive?
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Dr Chris Wyatt, ICCS Research Fellow, recently attended the lecture above, which was given by Major-General (Rtd) Christopher Elliott under the auspices of the Changing Character of War Programme at Oxford University.
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Friday 24th July 2015

How Brazil and Argentina defused their nuclear rivalry

How Brazil and Argentina defused their nuclear rivalry
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Nicholas John Wheeler, University of Birmingham and Matias Spektor, Fundação Getúlio Vargas. Latin America's two biggest players spent much of the 1980s in a low-grade arms race – and they both had nuclear aspirations. How did they manage to diffuse the tension?
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Monday 20th July 2015

Iran nuclear deal is built on trust as well as verification

Iran nuclear deal is built on trust as well as verification
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Written by Joshua Baker and Professor Nicholas J. Wheeler. Announcing the nuclear deal agreed this week between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the so-called E3+3 (the EU3 of France, Germany and the United Kingdom plus the United States, Russia, and China), US President Barack Obama declared: 'This deal is not built on trust, it is built on verification.'
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Friday 17th July 2015

The Origins of Nuclear Cooperation: A Critical Oral History between Brazil and Argentina

The Origins of Nuclear Cooperation: A Critical Oral History between Brazil and Argentina
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Professor Nicholas J. Wheeler, Director of the ICCS, Rodrigo Mallea (Argentine foreign ministry) and Dr Matias Spektor (Associate Professor of International Relations at Fundação Getulio Vargas in Brazil have published The Origins of Nuclear Cooperation: A Critical Oral History between Brazil and Argentina. The book, a product of a four year collaboration between Spektor and Wheeler, and a major output of Wheeler's ESRC/AHRC Fellowship under RCUK's Global Uncertainties Programme, tells a unique and rich story about how two regional nuclear rivals de-escalated their nuclear rivalry in ways that promoted regional and international security.
Date:
Wednesday 15th July 2015

President Assad Will Fall in Syria - So Best to Prepare Now for What Happens Next

President Assad Will Fall in Syria - So Best to Prepare Now for What Happens Next
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Scholars at the University of Birmingham are calling for preparations for the likely fall of the Assad regime in Syria - and warning that failure to do so will lead to continuing political, economic, and humanitarian crises.
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Monday 6th July 2015

Get Your House in Order: On Drone Exports and US domestic anger about their use

Get Your House in Order: On Drone Exports and US domestic anger about their use
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Written by Lindsay Murch. There seems something incongruous about two recent pieces of news about the US and Drones. The first piece of news came in February as the White House announced its new policy regarding the export of military (including, and perhaps particularly armed) drones.
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Monday 6th July 2015

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.
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Friday 19th June 2015

Dr Nicholas Wright Contributes to Pentagon Joint Staff Whitepaper

Dr Nicholas Wright Contributes to Pentagon Joint Staff Whitepaper
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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.
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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.
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Wednesday 10th June 2015

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

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