About the Institute

'The question of whom to trust and how far is as central a question of political life as it is of personal life' (political theorist John Dunn, 1993).

The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) at the University of Birmingham promotes a multi-disciplinary and multi-dimensional approach to global security challenges. It draws on research expertise in the fields of International Relations, Security Studies, Psychology (including Neuroscience), Global Ethics, and War Studies to address issues of conflict and cooperation relating to nuclear trust-building, global nuclear order, mediation and conflict transformation, and the military and civilian uses of drones.

A core issue which is at the heart of the Institute's research concerns the dynamics of interpersonal trust in adversarial relationships, with a particular focus on the role of face-to-face interactions in promoting cooperation between states and managing global conflicts.