ICCS seminar series 2015/16

The ICCS runs a monthly seminar series during term time, inviting guest academics and practitioners to present their latest research on a range of contemporary security issues. Seminars are free to attend and open to all.

Forthcoming events

The Next Great Hope: The Humanitarian Initiative and Nuclear Weapons

Date
Wednesday 4th May 2016
Location:
Muirhead Tower Room 417

"The Prince" Among Men: Bismarck, the Psychology of Realism, and International Relations

Date
Friday 27th May 2016
Location:
Muirhead Tower, room 420
Drones as Air Proscription? The case of South Arabia and Yemen in comparative perspective

Drones as Air Proscription? The case of South Arabia and Yemen in comparative perspective

Date
Monday 6th June 2016
Location:
Muirhead Tower Room 417

Podcasts

Podcast: Nuclear strategy in the cyber age: new challenges for the ultimate weapon

Podcast: Nuclear strategy in the cyber age: new challenges for the ultimate weapon
Description
Speaker: Dr Andrew Futter (Senior Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Leicester).
Date:
Tuesday 26th January 2016

Podcast: What's Wrong with NATO and How to Fix It

Podcast: What's Wrong with NATO and How to Fix It
Description
Speaker: Professor Mark Webber (University of Birmingham).
Date:
Tuesday 26th January 2016

Podcast: Overcoming a lack of trust to facilitate peace agreements in divided societies

Podcast: Overcoming a lack of trust to facilitate peace agreements in divided societies
Description
Speaker: Dr Dawn Walsh (University of Birmingham). This paper focuses on peace agreements which include an element of territorial self-government (TSG). Using international examples including Northern Ireland and Bosnia this paper demonstrates that a lack of trust between conflict parties necessitated the inclusion of a range of guarantee mechanisms which increased confidence that the TSG element of the peace agreement would be respected.
Date:
Friday 20th November 2015

Podcast: Russian adventurism under Putin: Lessons from Ukraine and Syria

Podcast: Russian adventurism under Putin: Lessons from Ukraine and Syria
Description
Speaker: Ambassador Jack Matlock. During his 35 years in the American Foreign Service (1956-1991), Jack Matlock served as Ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1987 to 1991, Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for European and Soviet Affairs on the National Security Council Staff from 1983 until 1986, and Ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1981 to 1983. Before his appointment to Moscow as Ambassador, Mr. Matlock served three tours at the American Embassy in the Soviet Union between 1961 and 1981.
Date:
Friday 20th November 2015

Podcast: Security, Ecology and Climate Change

Podcast: Security, Ecology and Climate Change
Description
Speaker: Dr Matt McDonald (University of Queensland)
Date:
Tuesday 20th October 2015

Podcast: Knowing how the other thinks: the brain and influence in international confrontations

Podcast: Knowing how the other thinks: the brain and influence in international confrontations
Description
Speaker: Dr Nicholas Wright, Senior Research Fellow in the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security at the University of Birmingham.
Date:
Wednesday 14th October 2015

Podcast: Researching Trust: The Ongoing Challenge of Matching Objectives and Methods

Podcast: Researching Trust: The Ongoing Challenge of Matching Objectives and Methods
Description
Speakers: Guido Möllering, Associate Professor of Organization and Management and holds the EWE Chair of Economic Organization and Trust at Jacobs University Bremen, Germany. Mark N.K. Saunders, Professor in Business Research Methods at the Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham.
Date:
Tuesday 6th October 2015

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?
Description
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.
Date:
Friday 24th July 2015

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