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Power Transition in the Asia-Pacific: managing perceptions and trust in the 'Grey Zone'

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The Asia Research Group and The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) at the University of Birmingham hosted a workshop (Wednesday 10 May 2017) to examine recent efforts by key Asia-Pacific actors to shape perceptions using multiple instruments of national power, in what has been called the "Grey Zone" between peace and war.
Date:
Tuesday 16th May 2017

Fieldwork report: Lebanon

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In April 2017, Dr Giuditta Fontana visited Lebanon to interview journalists, museum curators and educationalists in connection with her Leverhulme-funded project.
Date:
Friday 12th May 2017

ISA 2017 Conference Report: Understanding Change in World Politics

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Dr Eszter Simon reports on the 58th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, held in Baltimore, USA, from 22-25 February 2017.
Date:
Thursday 4th May 2017

How can Northern Ireland tackle its growing list of challenges?

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Dawn Walsh considers the role of independent commissions in promoting power-sharing in Northern Ireland.
Date:
Thursday 4th May 2017

New voluntary work placements at the ICCS

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The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) is inviting applications for short term voluntary placements.
Date:
Friday 28th April 2017

ICCS students join forces with conflict practitioners for annual training programme

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In March 2017, the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security hosted its fourth annual training programme on 'Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation' at the University of Birmingham. The programme brought together current students with delegates from around the world, including from the Czech Republic, Nepal and the United States, to learn about the different approaches to conflict resolution in International Relations.
Date:
Thursday 13th April 2017

Call for papers: 'Finding Trust in Social Sciences'

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We invite proposals of individual papers on any theoretical, methodological, or empirical aspects of trust research. If interested in delivering a paper, please send a (working) title, an abstract of up to 400 words and a short bio by 19 May 2017.
Date:
Tuesday 21st March 2017

South Sudan's famine is the fallout from a spiralling ethnic war

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Written by Professor Paul Jackson, Professor of African Politics. One of the worst humanitarian disasters in decades is well underway in East Africa.
Date:
Thursday 16th March 2017

Competition winner announced

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The ICCS is pleased to announce the winner of a competition set up to offer a free place on the 2017 training programme on 'Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation.'
Date:
Thursday 9th March 2017

Podcast: Can Organisations Be Trustworthy?

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Speaker: Professor Katherine Hawley (University of St Andrews), Chair: Dr Jonathan Parry.
Date:
Wednesday 1st March 2017

Conference Report: Drones, remote weapons and other robots

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ICCS Research Fellow Dr Chris Wyatt recently attended a conference at Ditchley Park which considered the commercial, legal and ethical challenges and implications of current trends in the drone industry, and how the risks can be mitigated.
Date:
Tuesday 28th February 2017

It's not wrong for Donald Trump to trust Vladimir Putin

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ICCS Research Fellow Dr Eszter Simon writes in The Conversation about the role of trust and the Moscow-Washington hotline in current US-Russian relations.
Date:
Wednesday 22nd February 2017

Report: Responsible Nuclear Sovereignty and the Future of the Global Nuclear Order

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The British American Security Information Council (BASIC), in partnership with the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation, and Security (ICCS), have written a report which seeks to foster an international dialogue about the responsibilities of nuclear-armed states.
Date:
Wednesday 8th February 2017

Podcast: The Disappearance of the Battlefield in the Age of Global Targeting

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Speaker: Dr Antoine Bousquet (Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Birkbeck College, London).
Date:
Thursday 2nd February 2017

Podcast: Social Trust in International Relations

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Speaker: Dr Vince Keating (University of Southern Denmark).
Date:
Tuesday 31st January 2017

Podcast: From Europe's troubled periphery to security provider: Albanian Foreign Policy in regional and European context

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Deputy Foreign Minister of Albania, Dr Odeta Barbullushi, who studied for a PhD at the University of Birmingham spoke to staff and students about the security threats facing her country and the wider Western Balkans region.
Date:
Tuesday 31st January 2017

Podcast: Education and Peace-Building in Deeply Divided Societies

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Speaker: Dr Giuditta Fontana (University of Birmingham). Education reform is often hailed as a panacea after civil wars: it is expected to reformulate identities, heal the wounds of war, reconcile future citizens, and include the formerly marginalised into the political, cultural and economic institutions of the state. But which education reforms are promoted in peace agreements in practice? And how do schools foster peace and stability after civil wars?
Date:
Friday 27th January 2017

The imminent partition of Syria

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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. After nearly six years of uprising, conflict and chaos, the partition of Syria is imminent. President Bashar al-Assad will of course rail against it; his crucial ally Iran will probably resist too, and the marginalised US won't even acknowledge the prospect. But the lines are nonetheless being drawn.
Date:
Thursday 26th January 2017

Trending research: Syria: Laying the Foundations for a Credible and Sustainable Transition

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An article by Scott Lucas, Christalla Yakinthou and Stefan Wolff is currently receiving plenty of attention online.
Date:
Wednesday 18th January 2017

Small drones and the use of chemical weapons as a terrorist threat

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Written by Professor David Hastings Dunn, Department of Political Science. "The fear is that IS are planning to marry together two technologies, drones as a dispersal device and chemical, biological or radiological material as the dispersant."
Date:
Thursday 12th January 2017
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