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Nefarious Criminal and Terrorist Uses of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) (Apr 2016 - Apr 2017)

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The focus of this research project is to analyse the threat presented by the revolution in easy access to the air presented by the technological development of small and medium sized Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or "drones". Principal Investigator: Professor David Dunn, Co-Investigator: Dr Christopher M Wyatt.
Date:
Friday 27th May 2016

The UK's chance to lead by example on drones and targeted killing

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"The UK government has a real opportunity to promote a normative regime for the governance of armed drones in line with generally accepted understandings of international law and ethics globally." George May, Research Associate, ICCS.
Date:
Friday 27th May 2016

Grant Award from the Open Society Foundations

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Professors David Dunn and Nicholas Wheeler have been awarded a grant of $100,000 from the Open Society Foundations for a 2-year project investigating a new (restraining) global consensus on the use of armed drones. The project builds on findings from the Birmingham Policy Commission on the Security Impact of Drones.
Date:
Monday 9th May 2016

Podcast: The Next Great Hope: The Humanitarian Initiative and Nuclear Weapons

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Speaker: Dr Jan Ruzicka (University of Aberystwyth), Chair: Professor Nicholas J Wheeler (Director, ICCS).
Date:
Thursday 5th May 2016

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 over the summer 2016.
Date:
Friday 29th April 2016

ICCS celebrates resounding success of third annual training programme

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In April 2016, the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security hosted the third annual training programme on 'Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation' at the University of Birmingham. The programme brought together delegates from across the UK, including students, researchers, and practitioners from international peace-building NGOs and diplomatic missions.
Date:
Friday 29th April 2016

Insight: Everyone's waiting for the first drone disaster

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GIVEN the collision at Heathrow and the potential for aerial terrorism, have regulators been caught napping on policing the skies, asks Dani Garavelli. Professor David Hastings Dunn, head of the Department of Political Science and International Studies at Birmingham University, believes it is only a matter of time before terrorists will be strapping explosives to drones, allowing them to by-pass security systems and carry out attacks on open-air events.
Date:
Friday 29th April 2016

The Limits of States: Ethics, War, and Migration

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On the 28 June 2016, Professor Nicholas Wheeler will present an overview of the ICCS' current research project on 'Nuclear Ethics and Global Security: Reforming the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime' at Friends House, London. Participants to include Dr Cian O'Driscoll (Glasgow), Prof Jason Ralph (Leeds), Dr Tom Walker (Queens University Belfast).
Date:
Friday 29th April 2016

Drone Security: Why we need to develop new safety procedures

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"The need to develop new procedures for drones [RPA] to operate safely in or near controlled airspace is a matter requiring urgent attention in order to ensure air safety and to assure public confidence." Birmingham Policy Commission on the Security Impact of Drones: Challenges and Opportunities for the UK, 2014.
Date:
Monday 25th April 2016

Birmingham Fellowships in International Security

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The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security and the School of Government and Society are looking to recruit a Birmingham Professorial Fellow and a Birmingham Fellow in the field of international security. The deadline for applications is Monday 25 April 2016.
Date:
Tuesday 22nd March 2016

ICCS PhD student Joshua Baker awarded Stanton Fellowship in International Security

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ICCS PhD student Joshua Baker will be a Stanton Fellow in International Security at the Centre for International Relations, Fundação Getulio Vargas, during the summer term.
Date:
Wednesday 16th March 2016

Can Psychology help solve long-running conflicts?

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Dr Nicholas Wright of the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security spoke to BBC Radio 4's Analysis programme on Sunday 08 November 2015 on how psychology can be applied to international conflicts.
Date:
Wednesday 16th March 2016

Training programme trailer 2016

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Watch the trailer for this years training programme on Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation. Registrations close on 31 March 2016.
Date:
Tuesday 15th March 2016

ICCS at the International Studies Association Annual Convention

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The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security has a strong representation at the International Studies Association annual convention, which runs from 16-19 March in Atlanta, Georgia.
Date:
Friday 11th March 2016

Can the meek professor or 'Mr Clean' save the Central African Republic?

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Written by Professor Paul Jackson, Professor of African Politics. One of the world's poorest and most unstable countries is in the midst of a remarkably hopeful election campaign.
Date:
Tuesday 9th February 2016

Birmingham Policy Commissioners give evidence to the Human Rights Committee Inquiry on 'the UK Government's policy on the use of drones for targeted killing'

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On 09 December, Birmingham Policy Commission Chair, Sir David Omand and Commissioner Jennifer Gibson, were asked to give evidence at the first session of the Parliamentary Human Rights Committee inquiry on 'the UK Government's policy on the use of drones for targeted killing'.
Date:
Thursday 28th January 2016

Win a free place on the 2016 ICCS training programme

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To coincide with this year's training programme in Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation, the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security has launched a competition to offer a free place on the 5-day programme, worth £300.
Date:
Wednesday 27th January 2016

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

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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

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Speaker: Professor Mark Webber (University of Birmingham).
Date:
Tuesday 26th January 2016

Geneva Summit: 30th Anniversary Conference

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The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security invited scholars and practitioners to reflect on the legacy of the meeting between Reagan and Gorbachev, exploring what went right, what went wrong, and assessing the prognosis for the future. The central focus of this event was to address the question of how trust was developed between the two leaders, why the relationship has broken down in the intervening years, and whether trust can be restored given the current state of US-Russia relations.
Date:
Friday 22nd January 2016
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