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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

Conference Report: 'Drones for the UK'

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On 27 October 2016, ICCS Doctoral Researcher Lindsay Clark attended the inaugural workshop of the Cambridge Analysis Institute, Cambridge.
Date:
Wednesday 21st December 2016

ICCS launches new MSc degree for 2017

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The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS), in partnership with the Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS), is delighted to announce the introduction of a new MSc degree in the Political Psychology of International Relations.
Date:
Tuesday 20th December 2016

South-East Asia takes stock after a year of alarming democratic decline

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Doctoral Researchers Scott Edwards (Birmingham) and Moch Faisal Karim (Warwick) discuss democratic decline in South-East Asia
Date:
Monday 19th December 2016

Why leadership matters

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In order to avoid the anxiety of wondering about the 'what ifs' in life, humans have a tendency to think that things will carry on much as they did before. It's what psychologists term 'continuity bias'. However, 2016 is testimony to the fact that this assumption is not always reflective of events. This year, 'change' was the watchword and changes in political leadership characterised 2016.
Date:
Wednesday 14th December 2016

Introducing the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS)

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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.
Date:
Thursday 1st December 2016

Conference Report: Trust within and between Organizations, Dublin November 15-17

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Trust researchers from across the globe met at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin at the ninth biannual conference of the First International Network on Trust (FINT).
Date:
Monday 28th November 2016

ICCS welcomes new research volunteers

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ICCS is delighted to welcome new members to the team, who will be joining research projects ranging from Cold War relations between US/Russia, decision-making in Gray Zone conflicts, and the role of education policy in post-civil war peace-building.
Date:
Friday 25th November 2016

Focusing on trust in global conflict

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Many parts of the world are caught up in conflict today. From the Syrian civil war to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian dispute, to tension with Russia, and to Africa's turmoil from South Sudan to the Democratic Republic of Congo, conflict has continuing and lasting impact on countless lives. Twenty-five years after the end of the Cold War, the hoped-for "international order" seems distant. The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) aspires to offer some answers.
Date:
Tuesday 1st November 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.
Date:
Friday 21st October 2016

Podcast: Global Governance for the Anthropocene: Nuclear Weapons and the Global Ecology

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This seminar considers the global governance challenges of the Anthropocene in two areas: nuclear weapons, and the global ecology. Speaker: Dr Anthony Burke, Chair: Professor Nicholas Wheeler.
Date:
Friday 16th September 2016

Podcast: Is the UK more secure inside or outside the European Union?

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The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security at the University of Birmingham hosted an event on 02 June 2016 to discuss how the results of the referendum vote on 23 June 2016 could impact on UK and international security.
Date:
Wednesday 31st August 2016

New book published by G&S Birmingham Fellow

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Giuditta Fontana, a Birmingham Fellow, who is a political scientist specialising in cultural institutions in post-conflict and fragile societies, has written a new book entitled entitled Education Policy and Power-Sharing in Post-Conflict Societies.
Date:
Thursday 18th August 2016
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