News in the departments

Keep up to date with the latest news and events from around the school and the wide-ranging projects our staff and students get involved with.

Britain & Beyond Feature: How Dangerous are Drones to Aircraft?

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Questions have arisen over the safety of drone flights after a series of near-misses with aircraft in Britain. Ray Mann, a specialist on aerial systems, and David Dunn of the University of Birmingham join BBC West Midlands Radio to discuss the possible threat, as the US says there have been 700 near-misses in America in the past year.
Date:
Wednesday 30th September 2015

Creating Change, Expanding Opportunity - IDD Annual Report 2014-15

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Welcome to IDD's 2014-15 Annual Report.
Date:
Tuesday 22nd September 2015

ISIL and messaging to the Purpose-Driven Jihadi: Dr Nicholas Wright Contributes to Pentagon Joint Staff Whitepaper

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On 21 July a Pentagon Joint Staff Whitepaper was launched on "Social and Cognitive Neuroscience Underpinnings of ISIL Behavior and Implications for Strategic Communication, Messaging, and Influence". Nicholas Wright, Senior Research Fellow at the ICCS, contributed and spoke on a virtual panel broadcast to many across the US Government and strategic community.
Date:
Tuesday 22nd September 2015

Conference Report published on 'The Political Effects of UAVs'

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The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security has published a report of a conference held at the Royal Aeronautical Society on 12 June 2015, which brought together experts from academia, policy, and industry, to discuss the interim findings of a research project on 'The Political Effects of UAVs on Conflict and Cooperation within and between States.'
Date:
Tuesday 22nd September 2015

The Security Impact of Drones

The Security Impact of Drones
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Written by Dr Chris Wyatt. With the introduction of new, modern technologies, the question is often asked of their benefits weighed against the costs if deployment and use. Drones, or Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) are no different and the last few years have seen an intense debate on the merits of their use.
Date:
Friday 18th September 2015

Explainer: what is Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia?

Explainer: what is Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia?
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Written by Dr Galina Yemelianova. The death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has stirred debate about the future direction of the world's richest Arab state. That direction will be significantly coloured by how his brother and successor, King Salman, approaches Wahhabism – the religious sect that is at once an intrinsic part of the state and its biggest threat.
Date:
Friday 18th September 2015

Who Goes There? Issues of identity in 'Drone Wars'

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Friday 18th September 2015

Playing the Prisoners' Dilemma with Prisoners

Date:
Friday 18th September 2015

Trident: To Renew or Not to Renew

Trident: To Renew or Not to Renew
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Paul Schulte, Honorary Professor at the ICCS, takes part in a panel discussion on the renewal of Trident at the SOAS Policy Forum.
Date:
Friday 18th September 2015

Funded PhD Studentship: Cybersecurity

Funded PhD Studentship: Cybersecurity
Description
The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) invites applications for a 3-year studentship to undertake a PhD within the area of Cybersecurity and global politics.
Date:
Friday 18th September 2015

Podcast: Researching Drones: Perspectives, Practicalities, and Problems

Podcast: Researching Drones: Perspectives, Practicalities, and Problems
Description
Key note: Peter Lee- Drone warriors and morality: Exploring the formation of ethical subjectivity in the UK's Reaper operators.
Date:
Wednesday 16th September 2015

ESRC PhD studentships

ESRC PhD studentships
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The School of Government and Society invites applications for fully-funded ESRC studentships for postgraduate research beginning in September 2015.
Date:
Tuesday 15th September 2015

Corbyn could save Labour from electoral wipeout

Corbyn could save Labour from electoral wipeout
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Written by Chris Game, Honorary Senior Lecturer, INLOGOV. If Labour can turn its fiasco of a leadership election into a voter registration drive, it can push back against a rigged system.
Date:
Monday 14th September 2015

Mission impossible: Juncker calls for a more political EU

Mission impossible: Juncker calls for a more political EU
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Written by George Kyris. The European Commission president believes more integration and cooperation is the solution to Europe's many problems. But it's hard to see this happening.
Date:
Monday 14th September 2015

Cameron's Syria drone strike 'revelation' is a diversion

Cameron's Syria drone strike 'revelation' is a diversion
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Written by Scott Lucas. The Cameron government has announced it killed two British citizens in a drone strike in Syria. Was the announcement timed for maximum impact?
Date:
Friday 11th September 2015

New book by Dr Fiona Nunan

New book by Dr Fiona Nunan
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Dr Fiona Nunan's 'Understanding Poverty and the Environment: Analytical Frameworks and Approaches' has just been published by Routledge and is a must-read for students and scholars of environment and development.
Date:
Thursday 10th September 2015

IAS Blog: Thinking politically - Part I

IAS Blog: Thinking politically - Part I
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Written by Dr Jonathan Fisher. The 'age of austerity' has not been kind to Western aid agencies and their staff or to those who would defend them. Though Britain's Department for International Development (DFID) has had its budget 'ring-fenced' since 2010 its counterparts elsewhere in Europe have not been so lucky while its equivalent in Australia – AusAID – has disappeared altogether as an independent entity, subsumed into the country's foreign ministry only weeks ago.
Date:
Thursday 10th September 2015

Doctoral Research profile: Charity Mbillah

Doctoral Research profile: Charity Mbillah
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Title of Research: Prosperity gospel and adherent social mobility in Ghana
Date:
Thursday 10th September 2015

POLSIS Alumnus Gives POLSIS Head of Department Special Tour of the United Nations

POLSIS Alumnus Gives POLSIS Head of Department Special Tour of the United Nations
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Former POLSIS student, His Excellency Dr Percaya, the Indonesian Ambassador to the United Nations Gives POLSIS Head of Department a Special Tour of the UN Building in New York.
Date:
Monday 31st August 2015

Former POLSIS Student Wins Diplomat of the Year

Former POLSIS Student Wins Diplomat of the Year
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Former POLSIS student, Kevin M. Isaac was awarded Diplomat of the Year for North America and the Caribbean at the Diplomat Magazine Annual Awards Ceremony.
Date:
Monday 31st August 2015
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