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Time to end secrecy surrounding SAS and drones

Time to end secrecy surrounding SAS and drones
Description
UK special forces and unmanned drones will play a much bigger role.
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Thursday 23rd July 2015

How Brazil and Argentina defused their nuclear rivalry

How Brazil and Argentina defused their nuclear rivalry
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Nicholas John Wheeler, University of Birmingham and Matias Spektor, Fundação Getúlio Vargas. Latin America's two biggest players spent much of the 1980s in a low-grade arms race – and they both had nuclear aspirations. How did they manage to diffuse the tension?
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Monday 20th July 2015

How Brazil and Argentina defused their nuclear rivalry

How Brazil and Argentina defused their nuclear rivalry
Description
Nicholas John Wheeler, University of Birmingham and Matias Spektor, Fundação Getúlio Vargas. Latin America's two biggest players spent much of the 1980s in a low-grade arms race – and they both had nuclear aspirations. How did they manage to diffuse the tension?
Date:
Monday 20th July 2015

Iran nuclear deal is built on trust as well as verification

Iran nuclear deal is built on trust as well as verification
Description
Written by Joshua Baker and Professor Nicholas J. Wheeler. Announcing the nuclear deal agreed this week between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the so-called E3+3 (the EU3 of France, Germany and the United Kingdom plus the United States, Russia, and China), US President Barack Obama declared: 'This deal is not built on trust, it is built on verification.'
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Friday 17th July 2015

Iran nuclear deal is built on trust as well as verification

Iran nuclear deal is built on trust as well as verification
Description
Written by Joshua Baker and Professor Nicholas J. Wheeler. Announcing the nuclear deal agreed this week between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the so-called E3+3 (the EU3 of France, Germany and the United Kingdom plus the United States, Russia, and China), US President Barack Obama declared: 'This deal is not built on trust, it is built on verification.'
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Friday 17th July 2015

Blog: Is a 120-member council really too big?

Blog: Is a 120-member council really too big?
Description
Written by Chris Game. "This blog's main purpose is to place somewhere in the public domain some basic electoral data on council size. Basic, but not normally presented in a form that I've sometimes wanted for illustrative purposes. I'm hoping, therefore, there may be others who'll find the data of at least passing interest, so here goes."
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Thursday 16th July 2015

Scores killed by bombs and bullets as Boko Haram struggle escalates

Scores killed by bombs and bullets as Boko Haram struggle escalates
Description
Written by Professor Paul Jackson. A week of carnage across northern Nigeria proves Boko Haram is alive and well. Can the Nigerian army get its act together?
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Thursday 16th July 2015

What the Iran nuclear deal means – and what it doesn't

What the Iran nuclear deal means – and what it doesn't
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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. So there's now a real plan to sort out Iran's nuclear programme. What about all its other problems?
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Thursday 16th July 2015

What the Iran nuclear deal means – and what it doesn't

What the Iran nuclear deal means – and what it doesn't
Description
Written by Professor Scott Lucas. So there's now a real plan to sort out Iran's nuclear programme. What about all its other problems?
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Thursday 16th July 2015

The Origins of Nuclear Cooperation: A Critical Oral History between Brazil and Argentina

The Origins of Nuclear Cooperation: A Critical Oral History between Brazil and Argentina
Description
Professor Nicholas J. Wheeler, Director of the ICCS, Rodrigo Mallea (Argentine foreign ministry) and Dr Matias Spektor (Associate Professor of International Relations at Fundação Getulio Vargas in Brazil have published The Origins of Nuclear Cooperation: A Critical Oral History between Brazil and Argentina. The book, a product of a four year collaboration between Spektor and Wheeler, and a major output of Wheeler's ESRC/AHRC Fellowship under RCUK's Global Uncertainties Programme, tells a unique and rich story about how two regional nuclear rivals de-escalated their nuclear rivalry in ways that promoted regional and international security.
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Wednesday 15th July 2015

Greece: a Europe forged in one crisis may have laid the foundations for the next

Greece: a Europe forged in one crisis may have laid the foundations for the next
Description
Written by Dr George Kyris. What might feel like a victory this morning for eurozone leaders and lenders has only served to feed a eurosceptic beast.
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Tuesday 14th July 2015

South Sudan's viability requires an honest answer to avert further disaster

South Sudan's viability requires an honest answer to avert further disaster
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Written by Professor Stefan Wolff. South Sudan's independence in 2011, which ended half a century of deadly conflict, was met with much praise. But a descent into civil war has led to dismay and suggests fresh thinking is required.
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Friday 10th July 2015

Scores killed by bombs and bullets as Boko Haram struggle escalates

Scores killed by bombs and bullets as Boko Haram struggle escalates
Description
Written by Professor Paul Jackson. A week of carnage across northern Nigeria proves Boko Haram is alive and well. Can the Nigerian army get its act together?
Date:
Thursday 9th July 2015

President Assad Will Fall in Syria - So Best to Prepare Now for What Happens Next

President Assad Will Fall in Syria - So Best to Prepare Now for What Happens Next
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Scholars at the University of Birmingham are calling for preparations for the likely fall of the Assad regime in Syria - and warning that failure to do so will lead to continuing political, economic, and humanitarian crises.
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Monday 6th July 2015

Get Your House in Order: On Drone Exports and US domestic anger about their use

Get Your House in Order: On Drone Exports and US domestic anger about their use
Description
Written by Lindsay Murch. There seems something incongruous about two recent pieces of news about the US and Drones. The first piece of news came in February as the White House announced its new policy regarding the export of military (including, and perhaps particularly armed) drones.
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Monday 6th July 2015

Greece votes No: experts respond

Greece votes No: experts respond
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Written by Costas Milas, University of Liverpool; George Kyris, University of Birmingham; James Arvanitakis, University of Western Sydney; Nikos Papastergiadis, University of Melbourne; Remy Davison, Monash University; Richard Holden, UNSW Australia; Ross Buckley, UNSW Australia, and Sofia Vasilopoulou, University of York. Academic experts respond to the No vote in Greece's referendum on whether or not to accept a bailout offer from their international creditors.
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Monday 6th July 2015

Syriza risks an EU exit in a referendum wracked with problems

Syriza risks an EU exit in a referendum wracked with problems
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Written by Dr Sotirios Zartaloudis. Greeks face a big dilemma in the July 5 referendum. It's been badly organised, democratically questionable and there's a great deal at stake.
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Monday 6th July 2015

The dangerous gamble that could spark full-scale conflict in Ukraine

The dangerous gamble that could spark full-scale conflict in Ukraine
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Written by Professor Stefan Wolff and Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University). Ukraine is giving Russia two options – and neither is likely to end well.
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Friday 3rd July 2015

Europe is heading towards constitutional crisis, with or without Greece

Europe is heading towards constitutional crisis, with or without Greece
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Written by Dr Nicole Scicluna. Five years of turmoil shows the union rests on shaky legal foundations.
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Friday 3rd July 2015

ICCS Honorary Professor Joins BBC debate: Are Nuclear Weapons Ever Justified?

ICCS Honorary Professor Joins BBC debate: Are Nuclear Weapons Ever Justified?
Description
Paul Schulte, Honorary Professor at the ICCS, joins Nicky Campbell alongside experts Professor John Haldane (University of St Andrews) and Professor Mary Kaldor (LSE) on 'The Big Questions' to discuss the moral and ethical issues around the development, possession, and deployment of nuclear weapons.
Date:
Wednesday 1st July 2015
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