The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) has published its annual report for 2018/19. The report showcases the cutting-edge research that is taking place across a broad spectrum of disciplinary expertise.
Highlights include the ongoing work at the nexus of Political Psychology and International Relations, led by Deputy Director Dr Tereza Capelos and showcased in our new MSc programme, which is now recruiting for its third year. This research theme hosted the first annual UK Political Psychology Conference in December 2018, and supports a number of ongoing projects and publications. Under the nuclear theme, ICCS Director Prof Nicholas Wheeler has been working with the British American Security Information Council (BASIC) on a programme designed to develop international understanding and dialogue on state responsibilities surrounding nuclear weapons. As part of this project, they are developing an interactive web application to map what states say and do about the concept of nuclear responsibilities. The Political Settlements Research Group, led by Dr Giuditta Fontana, has recently launched a new collaborative project investigating how states learn from failure. The ongoing research on the implications of drone technologies is spearheaded by Prof David H Dunn, who recently gave evidence to the parliamentary Science & Technology Select Committee on the future regulatory framework for small drones in the UK.
The report also includes an overview of our knowledge exchange activities, which includes the ICCS Seminar Series and the annual training programme in Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation. Our guest seminar speakers this year included Prof Stanley Feldman (Stony Brook University), Dr Caron Gentry (University of St Andrews), and Prof Christian Reus-Smit (University of Queensland), who presented their latest research on a variety of cognate topics. The Seminar Series offers an excellent way for researchers, students and interested members of the public to engage with the key debates in global politics and International Relations.
The report is available to download as a PDF here.