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The U.S. Abandoned Iraq. Don't Repeat History in Afghanistan

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Honorary Professor David Petraeus (Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security) on the announcement of a peace agreement between the U.S. and the Taliban after years of combat and months of negotiation.
Date:
Tuesday 13th August 2019

ICCS Annual Report 2018/19

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Read the latest annual report from the ICCS, which highlights the significant research developments and achievements over the last 12 months.
Date:
Monday 5th August 2019

US-Iranian Relations and the Crisis of Trust

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Profs David H Dunn and Nicholas J Wheeler write for the Birmingham Brief on the current Iranian crisis and the challenges of developing trust in international politics.
Date:
Friday 2nd August 2019

Commission for Countering Extremism publishes University of Birmingham paper on extremism

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Dr Katherine E Brown authors a paper (with Prof Fiona de Londras and Jessica White) exploring the need to embed human rights into counter extremism efforts.
Date:
Friday 2nd August 2019

Background checks should be required to buy 'potentially lethal' drones, MPs told

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The Daily Telegraph reports on David H Dunn's evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee.
Date:
Friday 12th July 2019

ICCS Professor leads security workshop on drone safety and regulation

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David H Dunn is running a workshop this week on helping security professionals understand risk, regulation and resilience to counter the accidental or unlawful misuse of drones.
Date:
Tuesday 9th July 2019

Opinion: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead

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Prof Stefan Wolff writes for the RUSI blog on the 10th Anniversary of the EU's Eastern Partnership.
Date:
Wednesday 3rd July 2019

General David Petraeus joins Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security

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One of the most prominent modern-day US military figures has accepted an invitation of a 3-year Honorary Professorship in the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) at the University of Birmingham.
Date:
Wednesday 12th June 2019

Drones with Bad Intent

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Prof David H Dunn was interviewed on his research on small drones by the Smithsonian's Air & Space Magazine.
Date:
Friday 31st May 2019

ICCS Professor invited to address the All Party Parliamentary Group on Drones

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On 21st May, David H Dunn spoke at a panel discussion in Parliament on Rogue Drones in the UK: Security in the Drone Age, organised by the APPG on Armed Drones.
Date:
Tuesday 28th May 2019

Ukraine: with parliament dissolved, new president must now get serious – here's how

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Stefan Wolff writes for The Conversation on the next steps for former comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy in his new presidential role.
Date:
Friday 24th May 2019

Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation 2019

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The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) held its sixth annual training programme on Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation at the University of Birmingham in April 2019.
Date:
Monday 20th May 2019

Report: Nuclear Responsibilities in an Interconnected World

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The ICCS has been working in partnership with the British American Security Information Council (BASIC) on the Nuclear Responsibilities programme. Here is their latest report.
Date:
Tuesday 14th May 2019

House of Lords Committee publishes evidence from ICCS academics

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The International Relations Committee has published written evidence from Paul Schulte and Nicholas Wheeler as part of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and nuclear disarmament inquiry.
Date:
Monday 8th April 2019

Ukraine elections: Russia sidelined as comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy leads, but long-term laughter may yet come from Moscow

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Stefan Wolff co-authors an article for The Conversation: Ukrainians have lost faith in the political class – and are looking for new alternatives. Populism and Russia may benefit.
Date:
Friday 5th April 2019

Ukraine presidential election: young comedian leads polls, but country's dangerous divisions are no joke

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Stefan Wolff co-authors an article for The Conversation discussing the precarious state of the forthcoming elections in Ukraine.
Date:
Friday 15th March 2019

Shamima Begum: why the IS teenager should be allowed to return to the UK

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Katherine Brown, writes for The Conversation to argue for a combined approach of a fair trial, rehabilitation, and restorative justice in the cases of radicalised individuals returning to the UK.
Date:
Monday 18th February 2019

ICCS trust research at FINT 2019

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In January 2019, researchers from the Trust working group represented the ICCS and the University of Birmingham at the 10th Annual FINT conference held in St Gallen, Switzerland.
Date:
Thursday 24th January 2019

How is Gatwick Airport vulnerable to drones?

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The recent events at Gatwick Airport show how vulnerable airport infrastructure is from the fast-evolving and disruptive technology of unmanned drones. By Professor David Dunn, Professor in International Politics.
Date:
Thursday 20th December 2018

New Special Issue: The Political Psychology of European Integration: Brexit and Beyond

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Dr Tereza Capelos, Senior Lecturer and ICCS Deputy Director, has co-edited a Special Issue of the journal Political Psychology (with Julie Hassing Nielsen), focused on The Political Psychology of European Integration: Brexit and Beyond.
Date:
Wednesday 19th December 2018
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