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Annual Report 2018/19

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. 

The report is available to download as a PDF here.



Brown, K. E. (2018). Violence and Gender Politics in Forming the Proto-State "Islamic State." In S. Parashar, J.A. Tickner, and J. True (Eds). Revisiting Gendered States: Feminist Imaginings of the State in International Relations. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Capelos, T. and Katsanidou, A. (2018). Reactionary Politics: Uncovering the Psychological Roots of ‘Anti’ Preferences in European Integration and Immigration Debates. Political Psychology, 36(9) 1271-1288. 

Capelos, T. and Hassing Nielsen, J. (2018). Editors’ Preface to the Special Issue The Political Psychology of European Integration: Brexit and Beyond. Political Psychology, 36(9).

Capelos, T. and Chrona, S. (2018). The Map to the Heart: an analysis of political affectivity in Turkey. Politics and Governance, 6(4) 144-158. doi:10.17645/pag.v6i4.1576

Capelos, T. and Demertzis, N. (2018).  Political Action and Resentful Affectivity in Critical Times. Humanity and Society, 42(4) 410-433. doi:10.1177/0160597618802517.

Capelos, T. (2018). Tribute to Doris A. Graber: Our beloved, story-telling mentor. Political Communication 35(3), 512-513.

Dunne, T. and Wheeler, N.J. (2019). Great Illusions or Great Transformations? Human Rights and International Relations a Hundred Years On, International Relations 33(2).

Edwards, S. (2019). The Orang Asli in GE14: Towards Meaningful Political Engagement? In Lemiere, S., (Ed.). Minorities Matter: Malaysian Politics and People Vol. 3. Kuala Lumpur: ISEAS/SIRD

Fontana, G. (2019). Does Education Help the Transition out of Power-Sharing in Plural Societies? A Comparative Study. Ethnopolitics.

Fregonese, S. (In press). War and the City: Urban Geopolitics in Lebanon. London: IB Tauris.

Fregonese, S. (2019) A demarcation in the hearts’: frontier urbanism and Beirut’s May 2008 clashes, in Yacobi, H. and Nsasra, M., (eds.) Routledge Handbook on Middle East Cities. Abingdon: Routledge.

Holmes, M. and Wheeler, N.J. (2019). Social Bonding in Diplomacy. International Theory (forthcoming).

Jackson, P. (2019). Peacebuilding Initiatives in Africa in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics

Jackson, P. (2019). Intelligence in a modern insurgency: the case of the Maoist insurgency in Nepal. Intelligence and National Security, 1-15.

Kartsonaki, A. (2019). Playing with Fire: An Assessment of the EU's Approach of Constructive Ambiguity on Kosovo's Blended Conflict. Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies.

Kartsonaki A. (2019). Remedial Secession: Theory, Law and International Recognition, in Griffiths, R., Muro, D. (eds.) Strategies of Secession and Counter-Secession. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield International. (in press)

Kyris, G. (2018). The European Union in Northern Cyprus: Conceptualising the Avoidance of Contested States. Geopolitics, 1-16. doi: 10.1080/14650045.2018.1552945

Malyarenko, T. & Wolff, S. (2019). The Dynamics of Emerging De-Facto States: Eastern Ukraine in the Post-Soviet Space. London: Routledge.

Quinn, A. and Banka, A. (2018). Killing Norms Softly: US Targeted Killing, Quasi-secrecy and the Assassination Ban. Security Studies 27(4), 665-703. doi:10.1080/09636412.2018.1483633.

Quinn, A. and Kitchen, N. (2019). Understanding American Power: conceptual clarity, strategic priorities and the decline debate. Global Policy. doi:10.1111/1758-5899.12609

Reus-Smit, C., Welch Larson, D., Kydd A., Freedman, L., Wheeler, N. J. (2018). Trusting enemies: interpersonal relationships in international conflict, International Affairs, 94(6) 1431–1446.

Schulte, P. (2019). The Discreet Indispensability of Unpiloted Assistance? Remote Aerial Capabilities in Upstream Preventative Stabilisation Interventions, in Clack, T. and Johnson, R., (Eds.). Before Military Intervention: Upstream Stabilisation in Theory and Practice. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp.27-52.

Sperling, J. and Webber, M. (2019) Trump’s Foreign Policy and NATO: Exit and Voice, Review of International Studies, Vol.45(3).

Sperling, J. and Webber, M. (2019) The European Union: Security Governance and Collective Securitisation. West European Politics, 42(2).

Wolff, S. (2018). Ethnic Conflict: Critical Concepts in Political Science. London: Routledge.

Media/ policy engagement

Brown, K. (2019). Shamima Begum: why the IS teenager should be allowed to return to the UK. The Conversation.

Crilley, R. and Chatterje-Doody, P. (2019). Did Russia make Brexit promoter Nigel Farage a ‘YouTube star’? The Washington Post.

Dunn, D. (2018) How is Gatwick Airport vulnerable to drones? Social Sciences Birmingham.

Dunn, D. (2019) Undiplomatic Signals Social Sciences Birmingham.

Edwards, S. (2019) What Does the Cameron Highland By-Election Mean for the Orang Asli? The Diplomat.

Malik, A. and Edwards, S. (2018) Saudi Arabian Relations Under Strain in Southeast Asia The Diplomat.

Malik, A. and Edwards, S. (2018) Saudi Arabia’s influence in Southeast Asia – too embedded to be disrupted? The Conversation.

Malik, A. and Edwards, S. (2018) From 212 to 812: Copy and Paste Populism in Indonesia and Malaysia? The Diplomat.

Quinn, A. (2019) US-Iran conflict is heating up, but Trump and his team are not in sync Birmingham Brief.

Quinn, A. (2019) Long knives and thin skins: the Darroch affair. The UK in a Changing Europe.

Webber, M. (2019) NATO at 70: Don't retire the alliance yet. Birmingham Brief.

Wolff, S. (2018) Economic Connectivity and Diplomacy: What Role for the OSCE?

Wolff, S. and Malyarenko, T. (2019). Ukraine presidential election: young comedian leads polls, but country’s dangerous divisions are no joke. The Conversation.

Wolff, S. and Malyarenko, T. (2019). Ukraine elections: Russia sidelined as comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy leads, but long-term laughter may yet come from Moscow. The Conversation.

Wolff, S. (2019) Ukraine: with parliament dissolved, new president must now get serious – here’s how. The Conversation.

Wolff, S. (2019) Taking Stock and Looking Ahead: The European Union’s Approach to Conflict Management in the Eastern Partnership. RUSI.



wheeler-book-cover-contensis-250pxFeatured publication

Nicholas Wheeler’s ground-breaking new book presents a new theory of interpersonal trust between state leaders. Using case studies of US/ Soviet relations in the lead-up to the end of the Cold War, Indian/ Pakistani interactions in the wake of the 1998 nuclear tests, and US/ Iranian efforts at diplomatic outreach in 2009-10, the book argues how trust can be developed through face-to-face interactions and personal bonding. Prof Wheeler discusses his research on Trusting Enemies in his Inaugural Lecture.



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Arthur, P. & Yakinthou, C. (eds.) 2018. Transitional Justice, International Assistance, and Civil Society: Missed Connections, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Capelos, T., Exadaktylos, T., Chrona, S. & Pouloupoulou, M. 2017. The Emotional Economy of the European Financial Crisis in the UK Press. International Journal of Communication.

Edwards, S. 2018. The role of rational trust in ASEAN’s creation. In: Haukkala, H., van de Wetering C., and Vuorelma, J. (ed.) Trust in International Relations. Abingdon: Routledge.

Fontana, G. 2018. Mapping the relationship between education reform and power-sharing in and after intra-state peace agreements: A multi-methods study. International Journal of Education in Emergencies.

Fregonese, S. 2017. Affective atmospheres, urban geopolitics and conflict (de)escalation in Beirut. Political Geography, 61, 1-10.

Fregonese, S. 2017. English: lingua franca or disenfranchising? Fennia-International Journal of Geography, 195, 194-196.

Gray, P.W., 2018. Air Power History. In Routledge Handbook of Air Power (pp. 70-80). Routledge.

Jackson, P. 2018. Introduction: Second-Generation Security Sector Reform. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 12, 1-10.

Jackson, P. & Bakrania, S. 2018. Is the Future of SSR non-linear? Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 12, 11-30.

Jackson, P., Kassaye, D. & Shearon, E. 2018. ‘I Fought the Law and the Law Won’: Evidence on Policing Communities in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia. The British Journal of Criminology.

Kartsonaki, A. 2018. Breaking Away: Kosovo’s Unilateral Secession, Lanham, Lexington Books.

Malyarenko, T. & Wolff, S. 2018. The logic of competitive influence-seeking: Russia, Ukraine, and the conflict in Donbas. Post-Soviet Affairs, 34, 191-212.

Simon, E. & Simon, A. 2017. The Soviet use of the Moscow–Washington Hotline in the Six-Day War. Journal of Transatlantic Studies, 15, 284-305.

Simon, E. 2018. When David Fights Goliath: A Two-Level Explanation of Small-State Role-Taking. Foreign Policy Analysis.

Tenenbaum, H. R., Capelos, T., Lorimer, J. & Stocks, T. 2018. Positive thinking elevates tolerance: Experimental effects of happiness on adolescents’ attitudes toward asylum seekers. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 23, 346-357.

Webber, M. 2018. Die NATO-Erweiterung und die baltischen Staaten. In: Lemke, B. (ed.) Wegweiser zur Geschichte Baltikum Potsdam: Zentrum für Militärgeschichte und Sozialwissenschaften der Bundeswehr.

Webber, M. 2018. NATO enlargement and the post-communist states. In: Fagan, A., Kopecky, P. (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of East European Politics. Abingdon, Oxon and New York: Routledge.

Webber, M., Sperling, J. 2018. NATO Operations. In: Meijer, H. & Wyss, M. (ed.) Handbook of European Defence Policies and Armed Forces Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Wheeler, N. J. 2018. Trusting Enemies: Interpersonal Relationships in International Conflict, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Yakinthou, C. 2018. Fighting Windmills, Ignoring Dragons: International Assistance to Civil Society in Post-Conflict Bosnia and Herzegovina. In: Arthur, P., Yakinthou, C. (ed.) Transitional Justice, International Assistance, and Civil Society: Missed Connections. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Yakinthou, C. 2018. Reframing Friction: A Four-Lens Framework for Explaining Shifts, Fractures, and Gaps in Transitional Justice. In: Arthur, P., Yakinthou, C. (ed.) Transitional Justice, International Assistance, and Civil Society: Missed Connections. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Media engagement

Dunn, David H (2018) Trumpian Diplomacy and UK-US Relations (Social Sciences Birmingham)

Dunn, David H (2018) A Few Good People? British Army is Struggling to Recruit Them (EA Worldview)

Edwards, Scott (2018) Battles for legitimacy: The arrest of a former Prime Minister and what's next after Malaysia's historic election (BISA)

Edwards, Scott (2018) The implications of Najib Razak's arrest for Malaysia: The good, the bad, and the ugly (Asia Dialogue)

Edwards, Scott (2018) Malaysia's first new government in six decades revels in a shocking victory (The Conversation)

Simon, Eszter (2018) Only Vladimir Putin benefited from the Russia-US summit (The New Statesman)

Fontana, Giuditta (2018) 20 Years since the Good Friday Agreement: What we can learn from Northern Ireland's Peace Process? (Social Sciences Birmingham)

Wheeler, Nicholas (2018) Trust in face-to-face diplomacy (Oxford University Press blog)

Wheeler, Nicholas and Holmes, Marcus (2018) Lessons for Trump-Kim summit from Reagan and Gorbachev: trust and reassurance before denuclearisation (The Conversation)

Wheeler, Nicholas and Holmes, Marcus (2018) Fake bonding? Will Trump and Putin's Helsinki meeting replay Singapore? (Social Sciences Birmingham)

Wheeler, Nicholas (2018) The Personal Chemistry of Trust in International Politics (BISA blog)

Wheeler, Nicholas (2018) Can Adversaries Become Friends? (Social Sciences Birmingham)

Wolff, Stefan and Malyarenko, Tatyana (2018) Unsustainable Status Quo or a Costly Stability? (Focus Ukraine)

Wolff, Stefan and Ross, Simona (2018) The merits and risks of reshaping internal power balances along subnational governance levels (Development for Peace)

Wolff, Stefan, and Malyarenko, Tatyana (2018) Ukraine is still on the edge, despite all efforts to stabilise it (The Conversation)