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More than Fighting for Peace? Conflict Resolution, UN Peacekeeping, and the Role of Training Military Personnel

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Delivered by David Curran (Research Fellow, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University), this podcast examines the role of training military personnel for UN peacekeeping, looking particularly at the role of approaches drawn from the conflict resolution field.
Date:
Thursday 16th November 2017

Registrations for ICCS training programme now open

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Registrations for ICCS training programme held at University of Birmingham from 16-20 April 2018. The programme aims to bring together students with delegates from around the world to learn about the different approaches to conflict resolution in International Relations.
Date:
Tuesday 14th November 2017

ICCS PhD student presents research at LSE conference

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On November 3rd, ICCS PhD student Donatella Bonansinga presented the main ideas and theories behind her research, at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Date:
Tuesday 14th November 2017

New voluntary work placements at the ICCS

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The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) is inviting applications for short term voluntary placements.
Date:
Thursday 9th November 2017

MoD publishes joint doctrine on Unmanned Aircraft Systems

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The Birmingham Policy Commission was cited extensively in the recent MoD Joint Doctrine Publication on Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
Date:
Monday 6th November 2017

Roundtable: The Social Construction of Trust

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The podcast is taken from the final Roundtable of an ICCS workshop held at the University of Birmingham in September 2017.
Date:
Wednesday 25th October 2017

European traineeship for ICCS volunteer

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Maren Evensen, who recently completed a voluntary work placement with the ICCS, has been accepted for a traineeship with the Council of Europe.
Date:
Wednesday 30th August 2017

Alumni Profile: Ellen Moser

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What attracted me to this course in particular was fact that it balances theory with practice, which makes it quite unique compared to other courses which focus nearly exclusively on a theoretical approach.
Date:
Tuesday 29th August 2017

MSc alumna and ICCS Research Associate awarded competitive traineeship with the European Commission

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Ellen Moser, a recent graduate from the MSc Global Cooperation and Security, and current Research Associate with the ICCS, has been selected for a prestigious traineeship with the European Commission.
Date:
Monday 21st August 2017

Alumni Profile: Brittany Atkinson

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The course was all around excellent. I particularly enjoyed the five-day training programme, opportunity to complete a work placement, and the module diversity. The degree has helped me make a major career change. Following the degree, I am now pursuing a career that I am passionate about in national security.
Date:
Thursday 17th August 2017

Alumni Profile: Hannah Keogh

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I really enjoyed studying under the real leaders in my field. The course was assessed in a varied way, without too much emphasis on exams, which I believe allowed me to strengthen skills which would be more useful professionally.
Date:
Thursday 17th August 2017

Alumni Profile: Juweria Ali

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One of the really interesting things about this masters programme was that we were taught by internationally recognised academics, we also had experts and practitioners on the topics we were studying come in and actually lead our seminars; for instance, Jamie Shea (Deputy Assistant Secretary for Emerging Security Challenges) from NATO.
Date:
Thursday 17th August 2017

PhD student awarded scholarship for San Diego workshop

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Ana Alecsandru, a doctoral researcher with the ICCS, recently attended the 2017 'Public Policy and Nuclear Threats' workshop in San Diego.
Date:
Wednesday 9th August 2017

Podcast: Roundtable: The UK terror attacks

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Between March and June 2017, the UK suffered four separate terrorist attacks in Westminster, Manchester, London Bridge and Finsbury Park which killed 36 people and injured over 200. The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) at the University of Birmingham brought together a cross-college panel of experts to address issues of radicalization, security and foreign policy, policing and intelligence, and counter-terrorism legislation. The panel explored the possible motivations for the attacks, review counter-terrorism policy in view of the uncertain state of UK domestic politics, and discuss how to mitigate the likelihood of similar attacks in the future.
Date:
Wednesday 9th August 2017

POLSIS Staff Discussing War, Peace, Traumatised Societies, and Shakespeare at The Royal Shakespeare Company

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As part of the Royal Shakespeare Company's Shakespeare's Rome series, Dr Chr´╗┐istalla Yakinthou was invited to discuss the relevance of their current production, Antony and Cleopatra, to today's world (Friday 04 August 2017).
Date:
Tuesday 8th August 2017

Why Trump and Putin's First Meeting Is Less Important than We Think

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ICCS Research Fellow Dr Eszter Simon discusses the recent meeting between Presidents Trump and Putin at the G20 summit in Hamburg.
Date:
Wednesday 26th July 2017

Liberal Arts Internship

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The ICCS is pleased to welcome Ayesha Hashim, who joins us for a 5 week internship organised and funded by Liberal Arts & Natural Sciences.
Date:
Thursday 20th July 2017

The future of UK and EU security cooperation

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Prof Nicholas J Wheeler, Director of the ICCS, is interviewed about the impact of Brexit on the UK's relationship with the EU regarding issues of defence and security policy.
Date:
Thursday 20th July 2017

Joan McGregor awarded Honorary Doctorate

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The ICCS is delighted that our friend and colleague Joan McGregor was conferred as a Doctor of the University at the graduation ceremony in July.
Date:
Wednesday 19th July 2017

ICCS welcomes new research volunteers

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Four students have joined the ICCS as part of its voluntary work placement scheme, which takes place over 10 weeks during the summer.
Date:
Wednesday 12th July 2017
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