The CCW holds a number of Private & Public events, from weekly and bi-weekly seminars, to conferences and study days, and an annual Executive Leadership Course. 

The CCW Term Card for Michaelmas 2017 is now available here


In addition to public events, CCW provides bespoke services for government and military institutions. CCW provides bespoke support to individuals and organisations in government and the armed forces, both in the United Kingdom and internationally. These include lectures and study days, advice, committee support and connections to subject specialists.

The CCW also convenes a number of international conferences, symposia and workshops, where personnel from academic, government, international organisations and armed forces are brought together to discuss matters of common interest. Many of these are focused on the problems of making strategy, including for the fourth year running, in collaboration with the Development Concepts and Doctrine Centre, the ‘Strategy Forum’ (October 2016, March 2017, October 2017).  

We also staged international conferences on Russia and Nordic-Baltic Defence and Security, military modernisation, operations in an information age (including hybrid warfare challenges), and metrics for the assessment of change in conflict. We have a proven track record in the delivery of high quality, high impact events like these. We have a close but critical relationship with many defence institutions internationally and we are valued for our ability to generate original thinking drawn from diverse perspectives which informs and shapes their work.


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Seminars

During term, 60-70 graduate students and Programme associates attend CCW Seminars on a weekly basis. The long-running Tuesday lunchtime seminar series reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the programme: local and international speakers, drawn from a variety of disciplines, present research relating to the changing character of warfare.

The bi-weekly Wednesday evening seminar series addresses a particular theme throughout the academic year, sometimes resulting in a published volume, such as British Generals in Blair’s Wars (Ashgate, 2013). In 2015-16, the theme of the series will be violent non-state groups, and seminars will focus on different non-state actors in conflict, including rebels, terrorist organisations, and militias.

Our annual public lectures attract audiences of over 400. Lecturers have included soldiers, academics, and statesmen who have had a significant impact on world events. Recent lecturers have included David Petraeus and David Kilcullen.

A PDF of our current term card is available here

CCW Lunchtime Seminar Series

The long-running Tuesday lunchtime seminar series reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the programme: local and international speakers, drawn from a variety of disciplines, present research relating to the changing character of warfare. This series is chaired by the CCW Director and Visiting Fellows are expected to attend where possible. It takes place on Tuesday at 1.00pm in the Department of Politics on Manor Road, Seminar Room G (1250 for a sandwich lunch).

Violent Non-State Groups Seminar Series

The bi-weekly Wednesday evening seminar series addresses a particular theme throughout the academic year, sometimes resulting in a published volume, such as British Generals in Blair’s Wars (Ashgate, 2013). The theme of the series has recently been violent non-state groups, and seminars these focus on different non-state actors in conflict, including rebels, terrorist organisations, and militias. This seminar series is chaired by the Director of Studies, Dr Annette Idler, and is held at 5.15pm in the Wharton Room, All Souls College on alternate Wednesday afternoons each term. This series does not run in Trinity Term.

The Military History Seminar Series.

The Military History Seminar Series, convened by Dr Adrian Gregory, takes place at 5.15pm in the Wharton Room, All Souls College on Wednesdays during the Oxford term, on alternate weeks to the Violent Non-state Groups seminar. This series does not run in Trinity Term

Visiting Fellow Presentations

In addition to public seminars, the Programme also puts on bespoke events and team meetings for Visiting Fellows and team members each term where Fellows have the opportunity to present their work.


Conferences & Study Days

Six of the books in the OUP Changing Character of War series are direct products of CCW conferences – those on the Laws of Armed ConflictClausewitzPre-emptionJust and Unjust Warriors, the UN Security CouncilPrisoners in War, the History of Surrender,the Changing Character of War, and considerations of policy and strategy At The End of Military Intervention. Other conferences and workshops have resulted in the publication of new doctrine, independent volumes, including one on Combat and Cohesion, and articles or chapters, including the partnering of indigenous forces, in True to Their Salt. Recent international conferences have included a symposium on ‘Civil-Military Relations in the Making of Strategy’ in September 2014, which brought together British, American, Canadian, New Zealand, and Dutch academics and senior military personnel (including Defence Attachés); and ‘Frontline: Combat and Cohesion in Iraq and Afghanistan’, which considered battlefield performance of today’s professional forces, particularly in contrast to the citizen armies of the 20th century. The principal organizer was Professor Anthony King of Exeter University and a Visiting Fellow of CCW. 


Executive Leadership Course

CCW holds its annual Executive Leadership Course at the end of Trinity Term. This intensive one-week executive leadership course running from the 26th to 30th June 2017 will equip participants with a critical understanding of the changing character of armed conflict as well as the conceptual and practical tools necessary to anticipate and tackle future conflict. The course takes an interdisciplinary, participatory approach and combines academic rigour with innovative practical thinking. It is critical for current and future leaders involved in policy-formulation, practice or research related to security, defence and peacebuilding. 

The combination and convergence of new technologies, including cyberwar, in the context of the information age, and the corresponding prevalence of low-tech’ challenges by violent non-state actors has created significant challenges to addressing future security threats. The changing geo-strategic balance, or perceptions of change, against a background of fundamental shifts in the global economy, has added to the sense of uncertainty. Nevertheless, there are well-established hot spots of conflict which allow analysts the opportunity to make more concrete assessments, while international institutions continue to provide mechanisms for diplomacy and co-operation.

Structure and Methodology

This course will involve critically reflecting on recent examples, assessing risks, planning and testing policy ideas and forecasting strategic trends. Modelled on successful programmes that we have run in the past, it will be structured into intensive participatory breakout sessions, evaluation of case studies and practical exercises. A number of keynote speakers will complement the interactive course sessions. Course facilitators will include distinguished academics and experienced practitioners.

Speakers include

  • Dr Rob Johnson
  • Dr Annette Idler
  • Professor Rana Mitter (Director of the China Centre, University of Oxford)
  • Sam Daws (Director, Project on UN Governance and Reform)
  • Lord John Alderdice (Former Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly)

Participants

Global in outlook, the course is principally designed for government officials, staff of international organisations and NGOs, military professionals and the private sector with several years of work experience in issues related to security, defence or peacebuilding. It is also for scholars researching armed conflict.

Sessions include

  • The Changing Character of War
  • New Security Threats and Revolutions in Military Affairs
  • Behavioural Patterns among Violent Non-state Groups
  • The Relationship between Policy and Strategy
  • Wars of the Future: New Conflicts, New Policy?

Requirements

  • Minimum of 5 years work experience in a relevant field or postdoctoral level
  • Application form, motivation letter and CV to be submitted by 1 May 2017
  • Able to demonstrate visa requirements
  • Proficiency in the English language