Jan
16
1:00 PM13:00

'The Role of Deterrence in Managing Great Power Competition' by Michael Kofman (CNA Corporation/Woodrow Wilson Center) 

Seminars at 1.00pm, Seminar Room G, Manor Road Building, Oxford A light sandwich lunch is served at 12.50pm. All are welcome. In the United States national security and policy discourse has notably shifted away from low intensity conflict and back to the threat from peer and near-peer competitors. With great power competition and confrontation back...

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Jan
23
1:00 PM13:00

'How to Think About Limited War (Without Limiting Your Thinking)' by Professor Don Stoker (Vienna Diplomatic Academy) 

Seminars at 1.00pm, Seminar Room G, Manor Road Building, Oxford A light sandwich lunch is served at 12.50pm. All are welcome.  "Limited War" is one of the terms making a frequent appearance in the strategic studies, international relations, and military history realms...

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Jan
30
1:00 PM13:00

'The Military's Role in the Fall of Robert Mugabe in 2017 ' by Dr Miles Tendi (Oxford)

Seminars at 1.00pm, Seminar Room G, Manor Road Building, Oxford A light sandwich lunch is served at 12.50pm. All are welcome. 

Zimbabwe's long-time president Robert Mugabe was forced to resign the presidency in November 2017, following a political intervention by the country's military. Miles Tendi has just returned from Zimbabwe after a mo...

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Feb
6
1:00 PM13:00

'The Decision Point: Military Command in the 21st Century' by Professor Anthony King (Warwick) 

Seminars at 1.00pm, Seminar Room G, Manor Road Building, Oxford A light sandwich lunch is served at 12.50pm. All are welcome. Command has long been a major concern for military historians and security studies scholars. Focusing on the divisional headquarters and specifically on staff procedure, the ‘decision point’, this paper analyses the transformation of command in the 21st century. It claims that in contrast to the...

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Feb
20
1:00 PM13:00

'21st Century Deterrence – an Ethical Strategy?' by Dr Andy Corbett (King's College, London) 

Seminars at 1.00pm, Seminar Room G, Manor Road Building, Oxford A light sandwich lunch is served at 12.50pm. All are welcome. The nature of deterrence policy in the 21st century is the subject of considerable analysis but its relevance in today's defence...

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Feb
27
1:00 PM13:00

'Dealing with the Russians' by Dr Andrew Monaghan (Oxford) 

Seminars at 1.00pm, Seminar Room G, Manor Road Building, Oxford A light sandwich lunch is served at 12.50pm. All are welcome. 

This lecture explores the nature of the relationship between the Euro-Atlantic community and Russia and how to "deal with the Russians". It will reflect on the nature of the Russian policy - and suggest that this is often misdiagnosed by Euro-Atlantic observers, and then explore the extent to which dialogue may be possible and what deterrence might look like. 

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 Intra-Alliance Diplomacy and the 2016 NATO Warsaw Summit: The Goals and Tactics of European Allies
Dec
12
9:30 AM09:30

Intra-Alliance Diplomacy and the 2016 NATO Warsaw Summit: The Goals and Tactics of European Allies

This workshop at Pembroke College, Oxford, on 12 Dec 2017, will focus on highlighting the policy goals of five European NATO member states (the UK, France, Germany, Poland and Romania), examine the tactics they employed to influence Alliance policy during the lead-up to the Summit, and evaluate their level of success or failure....

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'Regional opportunities & Challenges facing the West in the Middle East' by Jonathan Paris
Nov
28
1:00 PM13:00

'Regional opportunities & Challenges facing the West in the Middle East' by Jonathan Paris

Regional opportunities & Challenges facing the West in the Middle East: Post- Isis Syria and Iraq, Iranian ascendancy in the region, and the reaction of the US, UK and their allies in the region. Prospects for Saudi Arabian reform and leadership of the Arab world...

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'The fight against Da’esh in Iraq and Syria' by Major General Rupert Jones
Nov
22
5:00 PM17:00

'The fight against Da’esh in Iraq and Syria' by Major General Rupert Jones

Major General Rupert Jones has just returned from 13 months based in Baghdad as the Deputy Commander of the US-led coalition supporting partner forces to defeat Da’esh in Iraq and Syria.  The period coincided with the liberation of Mosul and the fight to retake Da’esh’s self-proclaimed capital in Raqqah.  He will provide an insight into the nature of the campaign; the operational complexities of operating in close proximity to Syrian Regime, Russian, and Iranian forces; prospects for the future; the role the coalition and British forces are playing; and lessons for future warfighting and partner-led operations.  

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"Arab Wars: A Tale of State Survival & Resurgence" by Dr Florence Gaub
Oct
31
1:00 PM13:00

"Arab Wars: A Tale of State Survival & Resurgence" by Dr Florence Gaub

  • Seminar Room G, Manor Road Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

War and conflict are a common feature of the Arab world: more than seven interstate wars, eight intra-state conflicts, at least ten counterinsurgency operations and uncountable terrorist incidents have shaken the region since World War II. All welcome to hear Dr Florence Gaub speak more on the subject...

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'Giving up the Gun: Disengaging from Politically Motivated Violence in Northern Ireland' by Professor Neil Ferguson
Oct
17
1:00 PM13:00

'Giving up the Gun: Disengaging from Politically Motivated Violence in Northern Ireland' by Professor Neil Ferguson

  • Seminar Room G, Manor Road Building 5 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This presentation explores the processes involved in leaving social movements or disengaging from terrorist activities by providing an analysis of transformation away from politically motivated violence towards a civilian non-military role as part of the wider Northern Irish peace process amongst Loyalist and Republican paramilitary groups.

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Pacification and Counter Insurgency in Historical Perspective
Oct
4
8:30 AM08:30

Pacification and Counter Insurgency in Historical Perspective

  • All Soul's College, University of Oxford (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This one-day conference assesses whether the current terminology helps or hinders analysis. It will bring together historians and political scientists to foster a more holistic dialogue, and it will widen the spatial and temporal boundaries to explore these phenomena from late Roman antiquity through the wars of the French revolution, the era of imperial acquisition, twentieth-century decolonization, and modern wars of liberal intervention...

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Conflict Research and Policy Relevance: A Round-table Discussion
Sep
20
4:00 PM16:00

Conflict Research and Policy Relevance: A Round-table Discussion

  • Lecture Theatre, Nuffield College (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

How can academic research influence the policy-making process? Should academics be concerned about making their research relevant to contemporary problems of terrorism, political violence and war?

The purpose of this round-table discussion is to engage in these ongoing debates about the appropriate relationship between the academic and policy-making worlds... 

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Conflict Research Society Annual Conference 2017: ENDING VIOLENCE IN TURBULENT TIMES: Exploring the Conflict, Peace and Violence Nexus
Sep
18
to Sep 19

Conflict Research Society Annual Conference 2017: ENDING VIOLENCE IN TURBULENT TIMES: Exploring the Conflict, Peace and Violence Nexus

  • Pembroke College, Oxford (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

ONFLICT RESEARCH SOCIETY

Annual Conference, 2017

ENDING VIOLENCE IN TURBULENT TIMES:
Exploring the Conflict, Peace and Violence Nexus

Changing Character of War Programme
Pembroke College
University of Oxford
September 18-19, 2017

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Jul
10
1:00 PM13:00

Lawrence, the British Armed Forces and the First World War in the Middle East

Lawrence, the British Armed Forces and the First World War in the Middle East

This is a joint event between the Changing Character of War Programme and the Society for Army Historical Research.

Speakers include: Dr John Peaty, Dr Neil Faulkner, Gp Capt John Alexander, Maj Dr Paul Knight and CCW Director, Dr Rob Johnson. 

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Veteran Dialogue and the Future of War
Jun
13
8:45 AM08:45

Veteran Dialogue and the Future of War

This event is a two-day, panel-based workshop, devoted to the two themes of veteran/civilian dialogue and the future of warfare. The purpose of this workshop is to engage a broad audience of civilians, military personnel, academics and non-academics alike and encourage them to think more deeply about their moral relationship to these important and timely themes. The veteran dialogue portion of the workshop will focus on such broad themes as: soldier recruitment and the making of soldiers, the ethical experience of war, what we think society owes to veterans, veteran healthcare and compensation, moral injury, PTSD, spouse and family issues, and civil-military relations. The future of war portion of the workshop will focus on such broad themes as: emerging technologies such as fully autonomous weapons, soldier enhancement, surveillance and meta-data; counter-terrorism and institutional reform, the ‘individualization’ of war, war and poverty, and emerging conceptual frameworks for military tactics and strategy.    

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Global Peace Index 2017 Launch Event
Jun
7
7:30 PM19:30

Global Peace Index 2017 Launch Event

The Institute for Economics and Peace will be releasing the 11th edition of its Global Peace Index.

Is the world becoming more or less peaceful? The 2017 report provides the rankings of 163 countries according to levels of peacefulness, measures the impact of conflict on the global economy, and assesses whether peace can be measured as a development goal.

Steve Killelea, Founder and Executive Chairman of the Institute for Economics and Peace, will present the findings of the 2017 Index. The Bishop of Derby, Lord Browne and Professor Richard Caplan will also speak. This will be followed by a drinks reception. All welcome.

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May
30
7:30 PM19:30

The Convergence of Conflict & Organised Crime

Dr Annette Idler will be presenting the topic: 'The Convergence of Conflict & Organised Crime' for the Oxford International Relations Society. 


There will be a complimentary drinks reception after the talk, plus the opportunity to have dinner with Dr Idler before. If you wish to have dinner with the speaker, please follow the link below: https://goo.gl/forms/hos3O6xxtulXCxI92 

This event is FREE for members and £3 for non-members, with a special offer of £20 for lifetime membership of the Society available for a limited time.

Dr Idler is the Director of Studies of the Changing Character of War Programme, Senior Research Fellow at Pembroke College, and Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford University. She is also Research Associate at the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding, Graduate Institute Geneva. Her research interests lie at the interface of security, conflict and transnational organised crime and she has conducted extensive fieldwork in the war-torn and crisis-affected borderlands of Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela, analysing the relationships among rebels, criminals and paramilitary groups. Alongside her experience of working for the UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery and the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, she is regularly invited to give expert briefings to governments and international organisations including the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, the UN Department of Political Affairs and EUROPOL, among others.
 

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May
25
12:00 PM12:00

Brand Warfare and the Demobilization of FARC Rebels in Colombia by Dr Alex Fattal

This talk examines the intersection between the counterinsurgency state and the marketing nation in Colombia. Through an ethnography of the government’s efforts to interpolate and demobilize fighters from leftist insurgencies,  Dr Fattalanalyzes the joint effort of the Program for Humanitarian Attention to the Demobilized in the Colombian Ministry of Defense and the consumer marketing firm it hires to transform guerrilla subjects into entrepreneurs and consumer citizens.

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