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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)
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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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Feb
3
9:00 AM09:00

Working Group: Coercive Radicalization: Charismatic Authority and the Internal Strategies of ISIS and the Lord’s Resistance Army by Eleanor Beevor (DPhil, Anthropology)

  • Andrew Pitt Room, Pembroke College OX1 1DW (map)
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A framework for understanding Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS)’s apocalyptic theology as an internal strategy to “coercively radicalize” its captive subjects is presented, by comparison to the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), which shares key stages of captive indoctrination with ISIS. A violent experience of “entry,” religious rules learned in an “assimilation” process, and millenarian “grand narratives” framing violence as purification, are examined. These stages construct an image of group leaders as divinely endowed with spiritual knowledge and access (i.e., charismatic authority). This can create a sense of dependency on the leaders and their instructions, potentially motivating violent and altruistic behavior from initially unwilling subjects.

If you would like to attend the working group meetings and receive the discussion papers, or for more information about the group, please contact nicholas.barker@nuffield.ox.ac.uk

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Jun
10
9:00 AM09:00

CCW-Working Group meeting: Jonathan Askonas (DPhil Candidate in International Relations) and Jessie Hronesova (DPhil Candidate in Politics)

  • Allen and Overy Room, Pembroke College Oxford OX1 1DW (map)
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The CCW Working Group on Armed Conflict will meet from 9am to 11am on Friday 10 June in the Allen and Overy Room, Pembroke College. Jonathan Askonas (DPhil Candidate in International Relations) will present a paper on Hybrid Warfare.

All are welcome to attend. For more details about the Working Group, please contact nicholas.barker@nuffield.ox.ac.uk.

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Apr
29
9:00 AM09:00

CCW-Working Group meeting: Geopolitics of the Indian Ocean by Jonathan Ward (DPhil, University of Oxford)

  • The Allen and Overy Room, Pembroke College Oxford OX1 1DW (map)
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The CCW Working Group on Armed Conflict will meet from 9am to 11am on Friday 29 April in the Allen and Overy Room, Pembroke College. We will have a presentation from Jonathan Ward (DPhil candidate in History) on the'Geopolitics of the Indian Ocean'.

All are welcome to attend. For more details about the Working Group, please contact nicholas.barker@nuffield.ox.ac.uk.

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Apr
5
10:00 AM10:00

CCW Working Group on Armed Conflcit with Jessie Hronesova

  • Andrew Pitt Room, Pembroke College Oxford OX1 1DW (map)
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The CCW Working Group on Armed Conflict will meet from 10am to 12pm on Tuesday 5th April in the Andrew Pitt Room, Pembroke College. We will have a work in progress presentation from Jessie Hronesova (DPhil Politics) on her research on victims and veterans in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina.  

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Mar
23
10:00 AM10:00

CCW Working Group on Armed Conflict with Jeremy Cunningham

  • Andrew Pitt Room, Pembroke College Oxford OX1 1DW (map)
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The CCW Working Group on Armed Conflict will meet from 10am to 12pm on Wednesday 23rd March, in the Andrew Pitt Room, Pembroke College. We will have a presentation from Jeremy Cunningham on his planned research on peace education in Sri Lanka, and we will have the first session of our reading group, discussing Paul Staniland's Networks of Rebellion.   

If you are interested in attending and are not already on the Working Group's mailing list, please contact nicholas.barker@nuffield.ox.ac.uk for more information.

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Mar
11
9:00 AM09:00

CCW Working Group on Armed Conflict

  • Allen & Overy Room, Pembrooke College Oxford OX1 1DW (map)
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The CCW Working Group on Armed Conflict will meet from 9am to 11am on Friday 11 March in the Allen & Overy Room, Pembroke College. We will have presentations by Remco Zwetsloot (MPhil International Relations) on his paper "Understanding the Different Logics of Post-Conflict Power Sharing" and by Jasmine Bhatia (DPhil, DPIR) who has recently returned from conducting fieldwork in Afghanistan. 

If you are interested in attending and are not already on the Working Group's mailing list, please contact nicholas.barker@nuffield.ox.ac.uk for more information.

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Feb
18
8:30 AM08:30

Launching the CCW Working Group on Armed Conflict: a Morning Roundtable with Stathis Kalyvas

The working group is a student-led initiative that aims to facilitate research into the causes, character and consequences of armed conflict. With meetings taking place every fortnight, the group serves as a forum for students and researchers to discuss their own work and developments in the field, and as a meeting point to find areas of mutual interest and opportunities for collaboration and cooperation. Interdisciplinary in outlook and open to diverse theoretical and methodological approaches, the group is for anyone interested in advancing the study of armed conflict, civil war and related issues such as peacebuilding and post-war reconstruction. 

The first meeting will take place on Thursday 18 February, 8.30am Allen and Overy Room, Pembroke College. Registration is essential - please email  nicholas.barker@nuffield.ox.ac.uk. As space is very limited and considerable interest is anticipated, priority will be given in the first instance to graduate students enrolled on an Oxford University degree and to fulltime members of staff with a longer term interest in the working group. Please state your degree course/role when registering.

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