Director of Research on Russia & Northern European Defence & Security

The Changing Character of War Programme is pleased to announce that Dr Andrew Monaghan has been appointed as the Director of Research on Russia and Northern European Defence and Security. He will be responsible for the academic direction of research on Russia undertaken under the Programme’s auspices whilst also pursuing his own research in one of the core disciplines of the Programme.

Dr Monaghan will be joining us from Chatham House, where he was a senior research fellow in the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House.  He was previously a visiting fellow at the Changing Character of War Programme, and until late 2012, he led the Russia related research in the Research Division of the NATO Defence College (NDC) in Rome. He has served as an expert witness to several parliamentary committees including the UK’s National Security Strategy Committee and the House of Commons Foreign Affairs and Defence Select Committees. He received his PhD in Russian foreign policy from the Department of War Studies, King’s College, from where he also obtained an MA in War Studies, graduating with the Simon O’Dwyer Russell prize.

Call for Applications to the CCW Executive Leadership Course 

 

A brochure for the leadership course is available here. The timetable for the week can also be viewed here. The application form can be downloaded here

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. 

Dr Rob Johnson receives the Trench Gascoigne Prize from the Royal United Services Institute

On 12th December Dr Rob Johnson, Senior Research Fellow at Pembroke and Director of the Changing Character of War Programme, received first prize in the Trench Gascoigne Prize from the Royal United Services Institute. Dr Johnson was presented with the prize by the Chief of the Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach. This annual essay prize has existed since 1874, and recognises original writing on contemporary issues of national and international defence and security.

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Part-time Programme Assistant - Graduate Internship Opportunity

Pembroke College of the University of Oxford is looking for a part-time (50%) graduate intern to provide support to its Changing Character of War Research Programme (CCW). This varied role provides an excellent opportunity for a proactive, enthusiastic individual to gain experience of a successful, policy-relevant research programme based in one of the most dynamic and forward-looking of the Oxford Colleges. For full details of the role, please refer to the full job description and particulars on the Pembroke website.

The post is available immediately, for 12 months in the first instance. However, there is the possibility of renewal after 12 months. Candidates who would prefer a contract which runs until the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year would also be considered. 

Applicants must hold the right to work in the UK.

A CV and covering letter, explaining why you think you would be suitable for the role, should be submitted to Jane Richmond by 5pm, Monday 9th January.

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OUSSG to welcome Major General Ahmad Mahmood Hayat, Director General for Analysis for Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency

OUSSG is excited to welcome our first speaker for 6th week, Major General Ahmad Mahmood Hayat, Director General for Analysis for Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency. Maj Gen Hayat will be speaking in the Pichette Auditorium at Pembroke College on Tuesday November 15th at 6:00pm. This will be a free event. 

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Call for articles: The New Strategist

The New Strategist Journal welcomes submissions from academics and policymakers across all disciplines including international relations, political science, military history, strategic studies, political sociology, political economy, anthropology, organisational and management studies, and all fields related to international affairs, security and policy. The New Strategist Journal aspires to be a forum for ‘disruptive’ thinking, critique, challenge, and innovation and therefore inter-disciplinary submissions are particularly welcome.

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The new politics of Russia: Interpreting change

The new politics of Russia: Interpreting change

Andrew Monaghan, CCW Visiting Fellow, has just published a new book looking at why we tend to get Russia wrong -
and are surprised by it - and how we might go about thinking about it. It includes a chapter on Russia's relations with the Euro-Atlantic community, and two chapters on Russian domestic politics, one of them exploring the wider political landscape, the other looking at who's who and why.

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Great War in the Middle East

Great War in the Middle East

Rob Johnson's latest book has been described by Roger Owen (Harvard) as 'far and away the best military history of the Great War in the Middle East'. Many of the most commonly accepted assertions about the First World War in the Middle East are more often stated than they are truly tested. Rob now seeks to put this right by examining in detail the strategic and operational course of the war in the Middle East. 

 The Great War in the Middle East will be published by OUP in October. 

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