The Changing Character of War Programme seeks a motivated and enthusiastic research assistant to join its Colombia project, Towards Sustainable Peace in Colombia and the World: A Critical Perspective on Army Transformation.Read More
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.Read More
CCW held its first Executive Leadership Course at St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford from 20-24 June. The course initiated stimulating exchanges on how to ‘Understand, Plan, Act’ in the light of the changing character of armed conflict.Read More
After presenting his research on Warlords, Intervention, and State Consolidation as part of the CCW Lunchtime Seminar Series, Romain Malejacq sat down to discuss his work in greater depth with Adam Brodie.Read More
CCW Visiting Fellow Andrew Monaghan has recently published an article with Chatham House examining Russian mobilisation and preparation for war. The article sets out what mobilisation means in Russian thinking, why it is taking place, and what it means in practical terms.
Article available here.Read More
A conference was held at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and Pembroke College of the University of Oxford between 20 and 22 April 2016, to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the Arab Revolt and a critical stage in the First World War. It was wonderful to be able to bring together a great diversity of scholars from several nationalities and disciplinary specialisms, including cultural history, literature, Russianists, Arabists, and military history. If we needed any reminder that the First World War was a global war, then the range of papers and the cohering theme of the Middle East in the context of the conflict underscored it admirably. Resonances with the present also appeared throughout the conference. At a time when commentators talk of an era of perpetual war, especially with regard to the Middle East, our group of scholars set out to explore the period 1911-1923 and in doing so challenge and test the assertion that the conflicts of the present are the inherited legacies of the First World War.Read More
As part of a series of events on the First World War in the Middle East, there will be a one-day study day in Pembroke College on Friday 22 April. Speakers include Professor Eugene Rogan and Professor Margaret Macmillan. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register to attend.
A link to the programme can be found here.Read More
A recent CCW public lecture illustrates the complexities of academic analysis in an increasingly connected world.
On March 8, 2016, Olly Owen’s public lecture for Changing Character of War (CCW) of drew unexpected attention. Owen, an anthropologist with Oxford’s Department of International Development, intended his discussion, The New Biafrans: Historical Imagination and Structure Conflict in Nigeria’s Separatist Revival, to be an exploration of history, memory, economics and politics in Nigeria’s southeast. The hope, Owen told CCW, was to prompt further investigation into the roots of the Nigerian independence movement, which has waxed and waned since the 1960s.Read More
The New Strategist is a collaborative journal between the CCW Programme and the UK MOD's Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre. The journal aims to acquaint readers with excellent and innovative multi- and inter-disciplinary scholarship in strategic studies that address the pressing concerns of strategic leaders in the fields of defence and security.Read More
The CCW will be holding an intensive one-week executive leadership course that 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.Read More
Today saw the successful launch of the CCW Working Group on Armed Conflict, attended by students, faculty and visiting fellows from departments and programmes across the university. Eminent scholar of civil war and violence, Stathis Kalyvas, gave a presentation on how the study of civil war and armed conflict has progressed over the last decades, and how future research can tackle important questions about the causes, character and consequences of violent conflict.Read More
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.Read More