Future of War Conference 2017

CCW Director, Rob Johnson, & Director of Studies, Annette Idler will be speaking at the New America  Future of War Conference 2017  on March 21 in Washington D.C.

 The event will feature leaders from government, military, journalism, academia, and the private sector exploring questions of international security and defense, including:

  • How will military innovations change the future force structure?
  • What lessons can social sciences teach us about what comes next for post-ISIS areas of Iraq and Syria?
  • How big should the U.S. military be?
  • What will U.S. relations with Russia and China look like in four years?
  • With the weaponization of social media, what is the future of war online?

This conference is one of the signature events of the Future of War project—a partnership between New America and Arizona State University—which brings together interdisciplinary experts working to develop new paradigms for understanding and addressing the changing nature of armed conflict and systematic violence.

Morality and Modern War Study Day

In the light of the conviction of Sergeant A. Blackman  (2013) and the investigation of an SAS non-commissioned officer Colin Maclachlan (October 2016) for an alleged ‘mercy killing’ in Iraq, this study day explores the morally-ambiguous battlefield. The law is clear that ‘mercy killing’ is not a recognised concept, although ‘diminished responsibility’ is well-established. The armed forces of the United Kingdom and other Western countries are also clear that the Law of Armed Conflict and the Geneva Conventions apply to all situations of combat. Yet the moral ambiguity of the battlefield, an extreme arena, reappears through time. Can this contradiction between the law and the soldier’s experience be resolved?

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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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