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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The First World War in the Middle East: 1911-1923. A Brief Report to the Globalising and Localising Great War Project

The First World War  in the Middle East: 1911-1923. A Brief Report to the Globalising and Localising Great War Project

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.

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