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.Read More
We regret to inform you that the Violent Non-State Actors seminar on 9 November has had to be postponed until Hilary Term due to illness. We will announce details of the new date and arrangements as soon as possible.
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.Read More
CCW are looking forward to an array of interesting speakers and exciting events in the coming term. Our term card with information about the regular seminar series has just been published. Further information about special events such as a study day on Operational Art and a special lecture by Rob Johnson on the Great War in the Middle East will follow shortly.Read More
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.
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