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Podcast: New Voices: cultural and moral dimensions of torture and mercenaries

Date of Publication: 13/04/2019 Description: This podcast is part of the War Studies New Voices series which showcases emerging research from our PhD community. Emily Brown researches the ways in which torture and prisoner abuse narratives in American popular culture have helped to conceptualise the practice of judicial torture. Since the attacks on US soil on September 11th, 2001, it has become increasingly obvious that torture is considered acceptable in fictional representations of...


Event: Hybrid Conflicts and Information Warfare (Book Launch)

Date of Recording: 04/04/2019 Description: Ofer Fridman and Vitaly Kabernik will present their new book Hybrid Conflicts and Information Warfare: New Labels, Old Politics. Chair: Prof. David Betz What is Hybrid Warfare? And what role does Information play in today’s conflicts? In the context of the technological/information revolution of the last two decades―which has greatly amplified the danger posed by nonmilitary means of political struggle―Hybrid Conflicts and Information Warfare...


Event: Pathways to Climate Security I

Date of Recording: 01/04/2019 Description: Over the past decade, renewable energy has expanded at breakneck speed, surpassing all expectations. Installed capacity and production from all renewable sources have increased substantially across the globe and some 180 countries have renewable energy targets in one form or another. While few predicted such growth, the fundamental drivers that contributed to this momentum seem to always have been clear: energy security considerations following...


Event: European Navies and the Conduct of War

Date of recording: 20 Mar 2019 Description: 'European Navies and the Conduct of War' considered the different contexts within which European navies operated over a period of 500 years culminating in World War Two, the greatest war ever fought at sea. Taking predominately continental point of view, the book moves away from the typically British-centric approach taken in naval history as it considers the role of European navies in the development of modern warfare, from its medieval origins to...


Event: 'Spying for Wellington' - Dr Huw Davies

Date of Recording: 19 Feb 2019 Description: Book Launch 'Spying for Wellington: British Military Intelligence in the Peninsular War' - Dr Huw Davies Intelligence is often a critical factor in a successful military campaign. This was certainly the case for Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington, in the Peninsular War. In this book, author Huw J. Davies offers the first full account of the scope, complexity, and importance of Wellington's intelligence department, describing a highly...


Podcast: Building Stability (CSD Conference)

Date of Publication: 16 March 2019 Description: What is the future of security and development in an uncertain world? On the 7th and 8th of March, students from KCL’s Conflict Security and Development (CSD) MA course in the Dept. of War Studies and students from the International Development Department in the School of Global Affairs held the 2019 student-led CSD titled ‘Building Stability: Security and Development futures in an uncertain world’ to address this very question. For this...


Event: In a Time of Monsters: Travels Through a Middle East in Revolt

Date of Recording: 25 Feb 2019 Description: Returning to the UK in September 2010 after serving in Iraq as the political adviser to the top American general, Emma Sky felt no sense of homecoming. She soon found herself back in the Middle East, traveling through a region in revolt. In A Time of Monsters bears witness to the demands of young people for dignity and justice during the Arab Spring; the inability of sclerotic regimes to reform; the descent of Syria into civil war; the rise of the...


Podcast: Extralegal Groups with Dr Christine Cheng

Date of Publication: 2/03/2019 Description: What are Extralegal groups in the context of post-conflict societies? How can trade play a role in state building? And how do we define a ‘good’ state? These are just a few questions we discussed with Dr Christine Cheng, Lecturer in the DWS and author of the recent book, Extralegal groups in post-conflict Liberia: How trade makes the state’. In her latest book, Dr Cheng writes, ‘Where the state is weak and political authority is contested, where...


Event: United Nations Peace Operations in a Changing Global Order

Descritpion: Over the past 70 years, more than one million troops from more than 110 nations have participated in 70 UN peacekeeping missions. It is a remarkable achievement, but at a time when multilateral institutions are increasingly asked to justify their relevance, the future of peace operations is less certain. The global order is changing and this uncertainty has profound implications on the world’s biggest international organisation and its flagship activity. This roundtable...


Event: Current legal developments in the field of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

Date of Recording: 21/02/2019 Description: Genocide and crimes against humanity are the quintessential international crimes. Our understandings of these terms continue to evolve, the result of judicial and political initiatives. Recent developments in international case law and ongoing work to develop a crimes against humanity convention will be reviewed. Speaker bio: Professor William A. Schabas is a professor of international law at Middlesex University in London. He is also professor of...


Podcast: Drawing from Nuclear History to Understand Today's Challenges

Date of publication: 12/02/2019 Description: Researchers and students of war and global security often look to the past to better understand developments in the present. So, how might the history of Nuclear weapons help us understand today’s security challenges? The advent of nuclear weapons caused a significant shift in the perceived cost of war between great powers due to the sheer power of nuclear arsenals. In turn, the unacceptable risk and danger of nuclear war necessitated the...


Event: Exploding the misconceptions of Belt and Road and Britain’s possible place post Brexit

Date of Recording: 23/01/2019 Description: One of the world’s most ambitious investment and infrastructure development projects, the Belt and Road Initiative is a Chinese government strategy to connect overland and maritime routes across Asia, Africa and Europe. Projected to cost more than US$1tr and involving investments and projects in over seventy states, it is a statement of China’s strategic ambition and growing global role. In his keynote address for the Centre for Defence Studies at...


Podcast: Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia (2018 Marjan-Marsh Award)

Date of Publication: 02/02/2019 Description: In November 2018 The Marjan-Marsh Prize awarded by the Department of War Studies in partnership with the Marsh Christian Trust was presented to Milan Ruzic, President of the Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia (BPSSS). This award is given annually to someone who has made an invaluable contribution to an area where conflict and conservation overlap. The Marsh Christian Trust was started in 1981 by businessman Brian Marsh to honour ‘unsung...


Event: Assurance and Deterrence Within an Alliance Framework: Kori Schake (Keynote)

Date of Recording: 17/01/2019 Description: The keynote address on Day 1 of the 'Assurance and Deterrence Within an Alliance Framework' symposium was given by Dr Kori Schake, Deputy Director-General, International Institute for Strategic Studies. Dr Schake oversees the Institute’s world-class research programme and acts as a driving force behind initiatives to enhance the Institute's work and profile. She has worked with both the military and civilian staffs of the Pentagon, in the White...


Event: Assurance and Deterrence Within an Alliance Framework: Brig. J.J. Quincy Adams (Keynote)

Date of Recording: 18/01/2019 Description: On Day 2 the keynote address of the 'Assurance and Deterrence Within an Alliance Framework' symposium was given by Brigadier General Jasper De Quincy Adams, Director of Comprehensive Crisis and Operations Management Centre, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe NATO (SACEUR). He completed three tours in Iraq (Op TELICs 5, 8 and 11). Subsequently, he was posted to the UK's Permanent Joint Force Headquarters (PJHQ) before deploying to Afghanistan...


Event: Restraining Great Powers (Book Launch)

Date of Recording: 16/01/2019 Description: At the end of the Cold War, the United States emerged as the world’s most powerful state, and then used that power to initiate wars against smaller countries in the Middle East and South Asia. According to balance‑of‑power theory—the bedrock of realism in international relations—other states should have joined together militarily to counterbalance the U.S.’s rising power. Yet they did not. Nor have they united to oppose Chinese aggression in the...


Event: Developing an Academic Discipline of Wargaming

Date of Recording: 16/01/2019 Description: While a renaissance in wargaming is currently underway across the political, military, educational, and commercial sectors, there is no academic discipline dedicated to the study and practice of wargaming. While wargame design, research and execution is advancing, a lack of integration limits the impact of these innovative activities. And although the body of scholarly work on wargaming is growing, it has yet to be drawn together to develop...


Podcast: From the Trial of the Kaiser to the ICC

Date of Publication: 19/01/2019 Description: We are going to kick off 2019 by exploring the development of international criminal law and justice, starting from the year 1919. Following the end of the First World War, the Allied nations of Britain, France and Italy agreed to try the former German Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II before an international criminal tribunal, while the US stood largely opposed to such an unprecedented trial. During the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, International...


Event: The Military and Nigerian Politics

Date of Recording: 19/10/18 Description: Why and how do military governments surrender power to elected civilian governments? The nineteen years since Nigeria emerged from military rule and transitioned to democracy in May 1999 is the longest era of civilian rule in its history. After the military governed Nigeria for 29 of the previous 33 years, 1999 ended a long-standing pattern of failed attempts by military governments to cede power to civilians. However, the transition to civilian rule...


Event: 'Art and Power' by Valentin Inzko

Date of Recording: 29/11/2018 Description: To mark the end of the Art & Reconciliation event series, the project team held a symposium where project participants, artists, practitioners and academics will explore the key themes of the project. This symposium started with a keynote lecture by Dr Valentin Inzko, High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, on 'Art and Power'. Bio: Dr Valentin Inzko is an Austrian diplomat currently serving as the High Representative for Bosnia and...