Centre for Security Studies
The Centre for Security Studies (CSS) is a multidisciplinary research centre based at Loughborough University. Located within Politics and International Studies, in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, the centre brings together researchers from across the university to analyse emerging security challenges from a mix of innovative, cross-disciplinary perspectives. Our research expertise cuts across five principal thematic areas:
News and events
|Seminar series||Professor Michael Henshaw||TBC||28 October 2020||Online||14:00-15:00|
|Invited Speaker||Professor Morten Bøås, Norwegen Institute of Intrernational Affairs||"The EU, migration management and state fragility in Niger: How unintended consequences can undermine fine-tuned domestic elite political compromises"||18 November 2020||Online||14:00-15:00|
|Seminar series||Professor Paul Thomas||"TOXI-Triage"||9 December 2020||Online||14:00-15:00|
|Seminar series||Dr Hannah Partis-Jennings||"The Military-Peace Complex: Gender and Materiality in Afghanistan"||10 February 2021||Register Online||13:00-14:00|
|Seminar series||Professor Caroline Kennedy-Pipe||"On the pacifism of Vera Brittain"||March 10 2021||Online||14:00-15:00|
|Invited Speaker||Professor Caron Gentry (University of St. Andrews)||"Disordered Violence: Why Right-Wing Terrorism Has Always Been Misogynist Terrorism"||19 May 2021||Online||15:00-16:00|
Duncan Depledge’s article ‘Train Where You Expect to Fight: Why Military Exercises Have Increased in the High North’ was published in the Scandinavian Journal of Military Studies.
- Hannah Partis-Jennings’s book Military-Peace Complex: Gender and Materiality in Afghanistan has been published: https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-the-military-peace-complex.html.
- Giorgos Katsambekis gave an invited talk at the UCL Global Politics Lecture Series titled 'Populism: beyond moralism and monism.'
- Hannah Partis-Jennings’ co-authored article with Henry Redwood titled 'War art and the formation of community' has been accepted for publication by Critical Studies on Security and will be available via Online First: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21624887.2021.1875711 soon.
- Ali Bligic has written for the Conversation about the USA’s decision to re-entry to the Iran Nuclear Deal: https://theconversation.com/biden-and-the-iran-nuclear-deal-what-to-expect-from-the-negotiations-155695. He was also interviewed by Deutsche Welle (DW) about Turkish foreign policy in Africa: https://www.dw.com/en/turkey-seeks-to-strengthen-africa-relations-with-benevolence/a-56452857?maca=en-Twitter-sharing
- Duncan Depledge’s article ‘NATO and the Arctic: The Need for a New Approach’ was published in the RUSI Journal
- Giorgos Katsambekis gave an invited talk at the Populism Study Circle at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki titled 'Populism and the pandemic'.
- Ali Bilgic attended as a speaker in a workshop on Turkish domestic and foreign policy organised by the Cabinet Office and Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI) on 13 January.
- Chris Zebrowski and Dan Sage have been awarded funding of £136,000 from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), part of UK Research and Innovation, (UKRI) to research how ResilienceDirect is used by LRFs to facilitate collaborations in the context of the UK’s COVID-19 response:https://www.lboro.ac.uk/media-centre/press-releases/2020/july/local-level-covid-response-resilience-direct/
- Guy Aitchison co-authored a blog piece with Dr. Luke Cooperfor Social Europe on the dangers of a global shift towards authoritarianism in light of the COVID19 pandemic, "Authoritarian threats, democratic responses": https://www.socialeurope.eu/authoritarian-threats-democratic-responses
- Chris Zebrowski published a conversation with Robin Dunbar and Per Olson entitled "Is humanity unable to plan for the future? Three experts discuss" in The Conversation: https://theconversation.com/is-humanity-doomed-because-we-cant-plan-for-the-long-term-three-experts-discuss-137943
- Duncan Depledge presented a paper on ‘Perspectives on the nature of competition in the High North and North Atlantic and main points of contention out to 2030’ at a virtual workshop on the High North and North Atlantic organised by The Changing Character of War Centre, University of Oxford.
- Duncan Depledge chaired a BIAS Virtual Roundtable on ‘Security in an ice-free Arctic: interdisciplinary perspectives on Arctic geopolitics’. A recording is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDJM3LRDIqs&feature=share
- Cristina Flesher Fominaya was interviewed for a documentary on Social Justice by the non-profit Girls IN Focus film academy in Los Angeles that seeks to develop future women film makers and increase diversity in cinema.
- Chris Zebrowski and Ksenia Chmutina have published a blog post entitled “Opinion—COVID-19 Proves That We Were Never Really Resilient” in E-International Relations: https://www.e-ir.info/2020/05/11/opinion-covid-19-proves-that-we-never-were-resilient/
- Cristina Flesher Fominaya published an article for Open Democracy on the implications of Covid-19 for social movements and protest: How Do You Protest When You Can’t Take to the Streets? https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/can-europe-make-it/how-do-you-protest-when-you-cant-take-to-the-streets/
- Hannah Partis-Jennings has been awarded the BISA Early Career Small Grant for a project titled: Ireland's 'Repeal' campaign: Feminist imaginaries, solidarities and change.
- Chris Zebrowski was interviewed by BBC radio Scotland on emergency preparedness and COVID-19.
- Ibrahim Magara co-authored an article entitled: “China’s Military Positioning in the Horn of Africa and its Implications for Regional and Global Security Outcomes” published by the Zambakari Advisory Special Issue: “Courting Africa: Asian Powers and the New Scramble for the Continent.” http://www.zambakari.org/special-issue-summer-2020.html
- Giorgos Katsambekis has co-edited a collaborative report on 'Populism & the Pandemic,' which was published as a special edition of the POPULISMUS Interventions series, in collaboration with the Populism Research Group at Loughborough and with a contribution from doctoral researcher Lazaros Karavasilis: http://populismus.gr/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/interventions-7-populism-pandemic-UPLOAD.pdf
- Duncan Depledge and Caroline Kennedy-Pipe participated in a webinar on ‘Russia and the High North: How Should the West Engage the Next Chair of the Arctic Council (2021-23). The webinar, which attracted an international audience of over 100 people, was organised and hosted jointly by Chatham House, Loughborough University, and the Henry Jackson Society.
- Cristina Flesher Fominaya was invited to participate in Harvard’s Learning and Innovation Laboratory (LILA) 2020 Annual Summit on the theme of Ecologies of Learning, which addressed how to confront complex “wicked problems” in a white-water world.
- Lazaros Karavasilis has published a book review on the book SYRIZA, a party on the move: from protest to government (Greek) in the latest issue of Contemporary Themes (Greek) https://www.synchronathemata.gr/teychos-147-148/.
- Ibrahim Magara has been admitted to the Policy Leader Fellowship programme at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy. The Fellowship is tenable at the School of Transnational Governance for a period of 5 months (February – June 2021): https://stg.eui.eu/Fellowship
- Giulia Piccolino, Martin Phil and Speight Jeremy have published an article entitled: ‘Ex-Rebel Authority after Civil War: Theory and Evidence from Côte d'Ivoire.’ in Comparative Politics.
- Ali Bilgic, Des Gasper and Cathy Wilcock (Erasmus University) published a of ISS Working Paper 'A necessary complement to human rights: a human security perspective on migration to Europe’.
- Guy Aitchison took part in the LSE Public Event “The New Authoritarianism: COVID19 and the challenges facing democracy”. A podcast of the event is available: http://www.lse.ac.uk/lse-player?id=4925 and a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HncrU79cAs&t=556s
- Ali Bilgic was invited to the ‘International and National Security Strategy: Imagining 2030’ workshop on the 2nd July by the Cabinet Office.
- Cristina Flesher Fominaya delivered a plenary address on Social Movements and Covid-19, at the Social Movements & Mobilisation in times of Global Pandemic conference organized by the Copenhagen Centre for Political Mobilisation and Social Movement Studies at the University of Copenhagen.
- Ali Bilgic was interviewed by BBC Radio Leicester on the post-COVID 19 international relations and by South China Morning Post newspaper on women and the institution of military outside the West.
- Guy Aitchison had the chapter “Popular Resistance and the Idea of Rights” published in the edited collection, “Radical Republicanism: Recovering the Tradition’s Popular Heritage” (Oxford University Press 2020).
- Ali Bilgic has become the co-editor of the new book series of Bristol University Press entitled ‘Gender, Sexuality and Global Politics’. The book series led by an international editorial team aims to showcase works that address Feminist theory, Queer theory, transdisciplinary and intersectional research, transformative and critical approaches in IR, and non-Western and post-colonial theory.
- Christina Oelgemöller and Kathryn Allinson’s article entitled “The Responsible Migrant, Reading the Global Compact on Migration” has been published in Law and Critique (2020) https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10978-020-09265-9?wt_mc=alerts.TOCjournals
- Cristina Flesher Fominaya published a piece on the impact of austerity and social movements following the global financial crash on national COVID-19 responses: How austerity measures hurt the COVID-19 response for Oxford University Press Blog.
- Duncan Depledge, Ali Bilgic and Caroline Kennedy-Pipe published a piece in RUSI Newsbrief on Turkey as a New PolarPower: https://rusi.org/sites/default/files/20200409_depledge_arctic.pdf
- Ali Bilgic has been appointed to the International Advisory Committee of the Dutch Research Council (NWA) on the theme ‘Sustainable Development Goals Interactions and Policy Interventions in Developing Countries’ partnered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- Hannah Partis-Jennings's article entitled: ‘A Pint to Remember? The Politics of Curation and Informal War Memorial’ has been published online in Critical Military Studies. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/23337486.2020.1750261
- Duncan Depledge delivered an online lecture and seminar on 28 May entitled ‘Europe and the Arctic’ to thirty serving US military officers from European Command (EUCOM) from George Washington University’s Elliott School Foreign Area Officer Regional Sustainment Initiative.
- Cristina Flesher Fominaya has recently published two books on European and Global Social Movements and Politics: Flesher Fominaya C (2020) Democracy Reloaded: Inside Spain’s Political Laboratory from 15-M to Podemos Oxford: Oxford University Press and Flesher Fominaya C (2020) Social Movements in a Globalized World London: Red Globe/ Palgrave Macmillan.
- Giulia Piccolino's research note “The Unintended Consequences of Risk Assessment Regimes: How Risk Adversity at European Universities Is Affecting African Studies”, co-authored with Sabine Franklin (University of Westminster) has just been published open access on Africa Spectrum (SNIP 0.98):https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0002039719898904
- Cristina Flesher Fominaya’s article “The Diffusion of Protest Following the 2007-2008 Global Crash” has been published in the Brown Journal of World Affairs (26,1).
- Giulia Piccolino conducted a consultancy for Leidos, a US government contractor, on the topic of the next elections in Cote d’Ivoire and the risks for political stability in the country. On 15 January, she participated in a closed workshop with other academics, practitioners and US government officials in Chantilly (Virginia) (in the metropolitan area of Washington DC).
- Caroline Kennedy-Pipe and Duncan Depledge hosted a workshop at Loughborough University London entitled ‘NATO and the Arctic’. The workshop, which was attended by UK Government and NATO officials, as well as several academic and think-tank experts, considered the state of the Alliance, its role in the Arctic, and what the future holds for both. The outputs from this workshop will be used to inform the Supreme Allied Command Transformation’s Strategic Foresight Analysis (SFA) 2021 report.
- Christina Oelgemöller is part of a new £1.4m research project that will explore migration decision-making and development in West Africa. She will be a co-investigator of the ‘MIGCHOICE’ project, which has been funded by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Led by the University of Birmingham, the project investigates the connection between development interventions and migration in and from three countries in West Africa: Senegal, Gambia and Guinea.
- Cristina Flesher Fominaya published an article in the Diari ARA of Catalonia as a guest contributor for a special supplement on global protests.
- Ali Bilgic has co-edited a Special Issue of Political Psychology entitled "Emotions in the politics of security and diplomacy". Ali also co-authored the concluding article of the Issue entitled ‘Studying Emotions in Security and Diplomacy: Where We Are Now and Challenges Ahead’.
- Giulia Piccolino was invited to the Journées Cote d’Ivoire (Cote d’Ivoire days) organized by Sorbonne University (Paris) as part of the European Research Council project "Social Dynamics of Civil Wars". She participated in the closed discussion on 22 November and made a public presentation on the following day about the Conséquences de la gouvernance rebelles sur les institutions et la confiance (The consequences of rebel governance on institution and public trust).
- On 14th November, Hannah Partis-Jennings in collaboration with Clara Eroukhmanoff and the Race, Gender and Sexualities Research Group of London South Bank University, organised and ran a day-long workshop titled ‘Feminist Policy Making – Add Feminism and Stir?’ at Loughborough London campus. The event brought practitioners and academics together to discuss feminist institutionalism and feminist foreign policy among other key areas. The event was funded by the British International Studies Association and Routledge. This event served to launch the Gender and Security theme of the Centre for Security Studies, which Hannah is leading.
- Cristina Flesher Fominaya published the Routledge Handbook of Contemporary European Social Movements: Protest in Turbulent Times, which she co-edited with Ramón Feenstra. The book brings together contributions by 38 international scholars and is the result of a three-year collaboration.
- On 12 November, Duncan Depledge delivered a public lecture on ‘The Scramble for the North Pole’ at Utrecht University’s Studium Generale, co-organised by the Utrecht Young Academy and SIB-Utrecht.
- Giulia Piccolino’s research note co-authored with Sabine Franklin (University of Westminster) "The Unintended Consequences of Risk Assessment Regimes: how Risk Adversity at European Universities is Affecting African Studies" has been accepted for publication by the journal Africa Spectrum (open access; SNIP 0.98).
- On November 5th, Hannah Partis-Jennings and Henry Redwood at King’s College London, presented new research on war art and trauma to the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute at Manchester University.
- From 4-5 November, Duncan Depledge and Caroline Kennedy-Pipe travelled to Estonia, at the invitation of the Estonian Government, to present their research and lead a discussion on Arctic geopolitics and security at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the International Centre for Defence and Security.
- In September Hannah Partis-Jennings launched a co-authored policy paper with Dr Rebekka Friedman at King’s focused on the disappearance protests in Sri Lanka, circulating to government and civil society. The paper was sponsored by the Policy Institute at King’s College London and titled: ‘Hidden and Heard: Protesting Disappearances in Sri Lanka’.
- Hannah Partis-Jennings co-authored a piece on the history of war trauma for BBC History Magazine with Emma Butcher and took part in an associated podcast.
- Cristina Flesher Fominaya appeared on TRT World News to discuss the recent wave of global protests for their live evening news broadcast on October 30, 2019.
- On 11th June, as part of the Gendering International Relations Working Group of the British International Studies Association, and in collaboration with the PSA, Hannah Partis-Jennings was part of the organising team for an event titled ‘Talking about Race and Gender in Contemporary Academia’ co-funded by BISA and the PSA, which focused on cross-disciplinary conversations and included a special showing of Professor Sophie Harman’s Bafta-nominated film Pili, as well as a Q&A with Professor Harman.
- Duncan Depledge served as a Subject Matter Expert during the NATO Strategic Foresight Analysis Regional Perspective Workshop on the Arctic and High North (no web-link available) held 17-19 September in Oslo, Norway. During the workshop, Duncan was part of an international panel of experts speaking about future trends in Arctic geopolitics and the implications for NATO
- Alex Christoyannopoulos’ book titled: “Tolstoy’s Political Thought: Christian Anarcho-Pacifist Iconoclasm Then and Now” has been published by Routledge 2019. The book contains a detailed outline and critical discussion of Tolstoy’s pacifism, anarchism, anticlericalism, asceticism. More details are available on Alex’s and Routledge’s websites.
- Duncan Depledge has published a book chapter titled: “Geopower and Sea Ice: Encounters with the Geopolitical Stage” in the volume The Big Thaw: Policy, Governance, and Climate Change in the Circumpolar North, edited by Ezra Zubrow, Errol Meidinger and Kim Diana Connolly, Albany: SUNY Press, 2019.
- Duncan Depledge presented a paper titled: “Strategic Narrative in Britain’s approach to the Arctic” during the UK Arctic Science Conference held 11-13 September 2019 at Loughborough University. During the conference, Duncan also took part in schools outreach, talking to Year 11 students about how his research interests and career choices took him to the Arctic. Duncan also co-moderated a breakout session on future priorities for Arctic social science research on behalf of the UK Arctic and Antarctic Partnership (UKAAP)
Giulia Piccolino and Krisna Ruette Orihuela have contributed to the successful organization of three workshops with community leaders from the Alto Cauca region of Colombia (municipalities of Buenos Aires, Corinto and Miranda) which took place 28-29 July and 1 August 2019. The aim of these workshops was to understand how local communities engage and negotiate with state institutions in the post-conflict period, and help participants to reflect on their experiences and improve their strategies to make their concerns heard. The workshops were organized in partnership with a team from Universidad del Valle (Cali, Colombia), headed by Prof. Irene Velez Torres.
- Ibrahim Magara presented a paper titled “Hybrid Peace and the local turn: How local is the ‘local’?” during the Conflict Research Society Conference (CRS) http://conflictresearchsociety.org/ourevents/brighton-2019/ held on 8-10 September 2019 at the University of Sussex
- Taku Tamaki’s article, “It Takes Two to Tango: The Difficult Japan-South Korea Relations as Clash of Realities” has been accepted for publication in the Japanese Journal of Political Science
- Giulia Piccolino co-authored an article with Philip A. Martin and Jeremy S. Speight, “Ex-Rebel Authority after Civil War: Theory and Evidence from Côte d’Ivoire”, has been accepted by the Journal of Comparative Politics (forthcoming January 2021).
- Giorgos Katsambekis has published a co-authored chapter titled 'New left populism contesting and taking power: The cases of SYRIZA and Podemos' in the volume Left Radicalism and Populism in Europe, edited by Giorgos Charalambous and Gregoris Ioannou, London: Routledge.
- Ali Bilgic has become a Co-convener of Gendering International Relations Working Group of British International Studies Association https://www.bisa.ac.uk/index.php/research-groups/37-working-groups/working-groups/97-gendering-international-relations, a position he will hold through 2021.
- Cristina Flesher Fominaya has had her book manuscript “Democracy Reloaded: Inside Spain’s Political Laboratory from 15-M to Podemos” accepted by Oxford University Press. The book will be published in 2020.
- Ali Bilgic gave an interview to Kristeligt Dagblad, a Danish national Newspaper, on the World Refugee Day (June 20 2019) on how European migration policies affect refugees and asylum-seekers in the Middle East and North Africa.
- Lazaros Karavasilis was a research visiting fellow in the Social Science Research Institute in Berlin (WZB) from February until April. Lazaros is currently a research visiting fellow in the Centre for Political Research in Panteion University of Athens.
- Ali Bilgic and his partners from the Diocese of Leicester have had funding success. They have been awarded funding for five years by the Church of England with their project entitled ‘BAME Mission and Ministry Intercultural Worshipping Communities’. Ali will be conducting research on how to increase BAME representation in church Governance structures and congregations in Leicestershire.
- Chris Zebrowski has published an article (with Andrew Neal and Sven Opitz) entitled ‘Capturing protest in urban environments: The ‘police kettle’ as a territorial strategy’ in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.
- Ali Bilgic ‘s article titled: ‘the European Union’s Proxy War on Refugees’ co-authored with Helen Hintjens (International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague) has been published in State Crime Journal. Ali’s has had another article accepted for publication in Political Psychology: ‘Trust, Distrust and Security: An Untrustworthy Immigrant in a Trusting Community’, co-authored with Gunhild Gjorv Hoogensen (the Arctic University of Norway) and Cathy Wilcock (the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague).
- Alex Christoyannopoulos’ article titled: “The subversive potential of Leo Tolstoy’s ‘defamiliarisation’: a case study in drawing on the imagination to denounce violence” has been published in volume 22, issue 5 of the Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy and is available here: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13698230.2019.1565700.
- Duncan Depledge presented on his experiences of working in the UK Parliament at a ‘Parliament for Researchers’workshop organised by the Royal Geographical Society and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST). The workshop, which explored impact and engagement at the UK Parliament was held on 6 June with around 30 researchers from across the UK in attendance.
- Lazaros Karavasilis was a research visiting fellow in the Social Science Research Institute in Berlin (WZB) from February until April. He is currently a research visiting fellow in the Centre for Political Research in Panteion University of Athens.
- Alex Christoyannopoulos’ has published two book chapters: "Religious Radicalism", co-authored with Anthony T. Fiscella, in Routledge Handbook of Radical Politics, edited by Uri Gordon and Ruth Kinna (Routledge, 2019); and "Religious Studies and Anarchism", in The Anarchist Imagination: Anarchism Encounters the Humanities and the Social Sciences, edited by Carl Levy and Saul Newman (Routledge, 2019).
- Chris Zebrowski has published an article entitled ‘Emergent emergency response: Speed, event suppression and the chronopolitics of resilience’ in Security Dialogue.
- Cristina Flesher Fominaya has had her book manuscript “Democracy Reloaded: Inside Spain’s Political Laboratory from 15-M to Podemos” accepted by Oxford University Press. The book will be published in 2020.
- Giulia Piccolino has had a new article accepted: ‘Looking like a regional organization? The European model of regional integration and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU)’ will be published by Cambridge Review of International Affairs.
- Lazaros Karavasilis has also published a review of the book ‘Radical Right-Wing Populist Parties in Western Europe: Into the Mainstream?’ in the Political Studies Review. He also recently published an opinion article titled ‘The German Left on the road to the elections: three assumptions and one suggestion’ in the Greek newspaper Avgi
- Giulia Piccolino presented a paper titled: ‘Service provision and civilian collaboration in rebel governance’ at the European Conference of African Studies (ECAS) Conference in Edinburgh on June 11-14 2019.
- Hannah Partis-Jennings (as co-convenor of the Gendering International Relations Working Group) had 12 panels/roundtables accepted for the British International Studies Association Annual Conference 2019, including a roundtable of her own on Aesthetics and Trauma.
- Giorgos Katsambekis kicked off his EU-funded research project with the University of the Aegean on the 'Transformations of popular and national sovereignty in times of crisis’ in July. The project has a budget of 68,933 Euros and will conclude on 30 September 2019.
- Giulia Piccolino has published an article ‘Local peacebuilding in a victor’s peace. Why local peace fails without national reconciliation’in International Peacekeeping.
- Cristina Flesher Fominaya has just published an edited volume with Routledge, co-edited with Kevin Gilligan (University Manchester) entitled Technology, Media, and Social Movements.
- Caroline Kennedy-Pipe gave a talk on Airpower and Ethics at the Centre for War Studies at the University of Southern Denmark on 4 October and the next day talked on the State of War at the BISA Gender Group Workshop held at Kings College, London. Caroline has also just published with Iffti Zaidi a 10,000 word essay on Hybrid Warfare entitled 'Whose Problem is it anyway?' for the Pakistani Army Green Book, which sets national military doctrine.
- Cristina Flesher Fominaya has just taken up the position of co-editor in chief of the journal Social Movement Studies with Kevin Gillan (Manchester). They coordinate and work with a team of six editors and are currently the top ranked journal in the field.
- Alex Christoyannopoulos and Matt Adams have published Volume II of Essays on Anarchism and Religion with Stockholm University Press and is available open access via https://doi.org/10.16993/bas.
- Ali Bilgic presented a paper at the European International Studies Association’s 18th Pan European Conference in Prague entitled ‘Affective Production of the Middle East as Borderscape’ and contributed to a roundtable on identity and alterity in IR.
- Ali Bilgic has published 'Reclaiming the National Will: Resilience of Turkish Authoritarian Neoliberalism after Gezi’ in South European Society Politics Special Issue on ’Neoliberalism in Turkey’. He has also published a piece for Red Pepper Magazine’s the World Transformed Festival special issue on resistance to neoliberalism and immigration: ’No Passports Please’ available here: https://www.redpepper.org.uk/no-passports-please.
- Giulia Piccolino published on 15 August an article for the Monkey Cage, the political science blog hosted by Washington Post: ‘Côte d’Ivoire’s president announced an amnesty program. Is this the end of a ‘victor’s peace’?’, 15 August 2018, Monkey Cage blog, Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2018/08/15/ivory-coasts-president-announced-a-new-amnesty-program-is-this-the-end-of-a-victors-peace/?utm_term=.25cb7fc97aa4.
- Giorgos Katsambekis has joined the Management Committee for the COST Action CA16211 "Reappraising Intellectual Debates on Civic Rights and Democracy in Europe." This is a Europe-wide interdisciplinary research network, scheduled to run until September 2021.
- Christina Oelgemoller was interviewed about Italian government policy and migration for the 10pm Aljazeera News Hour on the 17 June. The link is http://yellownews.tveyes.com/Transcript.asp?StationID=2690&DateTime=6%2F18%2F2018+12%3A10%3A08+AM&Term=Loughborough+University&PlayClip=TRUE
- Christos Kourtelis will present his research on EU rural development programmes in the Arab Mediterranean countries to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament on 11th July
- Guilia Piccolino presented a paper ‘Local peacebuilding in a victor’s peace. Why local peace fails without national reconciliation' at the International Seminar ‘The Global South and UN peace operations: contemporary debates on conflict, violence and intervention’, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, 29-30 May 2018.
- Taku Tamaki has received £2k from the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation today to support archival research in Japan. He's also presented research at the annual conference of Nordic Association for Japanese Studies https://nordicjapan.wordpress.com/ (NAJS) in Copenhagen (May 25-26). His paper was entitled: 'South Korea as Japan's Reality: The Lessons of Ajia shiso Thinkers'
- Giorgos Katsambekis recently gave an interview to POP – Political Observer on Populism, published at https://populismobserver.com/2018/06/25/interview-26-populism-and-the-future-of-democracy/
- Guilia Piccolino presented ‘Territorial planning for peace and statebuilding in the Alto Cauca region of Colombia’ at the workshop ‘Peace Operations and Peace Agreements: Experiences from the Global South’, at the BRICS Policy Center, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 28 May 2018. The workshop was organized by the Global South Unit for Mediation and by Columbia University.
- Christos Kourtelis was invited by the University of Peloponnese to offer two guest lectures on Euro-Mediterranean relations. He also presented work on EU's foreign policy in North Africa at The EU in International Affairs in Brussels (16th-18th May) and at the ECPR Standing Groups held at Sciences Po (13th-15th June).
- Moya Lloyd and Laura Brace (Leicester) have published 'Critical Exchange' on 'The politics of the human' in Contemporary Political Theory.
- Cristina Flesher Fominaya will be giving a talk titled ‘Navigating the Technology-Movement-Media-Complex’ at COSMOS, Scuola Normale Superiore Florence, on May 16 http://cosmos.sns.it/all-events/cristina-flesher-fominaya-navigating-the-technology-media-movements COSMOS is one of the leading centres on social movement studies in Europe. She will be talking about theoretical approaches to studying the relationship between (digital)media and social movements and setting the research agenda in the field.
- Giulia Piccolino (Co-I), Kate Gough and Carolina Escobar Tellos have been recommended for funding under the highly prestigious Newton RCUK-Colciencias Research Partnerships Call 2017. The project, ‘Territorial planning for peace and statebuilding in the Alto Cauca region of Colombia’, will be undertaken with the Universidad del Valle in Colombia. The funding will enable the team to hire a Postdoc for two years and meet their research expenses. The partnership with Universidad del Valle will enable them to produce a specially tailored training programme designed to build the capacity of local populations to participate in territorial planning in the Alto Cauca region.
- Dr Jeremy Speight, an Assistant Professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, will be visiting the University’s Department of Politics, History and International Relations for the duration of the summer to work on When Does Rebel Governance Persist? Rebel Governance and Post-Conflict Peace-Building in Côte d’Ivoire.
- Alex Christoyannopoulos’ recent co-authored paper on anarchism and religion has been translated into French and published as a book under the title Anarchisme et Religion (Lyon: Atelier de création libertaire, 2018). A book launch talk and discussion was held at the Centre de Documentation et de Recherche sur les Alternatives Sociales in Lyon on 11 April. Alex was also interviewed about the book on a Swiss radio, and the interview is now available as a podcast. His 2008 article published in Anarchist Studies has also been re-published as: ‘Leo Tolstoi über den Staat’, translated by Sebastian Kalicha, in Arbeitsgruppe Anarchismus und Gewaltfreiheit (eds.), Je mehr Gewalt, desto weniger Revolution: Texte zum gewaltfreien Anarchismus & anarchistischen Pazifismus (Heidelberg: Verlag Graswurzelrevolution, 2018), pp. 17-59.
- Giulia Piccolino presented a paper ‘The Politics of Rebel Authority in Postwar States: Theory and Evidence from Côte d’Ivoire’ at the ISA conference in San Francisco together with Philip Martin (MIT) and Jeremy Speight (University of Alaska Fairbanks). The panel had very good attendance and the presentation received very favourable feedback. She has also published a piece on The Conversation entitled ‘How an uproar over aid and sexual exploitation ignored women’s actual experiences’ (https://theconversation.com/how-an-uproar-over-aid-and-sexual-exploitation-ignored-womens-actual-experiences-92200.) Tomorrow at 6pm Paris time (5 pm UK time) she will be on air on Radio Africa nr1. The interview is part of their broadcasting ‘Le Grand Débat’ about Cote d’Ivoire under the Alassane Ouattara presidency and Giulia will be talking about her article recently published by Politique Africaine (radio link is http://www.africa1.com/emissions/le-grand-debat-22)
- Moya Lloyd delivered a keynote address at the conference ‘Dimensions of Vulnerability’ at the University of Vienna on 5 & 6 April. https://philevents.org/event/show/38562
- Ali Bligic’s first book Rethinking Security in the Age of Migration: Trust and Emancipation in Europe has been published in paperback.
Paul Maddrell has published Spy Chiefs, Volume 1: Intelligence Leaders in the United States and United Kingdom, http://press.georgetown.edu/book/georgetown/spy-chiefs-volume-1 and Spy Chiefs,
Volume 2: Intelligence Leaders in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, http://press.georgetown.edu/book/georgetown/spy-chiefs-volume-2 - both with Georgetown University Press. He was co-editor of Vol. 1 with Christopher Moran, Ioanna Iordanou, Mark Stout and lead editor of Volume 2.
- Caroline Kennedy-Pipe has published ‘What We Now Know and What We Have Forgotten’ in Government and Opposition. Vol.53.no.2.pp.356-384, 2018.
- Ali Bligic haspublished a co-authored article 'Toward a Pedagogy for Critical Security Studies: Politics of Migration in the Classroom' in International Studies Perspectives and republished 'Turkey is Using Syrian Refugees as Bargaining Chips' for the Conversation in the Rights in Exile Programme of The International Refugee Rights Initiative.
- Caroline Kennedy-Pipe will be Visiting Professor at the University of Lille in Security Studies during the Easter Vacation and has also been awarded a Visiting Fellowship at the Rothermere American Institute University of Oxford, this summer.
- Ali Bligic has given a series of talks: 'From 'City of Sanctuary' to 'These Walls Must Fall': Politicisation of Humanitarianism' at the Institute of Resilient Societies, Amsterdam; 'EUropean Migration (Mis)Management: Unintended Consequences, Potential Solutions' in the closed meeting at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs; 'How is #RefugeesWelcome slowly destroying pro-migration struggles?' at University of Roskilde, Denmark; 'The LGBTQ Battalion in Syria: When Anti-Colonial Wars Go Queer' at Charles University in Prague, an online seminar as part of the project Hybrid Revolutionary Actors in Global Politics, which he has recently joined.
- Paul Maddrell has published an article in the Spectator Online about Boris Johnson's comparison between the Berlin Olympics of 1936 and the World Cup: https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2018/03/boris-johnsons-putin-hitler-comparison-is-right/
- Caroline Kennedy-Pipe has given a keynote lecture at the NATO counter-terror centre in Ankara on UK experience of terrorism and a paper on ‘Developments in Drone Warfare’ at the University of York.
Paul Maddrell was interviewed this month by the Sunday Express about the attempted assassination of the former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia: Sunday Express online: https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/933346/russia-news-uk-theresa-may-vladimir-putin-nerve-agent-attack-salisbury-cold-war. He was also interviewed about the attack by the Brazilian magazine Veja: https://veja.abril.com.br/revista-veja/o-veneno-de-putin/. And he appeared on Sky News to discuss what sanctions to impose on Russia in response to the attempted assassinations.
- Giulia Piccolino’s co-authored Benin report has been published as part of the Bertelsmann Transformation Index project.
- Ali Bligic published a co-authored article in Political Psychology entitled ‘Trauma, emotions and memory in world politics: The case of the European Union’s foreign policy in the Middle East conflict’
- Giorgos Katsambekis will be participating in the launch event and Symposium of the Leeds Centre for Democratic Engagement, contributing to Panel 3 of the Symposium which is titled ‘Populism from Below? Grassroots Activism and Radical Democracy.’ More info on the event here: https://cde.leeds.ac.uk/events/centre-for-democratic-engagement-inaugural-symposium-democratic-engagement-in-the-age-of-brexit/
- Paolo Cossarini published (2017) ‘Indignation as Resistance: Beyond the Anxiety of No Future Alternatives’ in Eklundh, Zevnik, Guittet (eds), Politics of Anxiety, London/New York: Rowman and Littlefield International, pp. 141-164 and is working on a co-edited collection, Populism and passions: democratic legitimacy after austerity for Routledge
- Chris Zebrowski spoke to an audience of critical thinkers and European diplomats at the Prague Insecurity Conference 29 Nov. 2017-2 Dec. 2018.
- Ali Bligic signed a contract for a co-authored book with Routledge on the theme of ‘Positive Security’.
- Giorgos Katsambekis has had a paper accepted for the 2nd Populism Specialist Group (PSA) Workshop at the University of Bath, 23-24 March 2018. His paper is titled ‘Constructing the people of populism: a critique of mainstream approaches.’ Info on the Workshop here: https://psapopulism.wordpress.com/2017/11/30/defining-populism-concepts-contexts-genealogies-2nd-populism-specialist-group-psa-workshop-23-24-march-2018-university-of-bath/
- Ali Bligic gave a public lecture on December 14 hosted by Free University of Amsterdam, Department of Anthropology, entitled ‘Unmaking the Mediterranean: Radical Human Security and the Migration “Crisis’’’; presented a research paper (‘Emotional Production of Europe’s Neo-colonial Masculinity through Migration Management’) at Queen Mary University of London; gave an online seminar to MA students of University of London, Institute of Paris, about Europe’s migration regime; and then skyped in to public event organised by ULIP on ‘migration crisis’.
- Paolo Cossarini was invited to give a lecture at the Department of Culture and Global Studies - Aalborg University (Denmark) in November on ‘Populism and Passion: mapping the emotions-politics nexus in Spain and Europe’.
- Giorgos Katsambekis will be submitting a manuscript to Routledge titled The Populist Radical Left in Europe(co-edited with Dr Alexandros Kioupkiolis). It is expected to be published in late 2018.
- Ali Bligic published ‘The Violence of Frontex on the EU Borders’ commissioned by the Civil Society Futures Project and funded by Black Journalism Foundation in January. It’s now reprinted in Red Pepper magazine’s February/March issue. He also published another piece in the Conversation entitled ‘Turkey is using Syrian refugees as bargaining chips as it moves against the Kurds’ . This came out on Feb 6, and was translated to Portuguese and republished at Esquarda.net news website in Portugal.
- Paolo Cossarini was interviewed on Catalonian issues by Sky News, Russia Today and TRT Turkish television in October/November 2017.
- Giulia Piccolino (with Philip A. Martin and Jeremy S. Speight) has published the following report, ‘Les conséquences d’une gouvernance rebelle: enquête au nord de la Côte d’Ivoire’, Bulletin FrancoPaix Vol. 3, no 1 - Janvier 2018, Chaire Raoul-Dandurand en études stratégiques et diplomatiques, Université du Québec à Montréal. Accessible here
- Paolo Cossarini was invited to give a lecture at the Department of Culture and Global Studies - Aalborg University (Denmark) on the 2nd of November - title of Lecture: "Populism and Passion: mapping the emotions-politics nexus in Spain and Europe".
- Christos Kourtelis has taken the role of LU liaison for FEMISE. FEMISE is the largest network of research centres focusing on Euro-Mediterranean relations. You can find more information about FEMISE at: http://www.femise.org/en/le-r%C3%A9seau/about-femise/ . He has also published an article in Mediterranean Politics. Kourtelis, C. (2018) ‘From Neglect to Selective Engagement: The EU Approach to Rural Development in the Arab Mediterranean after the Arab Uprisings’, Mediterranean Politics, 23:1, pp23-42, DOI: 10.1080/13629395.2017.1358897
- Giulia Piccolino (along with Philip Martin and Jeremy Speight) has published “Rebel Networks’ Deep Roots Cause Concerns for Côte d’Ivoire Transition” in International Peace Institute Global Observatory, October 12, 2017. Accessible here.
- Giulia Piccolino presented her paper 'Local peacebuilding and "social cohesion" in post-conflict Côte d’Ivoire: a paradoxical engagement?' at 2 conferences in September: the International Association for Peace and Conflict Studies (IAPCS) conference in Manchester and the 11th Pan–European Conference on International Relations in Barcelona.
- Giulia Piccolino had a paper co-authored with her research partners, Philip Martin (MIT) and Jeremy S. Speight (Alaska-Fairbanks) accepted for ISA ('When Does Rebel Governance Persist? Militarization and Post-Conflict State-Building in Côte d’Ivoire' AND she'll be organising a thematic stream at the next African Studies Association of the UK (ASA UK) conference in Birmingham next September.
- Ali Bilgic attended the 11th Pan-European Conference of European International Studies Association in Barcelona (13-16 September) as a co-chair of section called ‘Exploring and Studying Emotions in Global Politics’. He presented two papers entitled ‘Emotional Performances of Sovereignty: Constructing Neo-colonial Masculinity’ and ‘Memory, Trauma and Foreign Policy: EU’s Agency in the Middle East Conflict’.
- Taku Tamaki attended the European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS) Conference in Lisbon (August 30th and September 2nd) and delivered a paper titled: ‘Globalization and Nationalism: Abe Shinzo's Beautiful Country Narrative’.
- Christina Oelgemoller’s book, The Evolution of Migration Management (Routledge) published earlier this year has been nominated for the ISA-ENMISA book award Details of her book can be found here.
- Ali Bilgic’s co-authored article ‘European Union and Refugees: A Struggle for the Fate of Europe’ was given to the Swedish press: https://www.etc.se/utrikes/forskaren-sa-avgors-eus-ode-av-flyktingfragan and the Minister of Migration of Sweden, Heléne Fritzon, replied to the points we raised in the article: https://www.etc.se/utrikes/sa-sviker-sverige-migranterna-pa-medelhavet (both in links in Swedish)
- Taku Tamaki’s new piece in The Conversation, ‘Caught between Trump and Kim, Japan is nervous and alone’ has been published. This is being translated into Japanese by Newsphere <http://newsphere.jp/>
- Phil Parvin presented research at the APSA conference in San Francisco.
- Ali Bilgic has been appointed to the Prince Claus Chair as of the 1st of September 2017. The chair was established in January 2003 to support the research of ‘an outstanding young academic’. Ali will be working on ‘Migration and Human Security’ at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University, Rotterdam, though he will continue his work at Loughborough during the 2 year appointment. His inaugural is scheduled for April 12, 2018, in the presence of Queen Maxime in Noordeinde Palace, the Hague, and will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Chair. More information about the chair at http://princeclauschair.nl/
- Giulia Piccolino and Philip Martin (MIT) delivered a presentation on rebel governance and post-conflict transition at the Institut pour la bonne Gouvernance, le Développement et la Perspective (IGDP), Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire), which was attended by Ivorian researchers from the Université Félix Houphouet Boigny (University of Abidjan) and by foreign researchers, as well as development practitioners.
- David Roberts has published an article in Politics concerning the pedagogical implications of the ‘pictorial turn’ with data generated from PHIR politics and IR students! To access the article follow the link: http://journals.sagepub.com/eprint/28zVZJmSHIgj5QaXK975/full
- Taku Tamaki has given three talks: “Globalization vs. Nationalism: Abe Shinzō’s Beautiful Country Narrative” (International Studies Association Hong Kong conference); “Japan’s Image of South Korea Today: The Lessons from Ajia Shisō”(Hebrew University of Jerusalem); and “Japanese National Identity and Cool Japan” (Swedish Institute of International Studies, Stockholm). He has also published an online article “Japan has Turned Its Culture Into a Powerful Political Tool” in The Conversations. <https://theconversation.com/japan-has-turned-its-culture-into-a-powerful-political-tool-72821>.
- Giulia Piccolino’s article 'A victor’s peace? Peacebuilding and statebuilding in post-2011 Côte d’Ivoire' has been accepted for publication in African Affairs – the premier journal in the field. Publication is scheduled for October 2018.
- Ali Bilgic has published 'The European Union and refugees. A struggle over the fate of Europe', co-authored with Michelle Pace in Global Affairs. Vol.3 No: 1, 89-97. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23340460.2017.1322252. He has also joined the Editorial Board of Mediterranean Politics.
- Ali Bilgic delivered a public lecture to launch his book at University of Bristol on May 3: 'Turkey and the West: What Gender Analysis Offers' and delivered a staff seminar the following day: 'Emotional Performances of European Neocolonial Masculinity: Life to be Feared, Despised and Cherished'.
- CSIG (together with LUNN) organized a public lecture entitled ‘Catalonia’s independence: When nationalism and democracy clash’. Eunice Romero Rivera (Open University of Catalonia) and Paolo Cossarini (Loughborough University) led discussion on the current constitutional crisis in Catalonia. The event was lecture captured and can be accessed through the following link.
- Chris Zebrowski and Dan Sage organized the Organizing Preparedness Practitioner Workshop on June 5. The event brought together emergency practitioners and Loughborough academics to discuss research collaborations in preparation of a major research grant application. The event was sponsored by CSIG and financed with SSPGS seedcorn funding.
Past events (2019-20)
|Event type||Event details||Time & date||Room|
30 September 2019
|K109 (Manzoni Building)|
|Seminar Series||Dr Ksenia Chmutina - "Disaster Risk Reduction or Disaster Risk Production?"||13:00-14:00
9 October 2019
|K109 (Manzoni Building)|
|Seminar Series||Dr Guy Aitchison - "Hunger strikes and the ethics of self-destructive resistance"||13:00-14:00
5 February 2020
|K109 (Manzoni Building)|
|Seminar Series||Dr Brian Jarvis - "Inside ’The Circle’: exploring the digital panopticon"||13:00-14:00
26 Feburary 2020
|K109 (Manzoni Building)|
|Seminar Series||(CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19) Prof Paul Thomas - "TOXI-Triage"||13:00-14:00
18 March 2020
|K109 (Manzoni Building)|
|Seminar Series||(CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19) Prof Michael Henshaw - TBC||11:00-12:30
6 May 2020
|K109 (Manzoni Building)|
|Invited Speaker||Dr Marsha Henry (LSE) - "Critical Interventions: Accounting Theoretical Inheritance and Debt in Peacekeeping Studies"||
Past events (2018-19)
|Seminar Series||Imogen Lambert||"The Syrian Uprising and the Communication of Events"||22 May 2019||K109 (Manzoni Building)||13:00-14:00|
|Seminar Series||Alexandre Christoyannopoulos||"The Creeping Militarisation of the Poppy: A Tolstoyan Reading of the Evolution of British War Remembrance"||15 May 2019||K109 (Manzoni Building)||13:00-14:00|
|Public Lecture||Andrew Neal (University of Edinburgh)||"Security as politics: beyond the state of exception"||8 May 2019||SCH101 (Schofield Building)||13:00-14:30|
|Seminar Series||Ali Bilgic||"Who is entitled to feel in the age of populism?: Women Resistance to Migrant Detention in Britain"||6th March 2019||K109 (Manzoni Building)||13:00-14:00|
|General meeting||27th February||K105 (Manzoni)||12:00-13:00|
|Seminar Series||Hannah Partis-Jennings||"Absence and Contestation: The Politics of Disappearances in Sri Lanka"||6th February 2019||K109 (Manzoni Building)||13:00-14:00|
|Public Lecture||Clemens Hoffmann (University of Stirling)||"Beyond Securitising Nature and Environmental Determinism: Nature as a Social Relation in the Middle East"||12 December 2018||K109 (Manzoni Building)||13:00-14:00|
|Seminar Series||Caroline Kennedy-Pipe||"The state of War"||14 November 2018||K109 (Manzoni Building)||16:30 - 18:00|
|Seminar Series||James Rogers||"‘They Were Ingenious Little Devils’: Remembering the First Cluster Bomb and its Use on Civilians"||14 November 2018||K109 (Manzoni Building)||13:00-14:00|
|Workshop||Christina Oelgemoller||Abstract Writing and Review Workshop||31 October 2018||K109 (Manzoni Building)||13:00-14:00|
Past events (2017-18)
|Public Lecture||James Sidaway (National University of Singapore)||Securing urbanization’s multiple frontiers: a view from Yangon, Myanmar
(co-hosted with LUNN)
|17 May 2018||K105 (Manzoni Building)||15:00- 16:00|
|Seminar Series||Ali Bligic||A Human Security Perspective on Migration: A Compass in the Perfect Storm (Eventbrite registration)||4 May 2018||LDN.1.04, Loughborough University London||17:00-18:00|
|Workshop||Christina Oelgemoller||Abstract Writing and Review Workshop||2 May 2018||K109 (Manzoni Building)||13:00-14:00|
|General Meeting||"CSIG in London away day"||4 May 2018||LDN.1.04, Loughborough University London||13:00-16:00|
|Seminar Series||Paolo Cossarini||"People’s quest for sovereignty? Victimisation, humiliation, and banal populism in the Spanish/Catalan clash"||25 April 2018||K109 (Manzoni Building)||13:00-14:00|
|Workshop||Chris Zebrowski||"Reflecting CSIG in our Teaching"||18 April 2018||K109 (Manzoni Building)||13:00-14:00|
|Workshop||Giulia Piccolino||“Grant application review session”||14 March 2018||K109 (Manzoni Building)||13:00-14:00|
|Seminar Series||Christos Kourtelis||'The EU's normative power as hegemony in the EU's neighbourhood policy'||21 February 2018||K109 (Manzoni Building)||13:00-14:00|
|General meeting||Nicola Chelotti||“Diplomacy and International Governance theme discussion”||07 February 2018||K109 (Manzoni Building)||13:00-14:00|
|General meeting||Giulia Piccolino||“Peace and Conflict theme discussion”||13 December 2017||K109 (Manzoni Building)||13:00-14:00|
|General meeting||Giulia Picolino||The consequences of rebel governance : preliminary results from Northern Cote d’Ivoire”||13 December 2017||K109 (Manzoni Building)||12:00-13:00|
|General meeting||Christina Oelgemoller||“International Political Theory theme discussion”||15 November 2017||K109 (Manzoni Building)||13:00-14:00|
|General meeting||Chris Zebrowski||“Crisis and Emergency Governance theme discussion”||08 November 2017||K109 (Manzoni Building)||13:00-14:00|
|Seminar Series||Phil Parvin||"Democracy without participation: A new politics for a disengaged era"||18 October 2017||K109 (Manzoni Building)||12:00-13:00|
|Public Lecture||Eunice Romero Rivera (Open University of Catalonia) and Paolo Cossarini||"Catalonia’s independence: When nationalism and democracy clash" (link)||17 October 2017||U020 (Brockington Extension)||13:00-15:00|
|Public Lecture||Bissan Fakih (The Syria Campaign)||"The White Helmets"||24 May 2017||U020 (Brockington Extension)||13:00-15:00|