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The Department of War Studies, King's College London, focuses on promoting understanding of war, conflict and international security. The podcasts highlight the department's research and teaching activities. They also cover events the department orga...Show More
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Event: Stalinism at War: A New History of the Soviet Second World War

43:07 | May 3rd

Date of Recording: 28/04/2019 Description: 2020 will mark the 75th anniversary of Allied victory in World War II. While Russia will celebrate its greatest victory in style, outside the region the Soviet contribution to victory is still poorly u...Show More
Podcast: Art, Wargaming & Balance of Power (Student Projects)

16:56 | Apr 27th

Date of Publication: 26/04/2019 Description: Across the School of Security Studies at KCL, students are given unique opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills that they learn throughout their courses by participating in research projects,...Show More
Event: Advancing the UK’s Analytical Tools to Address Strategic Competition and Modern Deterrence

41:40 | Apr 19th

Date of Recording: 02/04/2019 Description: Air Marshal Edward Stringer, the Director General of Joint Force Development and the Defence Academy, will kickstart the week with a public lecture, part of the WN’s inaugural wargaming lecture series....Show More
Podcast: New Voices: cultural and moral dimensions of torture and mercenaries

24:31 | Apr 13th

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 i...Show More
Event: Hybrid Conflicts and Information Warfare (Book Launch)

33:39 | Apr 9th

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...Show More
Event: Pathways to Climate Security I

1:04:22 | Apr 6th

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...Show More
Event: European Navies and the Conduct of War

52:48 | Mar 22nd

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 a...Show More
Event: 'Spying for Wellington' - Dr Huw Davies

41:40 | Mar 19th

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 certainl...Show More
Podcast: Building Stability (CSD Conference)

22:30 | Mar 16th

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 Stud...Show More
Event: In a Time of Monsters: Travels Through a Middle East in Revolt

34:44 | Mar 13th

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, ...Show More
Podcast: Extralegal Groups with Dr Christine Cheng

36:33 | Mar 2nd

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...Show More
Event: United Nations Peace Operations in a Changing Global Order

57:15 | Feb 26th

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 j...Show More
Event: Current legal developments in the field of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

50:04 | Feb 22nd

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 developm...Show More
Podcast: Drawing from Nuclear History to Understand Today's Challenges

39:34 | Feb 16th

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

58:42 | Feb 8th

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

10:42 | Feb 1st

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

31:38 | Jan 26th

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...Show More
Event: Restraining Great Powers (Book Launch)

1:02:08 | Jan 24th

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. Accordi...Show More
Event: Developing an Academic Discipline of Wargaming

49:23 | Jan 21st

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 wargam...Show More
Podcast: From the Trial of the Kaiser to the ICC

37:37 | Jan 19th

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 ...Show More
Event: The Military and Nigerian Politics

45:54 | Jan 12th

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 ...Show More
Event: 'Art and Power' by Valentin Inzko

34:33 | Dec 17th, 2018

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. ...Show More
Event: Old Wine in New Bottles? Cooperation in Central Asia compared with the 1990s

55:34 | Dec 14th, 2018

Date of Recording: 05/12/2018 Description: After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the independent republics of Central Asia have constantly tried to create a form of regional order that would preserve their sovereignty while enacting purposefu...Show More
Event: Police Militarisation and the War on Crime in South Africa

42:49 | Dec 11th, 2018

Date of Recording: 22/11/2018 Description: Join Guy Lamb, Director of the Safety and Violence Initiative (University of Cape Town), discusses his latest research on the globally pressing issue of police militarisation and the ‘war on crime’, drawi...Show More
Event: The Art and Science of Wargaming (KCL Wargaming Network Inaugural Lecture)

52:07 | Dec 7th, 2018

Date of Recording: 07/12/2018 Description: Dr Peter Perla, 'The Art and Science of Wargaming to Innovate and Educate in an Era of Strategic Competition' What can we know about pressing security challenges through wargaming? How do we know? ...Show More
Podcast: What is the Significance of Russia's 'Military Revival'?

34:39 | Dec 7th, 2018

Date of Publication: 07/12/2018 Description: The capabilities and the efficiency displayed by Russia’s military during its annexation of Crimea in 2014 and its subsequent air campaign over Syria not only surprised the world but also signalled that...Show More
Event: The Parachute Regiment and the Falklands War(Sir Michael Howard Centre Lecture 2018)

51:13 | Dec 6th, 2018

Date of Recording: 03/12/2018 Description: The Parachute Regiment played a prominent role in the 1982 Falklands conflict. They fought iconic battles at Goose Green, Mount Longdon and Wireless Ridge, and won both the war’s Victoria Crosses. Combat ...Show More
Event: Russia's Military Revival

41:16 | Nov 30th, 2018

Date of Recording: 26/11/2018 Organised by the War Studies Department and the Russian and Eurasian Security Research Group. Description: "Russian annexation of Crimea and the subsequent air campaign over Syria took the world by surprise. The ca...Show More
Event: From Meanings-in-Use to Useful Meanings:the Case of Responsibility to Rebuild in Libya

34:06 | Nov 30th, 2018

Date of Recording: 12/11/2018 Description: What counts as ethical behaviour in the aftermath of military intervention carried out under the ‘responsibility to protect’ (R2P) principle? This question has become topical in light of the events in Lib...Show More
Event: Women's Participation In Peace Negotiations and Durability of Peace

34:39 | Nov 29th, 2018

Date of Recording: 29/10/2018 Description: There is an emerging consensus that women’s participation in peace negotiations contributes to the quality and durability of peace after civil war. However, to date, this proposition has remained empirica...Show More
Event: Seapower States

51:15 | Nov 28th, 2018

Date of Recording: 21/11/2018 Description: Andrew Lambert, author of The Challenge: Britain Against America in the Naval War of 1812—winner of the prestigious Anderson Medal—turns his attention to Athens, Carthage, Venice, the Dutch Republic, and ...Show More
Podcast: Nonreligion and War Studies

1:08:26 | Nov 23rd, 2018

Date of Publication: 23/11/2018 Description: It is clear that religion is an important factor to consider when examining many conflicts around the world, but what about nonreligion? Last July, Dr. Stacey Gutkowski, senior lecturer in the D...Show More
Event: Problems of Peacemaking: The Experience of the First World War

45:22 | Nov 16th, 2018

Date of Recording: 29 Oct 2018 Description: Liddell Hart himself said that war was always a matter of doing evil in the hopes that good may come of it. This talk will explore the good that he and others hoped they might be able to forge from the e...Show More
Podcast: Commemoration and Impact of the Great War

18:27 | Nov 9th, 2018

Date of Publication: 09/11/2018 Description: The impact of the First World War can be observed throughout history and is even felt today as we commemorate the sacrifices made during this devastating war. In light of the end of the First World War ...Show More
Event: Three Admirals on The Indo-Pacific in the Age of Competition

1:18:37 | Nov 2nd, 2018

Date of Recording: 15/10/2018 Description: Three recently retired top military leaders debate key security issues from North Korean brinkmanship to Cross Strait relations and China's rise as a maritime power. Speakers: - Admiral Chen Yeong-K...Show More
Podcast: Learning and Teaching Gender In War and Militarism

35:19 | Oct 26th, 2018

Date of publication: 26/10/2018 Description: Since the year 2000, the UN Security Council has adopted 8 resolutions which make up what is known as the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda. These resolutions work to promote gender equality and strengt...Show More
Event: Hacking the Bomb

49:02 | Oct 19th, 2018

Date of recording: 17/10/2018 Abstract: Are nuclear arsenals safe from cyber-attack? Could terrorists launch a nuclear weapon through hacking? Are we standing at the edge of a major technological challenge to global nuclear order? These are among ...Show More
Event: Should the US withdraw from the Middle East?

38:08 | Oct 10th, 2018

Date of recording: 24/09/2018 Description: On the 24th of September, the Department of War Studies and the Conflict, Security and Development Research Group welcomed Jeff Colgan, Associate Professor at Brown University, for his talk titled, 'Sh...Show More
Podcast: Should the US withdraw from the Middle East?

21:04 | Oct 5th, 2018

Date of Publication: 05/10/2018 Description: According to Jeff Colgan, Associate Prof at Brown University, ‘over the past 25 years, US foreign policy outcomes in the Middle East have gone from more or less acceptable to downright awful.’ Argua...Show More
Event: Cross-Domain Deterrence: Politics by Many Means

51:54 | Sep 28th, 2018

Date of Recording: 24/09/2018 Centre for Science & Security Studies Event co-hosted with Swansea University’s International Studies, Conflict and Security Research Group Abstract The concept of cross-domain deterrence (CDD) emerged in the la...Show More
Podcast: Wargaming Today

37:20 | Sep 21st, 2018

Date of publication: 21/09/2018 Description: On 4-6 Sept, the Connections UK wargaming conference, hosted by King’s College London, once again succeeded in bringing together wargaming users, practitioners and academics "to advance and sustain t...Show More
Inaugural Lecture: Prof 'Funmi Olonisakin

1:06:34 | Sep 14th, 2018

Description: Leadership & 'Conversation' in Dialogue: Securing Peace in the Unromantic Context Stable peace continues to elude societies grappling with cycles of violent conflict and general insecurity. About half of the situations where the Un...Show More
Event: The Future of Relations between Russia and The West

1:16:11 | Aug 3rd, 2018

Date of recording: 04/07/2018 Summary: Experts in both Russia and the West agree that the level of contemporary misunderstanding of actions, intentions and aims in the relations between Russia and the West might lead to irreversible miscalculat...Show More
Podcast: The Art-IR Nexus

33:09 | Jul 20th, 2018

Date of publication: 20/07/2018 Description: On the 30th of June, Dr Pablo de Orellana of the Dept. of War Studies and Dr. Laurie Benson of the Dept. of Politics and International Studies at SOAS convened on a workshop titled, "War for Presence...Show More
Event: Conquer We Must: Writing About Britain In Two World Wars

37:36 | Jul 13th, 2018

Date of recording: 10/07/2018 Description: Prof. Robin Prior - This talk is based upon a book I have been commissioned to write by Yale University Press on the military history of Britain in two world wars. The book will have two main themes: t...Show More
Podcast: Studying with The Centre for Science and Security Studies

16:46 | Jul 6th, 2018

Date of publication: 06/07/2018 Description: The School of Security Studies at King's is not only home to the Depts of War Studies and Defense Studies, but it is also home to multiple research and teaching centres, one of which is the focus of ...Show More
Event: Understanding Complex Conflicts: The First World War

1:14:26 | Jun 29th, 2018

Date of recording: 13/06/2018 Description: On the 13th of June, the School of Security Studies hosted its annual Understanding Complex Conflicts research conference, which showcased some of the research currently underway in the Departments of ...Show More
Prof Andrew Lambert, 'The Development Of Maritime Strategy, 1914 - 1916

30:25 | Jun 25th, 2018

Professor Andrew Lambert discusses elements of the Battle of Jutland to mark the Centenary of the battle. Including the development of the UK's maritime strategy in the build up the battle and during the first few years of World War one. This paper w...Show More
Dr John Brooks, The Battle Of Jutland 'An unpalatable result'

30:25 | Jun 25th, 2018

Alumni PhD researcher of the Laughton unit, Dr John Brooks discusses elements of the Battle of Jutland to mark the centenary of the Battle. It was held at JSC Shrivenham in conjunction with a First World War research group in 2016.
“The Battle Of Jutland 31st May – 1st June 1916” By Professor Andrew Lambert

1:20:09 | Jun 25th, 2018

“The Battle of Jutland 31st May – 1st June 1916” By Professor Andrew Lambert. Hosted by the First World War Research Group.
Occasional Laughton Paper 2017: Studying Naval History Matters to the Modern Navy, James W.E. Smith

17:35 | Jun 25th, 2018

Laughton Occasional Paper, James W.E. Smith details discussions points over the challenges naval historians faced post 1945 when attempting to communicate the value of the study of history when considering future defence policy and maritime strategy....Show More
Maritime Seminars 2017-2018: Australia and India at Sea: Contemporary Security, Helen Sellers

25:51 | Jun 25th, 2018

Kings Maritime Seminar Series 2017-2018. Helen Sellers presents on the topic of 'Australia and India at Sea: The Contemporary Security implications of Two Maritime Histories from ancient to modern times.'. The seminar took place on the 7th December 2...Show More
Occasional Laughton Paper: The Navy & War Studies

41:40 | Jun 25th, 2018

Professor Andrew Lambert and Professor Eric Grove discuss the development of discipline of naval history and its relationship with military history, Kings College London and War Studies.
Podcast: Leadership & 'Conversation' in Dialogue: Securing Peace in the Unromantic Context

30:13 | Jun 22nd, 2018

Date of publication: 22/06/2018 Description: On the 9th of July, Prof. 'Funmi Olonisakin will give her inaugural lecture on "Leadership and 'Conversation' in Dialogue: Securing Peace in the Unromantic Context." This lecture will argue for new t...Show More
Event: The New Era of Counterforce

50:54 | Jun 15th, 2018

Date of recording: 30/05/2018 Summary: Nuclear deterrence rests on the survivability of nuclear arsenals. For much of the nuclear age, “counterforce” disarming attacks—those aimed at eliminating an opponent’s nuclear forces—were nearly impossib...Show More
Podcast: Elite Bargains And Political Deals with Christine Cheng

39:51 | Jun 8th, 2018

Date of publication: 08/06/2018 Description: This week we are going to hear from Dr Christine Cheng, lecturer in the Dept of War Studies, about the "Elite Bargains and Political Deals Project". This project was initiated by the UK Stabilisation...Show More
Inaugural Lecture: Professor John Bew

52:47 | Jun 1st, 2018

22/05/2018 The Pursuit of World Order in Anglo-American Statecraft Description: The pursuit of world order has been an almost ever-present feature of Western — more specifically, American and British — statecraft for over a century. It is em...Show More
Podcast: Security Studies and Understanding Complex Conflicts

29:32 | May 25th, 2018

Description: In this edition of the War Studies podcast, you will first hear from Prof. Wyn Bowen, Head of the School of Security Studies at King's College London, about the purposes and aims of the School, as well as the Understanding Complex Co...Show More
Maritime Seminars 2017-2018: Pageantry and Diplomacy in the late-Henrician Navy

55:54 | May 18th, 2018

Recorded: 10/05/2018 Speaker: Benjamin W. D. Redding, University of Warwick Abstract: Between the 20th and 30th of August 1546, Claude d’Annebault, Admiral of France, visited London as an honorary ambassador following the signing of the Tre...Show More
Podcast: Cyber Conflict with Brandon Valeriano and Tim Stevens

29:17 | May 11th, 2018

Description Cyber operations are becoming increasingly important in contemporary statecraft, as they provide new means through which states may threaten or act against one another. The cases of Estonia, Saudi Aradia, Iran, and the 2016 US Presiden...Show More
Event: Cyber Strategy: The Evolution of Cyber Power and Coercion

52:14 | May 4th, 2018

Speaker: Dr Brandon Valeriano, Donald Bren Chair of Armed Politics, Marine Corps University Chair: Dr Tim Stevens, Lecturer in Global Security and Convenor, Cyber Security Research Group Description: Dr Valeriano will discuss the development...Show More
Event: Protecting China's Interests with Senior Colonel Zhou Bo

1:06:32 | Apr 27th, 2018

Event recorded on 12/04/2018 Senior Colonel Zhou Bo is a Senior Colonel in the Chinese PLA and Director of the Center for Security Cooperation at the Office for International Military Cooperation in China’s Ministry of National Defence. Currently...Show More
Event: The Eritrean National Service: Servitude For The Common Good and the Youth Exodus

50:51 | Apr 13th, 2018

Event recording from 27/03/2018. The Eritrean National Service: Servitude For The Common Good and the Youth Exodus - Book Launch by Professor Gaim Kibrea. Summary: The Eritrean National Service (ENS) lies at the core of the post-independence st...Show More
Event: The Origins of International Counterterrorism - Book Launch by Dr Aviva Guttman

48:44 | Apr 6th, 2018

Event recording from 08/03/2018. The European continent was struck by a wave of international terrorism for the first time in the 1970s, and governments had to develop concerted responses and policies to counter the threat. In The Origins of Inter...Show More
Podcast: Assessing the Future Challenges for the UK's Ministry of Defence

08:12 | Mar 29th, 2018

On the 20th March 2018, Stephen Lovegrove, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Defence, addressed the 27th meeting of King’s College London’s Strand Group. Speaking on the topic of ‘Future Challenges for the Ministry of Defence’, the Permanent...Show More
Event: Future Challenges for the UK's Ministry of Defence

1:13:23 | Mar 29th, 2018

Event recording from 20/03/2018 Stephen Lovegrove, UK's Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Defence, addressed the 27th meeting of King’s College London’s Strand Group. Speaking on the topic of ‘Future Challenges for the Ministry of Defence’, ...Show More
Event: Prince Harry Challenges Public Misconceptions About Mental Health Among Veterans

12:25 | Mar 23rd, 2018

Prince Harry delivered a keynote speech at the annual Veterans’ Mental Health Conference held at King’s College London, on Thursday, March 15th. The event was organised by the King’s Centre for Military Health Research supported by the Forces in ...Show More
Student Insight on the Impact of Secrecy on the Intelligence World

04:55 | Mar 16th, 2018

War Studies student, Isabella Gardner, interviews Professor Michael Goodman after his inaugural lecture on January 30, 2018, on "The Joint Intelligence Committee and Surprise Attack: Lessons from History". Professor Goodman considers the evolutio...Show More
Podcast: Women in War

44:19 | Mar 7th, 2018

The theme of this year's International Women’s Day is 'Strength of a Woman: Press for Progress'. Across the world, women are making positive and empowered progress every day. All progress, however small or ordinary it may seem, is one more positive s...Show More
Event: “The Lion and the Eagle” – Saki Ruth Dockrill Memorial Lecture 2018

37:25 | Mar 7th, 2018

This lecture is also available on YouTube: 👉http://bit.ly/2FBH4nY Throughout modern history, British and American rivalry has gone hand in hand with common interests. In this book Kathleen Burk examines the different kinds of power the two empi...Show More
Event: Fake News - A Roadmap

32:26 | Mar 2nd, 2018

Event recording from 28/02/2018 Since 2015 NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence has developed a successful and long-lasting partnership with the King's Centre for Strategic Communications(KCSC) at King's College London. Based on this...Show More
Podcast: Perspectives on Nationalism and the Trump Presidency

38:36 | Feb 23rd, 2018

In this week’s episode, we explore ideas around nationalism, identity politics, and what the Trump presidency means for the world. We spoke to Dr Pablo de Orellana, Filimon Nomikos, and Dr Charlie Laderman. ** Dr Pablo de Orellana, Fellow of th...Show More
Event: The Forgotten Front: Patron-Client Relationships in Counterinsurgency

28:05 | Feb 16th, 2018

Event recording from 22/11/2017 In conversation with Deborah Haynes, defence correspondent for The Times, Dr Walter C. Ladwig III discusses the challenges of intervening in internal conflicts and how the United States can best exert influence over...Show More
Event: Rumour and the Second World War by Professor Jo Fox

1:01:49 | Feb 9th, 2018

Event recording from 06/02/2018: Sir Michael Howard Centre Annual Lecture Sharks in the Channel and Lions on the Loose: Rumour and the Second World War by Professor Jo Fox Belligerent nations during the Second World War went to considerable len...Show More
Podcast: Art & Reconciliation

23:03 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Here at the Department of War Studies, we are particularly concerned with contemporary and historical security challenges – all kinds of war, terrorism and more. What these security challenges have in common is that at the heart of each is some aspec...Show More
Podcast: King’s Engaged in Africa – A Conversation with Professor 'Funmi Olonisakin

24:18 | Jan 20th, 2018

In this podcast, we are bringing you an exclusive interview with Professor 'Funmi Olonisakin. Professor Olonisakin shares her vision for King's College London and assesses the college's impact on the African continent. Also, Professor Olonisakin c...Show More
Maritime Seminars 2017-2018: Sea of Contradiction - Black Seafarers in the Royal Navy, S. I. Martin

57:05 | Jan 12th, 2018

Event recording from 09/11/2017 While Britain was becoming the largest trafficker in human lives across the Atlantic, the Royal Navy was simultaneously the world's largest employer of free African labour. This talk seeks to establish the origin...Show More
Event: The Clash of The New World Orders

44:43 | Dec 15th, 2017

Event recording from 4/12/2017; introductory remarks by Dr Natasha Kuhrt. Professor Sakwa explores how the tension between Russia and the Atlantic community mirrored a fundamental realignment of the international system from the late 1980s onward...Show More
Podcast: The US-UK Special Relationship

24:09 | Dec 8th, 2017

What made the transition of hegemonic power from British to American dominance uniquely cooperative and nonviolent? In this podcast, Dr Kori Schake analyses the so-called “special relationship” between the United States and the United Kingdom. One...Show More
Podcast: Peaceful Coexistence – Understanding Russia and the West

23:03 | Nov 26th, 2017

How has Russia's revolution in 1917 impacted the West? Can Russia and the West coexist peacefully? In this week's episode, we are bringing you an interview with Professor Alexander Sergunin from the St. Petersburg State University and a keynote a...Show More
Event: Harsh Lessons: Iraq, Afghanistan and The Changing Character of War

38:15 | Nov 22nd, 2017

Event recording from 11/10/2017 Brigadier (Retired) Ben Barry examines the military evolution of the US-led interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq, and their implications for the future character of war. Speaker biography: Brigadier (Retired...Show More
Podcast: Remembering World War One: An Artistic Perspective

24:36 | Nov 10th, 2017

In this week’s episode, we are bringing you interviews with Professor Vivienne Jabri and Amanda Faber, founder of the Soldiers and Arts Academy, talking about the interface between arts and academia and how the arts can support war veterans. If yo...Show More
Event: Soldiers In Revolt: Army Mutinies in Africa

52:32 | Nov 2nd, 2017

Event recording from 16/10/2017 Dr Maggie Dwyer discusses her research and forthcoming book 'Soldiers in Revolt'. The book examines the understudied phenomenon of military mutinies in Africa. Through interviews with former mutineers in Sierra Leon...Show More
Podcast: Influencing the World

20:00 | Oct 27th, 2017

In this week's episode, we ask how digital transformation has changed the sphere of influence in global politics. We hear from Emily Kasriel from the BBC World Service, from Dr Nicholas Michelsen, and Dr Neville Bolt, both from the King's Centre f...Show More
Event: The Addis Ababa Massacre: Italy's National Shame

59:04 | Oct 26th, 2017

Event recording from 26/10/2017 Book launch: The Addis Ababa Massacre: Italy's National Shame Written by Ian Campbell Published by Hurst & Co Speaker: Ian Campbell Discussant: David Styan, Birkbeck College, University of London. Chair: Dr ...Show More
Podcast: Prof Sir Lawrence Freedman on "The Future of War: A History"

37:06 | Oct 13th, 2017

Questions about the future of war are a regular feature of political debate, strategic analysis, and popular fiction. Where should we look for new dangers? What cunning plans might an aggressor have in mind? What are the best forms of defence? How mi...Show More
Podcast: Blitzed! Drugs in Nazi Germany

38:35 | Sep 29th, 2017

Was Hitler a drug addict? Were his troops fighting whilst high on crystal meth? In this podcast, Norman Ohler discusses his provocative new book on the use of drugs in Nazi Germany. This podcast features an exclusive event recording from 31/5/2017...Show More
Podcast: Using Wargaming to Avoid Real-World Conflict

24:20 | Sep 14th, 2017

What is a wargame? Who should be playing wargames and why? How can simulating real-world events help to avoid real-world conflicts? In this podcast, we are bringing you five exclusive interviews with organisers and participants of this year's Conn...Show More
Event: The Politics of Force in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

42:03 | Sep 6th, 2017

Event recording from 28/06/2017 THE POLITICS OF FORCE IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO: A CLOSER LOOK AT THE UN'S STRATEGIES FOR NEUTRALIZING ARMED GROUPS Speaker: Adam Day, Senior Researcher at the UN University and formerly Senior Po...Show More
Podcast: Responding to Extreme Events

19:33 | Jun 26th, 2017

In this week’s episode, we explore how the public and governments respond to extreme events. We’re bringing you two exclusive interviews with two of our own experts from the Department of War Studies. Dr Julia Pearce is a social psychologist in th...Show More
Event: Strategic Leadership at Normandy: Lessons on Intellectual Courage

1:13:31 | Jun 16th, 2017

Event recording from 09/05/2017 STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP AT NORMANDY: LESSONS ON INTELLECTUAL COURAGE This event will build upon Christopher Kolenda's research on strategic leadership in Iraq and Afghanistan for his doctoral dissertation. Chris wil...Show More
Podcast: The Issue of Radicalisation

06:50 | Jun 12th, 2017

In light of the recent attacks in the UK, Dr Shiraz Maher and Dr Nina Musgrave comment on the issues of radicalisation and counterterrorism. Dr Maher is a lecturer in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London and Deputy Director of th...Show More
Professor Joseph Nye: “I’m much more worried about the rise of Trump than the rise of China”

50:51 | Jun 9th, 2017

Event recording from 6th of June 2017 Inaugural Annual Lecture with Guest Speaker Professor Joseph Nye, with introduction by Dr Neville Bolt, Director of the King's Centre for Strategic Communications. Joseph S. Nye Jr., University Distinguish...Show More
Dr Patricia Lewis: How to Think About the Future of Peace

56:05 | Jun 8th, 2017

Event recording from 19th of May 2017 Dr Patricia M Lewis is the Research Director, International Security at Chatham House. Her former posts include Deputy Director and Scientist-in-Residence at the Center for Non-proliferation Studies at the Mon...Show More
Sir Lawrence Freedman: How to Think About the Future of War

1:07:50 | Jun 8th, 2017

Event recording from 18th of May 2017 Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman has been Professor of War Studies at King's College London since 1982, and Vice-Principal since 2003. He was educated at Whitley Bay Grammar School and the Universities of Manch...Show More
Podcast: PhD Conference

09:17 | Jun 2nd, 2017

In this week’s episode, we’re bringing you exclusive interviews with participants at this year’s School of Security Studies PhD Conference. The two day conference was intended to provide an opportunity for PhD students from KCL’s War Studies and D...Show More
Podcast: Rebel Law

19:13 | May 18th, 2017

In this week’s episode, we’re bringing you an interview with War Studies alumnus Dr Frank Ledwidge. Dr Ledwidge is currently a lecturer at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell and author of three books. His latest book is called ‘Rebel Law: Insurgent...Show More
Event: Passchendaele - A New History

37:41 | May 17th, 2017

Event recording from 04/05/2017 PASSCHENDAELE - A NEW HISTORY Speaker: Dr Nick Lloyd Chair: Professor Bill Philpott Hosted by the Sir Michael Howard Centre The Sir Michael Howard Centre: smhc@kcl.ac.uk Between July and November 1917, in ...Show More
Student Insight on War & Japan Concert

07:05 | May 9th, 2017

Two of our undergraduate students, Mariam Japaridze and Celia Pannetier report on the recent classical concert, War & Japan: A musical journey. Interspersed with excerpts of music, they comment on the relevance of the repertoire, interview the musi...Show More
Podcast: Studying Art and War

15:00 | May 4th, 2017

In this week’s episode, we’re bringing you a special feature with Dr Lola Frost speaking about the value of studying art in war studies. According to her, studying art is important in war studies because art can convey knowledge in a way that is not ...Show More
Podcast: Risk and Terror

20:41 | Apr 20th, 2017

In this week’s episode, we explore how the public should understand and respond to risk. Dr Brooke Rogers explains how risk is understood from a practitioners point of view and how the public’s understanding may differ. In addition, Dr Rogers elabora...Show More
Event: State Of Rebellion - Violence And Intervention In The Central African Republic

44:53 | Apr 12th, 2017

Event recording from 10/04/2017 STATE OF REBELLION: VIOLENCE AND INTERVENTION IN THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC Speaker: Louisa Lombard, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Yale. Chair: Dr Kieran Mitton, War Studies, KCL. A joint event of th...Show More
Event: Learned From The Russian Hack: The New Era of Political Warfare

46:10 | Mar 26th, 2017

Event recording from 14/03/2017 LEARNED FROM THE RUSSIAN HACK: THE NEW ERA OF POLITICAL WARFARE Speaker: Dr Brandon Valeriano, Cardiff University. Brandon Valeriano (Ph.D. Vanderbilt University) has published dozens of articles and book chap...Show More
Podcast special: The Attack in Westminster

08:48 | Mar 24th, 2017

On Wednesday 22 March an attack was carried out on Westminster Bridge and the Houses of Parliament where five people have died, including a police officer and the attacker. John Gearson, Professor for National Security Studies at King's College Lo...Show More
Podcast: Lord Ricketts on the Practice of National Security

13:41 | Mar 24th, 2017

Joining us this week: This years inaugural lecture on the Practice of National security was run by Lord Peter Ricketts who spoke about the establishment of the UK National Security Council in 2010, as well as his appointment as the first Nation...Show More
Podcast: International Women's Day

23:40 | Mar 8th, 2017

Will you #BeBoldForChange on International Women's Day 2017 and beyond by taking groundbreaking action that truly drives the greatest change for women? Joining us this week: In the first interview, we speak to Dr Brooke Rogers, the first psycho...Show More
Event: Where do Violent Norms Come From? Organisation, Power, and Space in Civil War

1:10:44 | Mar 5th, 2017

Event recording from 13/02/2017 Speaker: Dr Zoe Marks, Chancellor’s Fellow (Lecturer), Centre of African Studies and Co-Director, Global Development Academy, University of Edinburgh. Chair: Dr Kieran Mitton, CSDRG, War Studies, King's College L...Show More
Event: The Geopolitics Of American Empire: A View From The 1940s

38:58 | Mar 2nd, 2017

Event recording from 07/02/2017 at King's College London. The Geopolitics of American Empire: A view from the 1940s Speaker: Dr Or Rosenboim, University of Cambridge Did visions of empire shape the rise of the United States to world power? I...Show More
Podcast: Music, War, and Propaganda

34:04 | Feb 24th, 2017

In this podcast, we’re bringing you two exclusive interviews. In the first interview (0-16:37), Lisa Ueda and Daniele Rinaldo, both prize-winning solo musicians, talk about where their passion for music began and elaborated on how they believe the...Show More
Podcast: MA in Arms Control & Security Studies

11:00 | Feb 10th, 2017

Professor Wyn Bowen the new head for the school of Security studies at King’s College talks about what the new school is about. Joined by Dr Heather Williams who talks about the new Masters degree in Arms Control, a joint programme between war stu...Show More
Podcast: The Informational Dimension of Hybrid Warfare

15:28 | Jan 28th, 2017

In this episode, we're bringing you an exclusive interview with Dr Neville Bolt, director of the King's Centre for Strategic Communications. Dr Bolt discusses the informational dimension of hybrid warfare. Many scholars argue that the absence of ...Show More
Event: The Death Of The ICC? The Politics Of International Justice In Africa

1:07:42 | Jan 26th, 2017

Event recording from 23/1/2016 Speaker: Dr. Phil Clark, Reader in Comparative and International Politics, SOAS. Chair: Dr Domitilla Sagramoso Part of the Conflict Security & Development Seminar Series Biography Dr. Phil Clark is a Reader in ...Show More
Event: The First Victory

51:11 | Jan 24th, 2017

Event recording from 19/1/2017 Andrew Stewart introduces his new book The First Victory: The Second World War and the East Africa Campaign, a riveting account of the long-overlooked achievement of British-led forces who, against all odds, scored t...Show More
Event: American Primacy World War Two

45:55 | Jan 22nd, 2017

Event recording from 25/10/2016 Dr Stephen Wertheim King’s College, University of Cambridge The author Dr. Stephen Wertheim is a Junior Research Fellow at King’s College and the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambr...Show More
Podcast: War Studies Society

13:51 | Jan 16th, 2017

The WSS is an independent organisation accredited by the KCLSU that is open to current students, alumni or anyone with an interest in subjects related to War Studies; history, international relations, security, conflict, government and foreign policy...Show More
Event: Vietnam War

40:07 | Dec 19th, 2016

Event recording from 14/12/2016 Speaker: Dr. Andrew Gawthorpe Abstract The Vietnam War was not only a war, but also a contest between rival nation-building visions. The Vietnamese Communist movement's bottom-up mobilization was pitted against ...Show More
Event: Hitler's Soldiers

39:15 | Dec 19th, 2016

Event recording from 30/11/2016 Speaker: Ben H. Shepherd Abstract This paper will examine the front-line fighting performance of the German army of the Second World War, during the period in which it won its greatest victories – from the outbr...Show More
Event: Guerillas And Gorillas

49:05 | Dec 16th, 2016

GUERRILLAS & GORILLAS: CONSERVATION IN THE WARZONES OF EASTERN DRC Speaker: John Kahekwa Hosted by the Marjan Centre for the Study of War & the Non Human Sphere On a rare visit to the United Kingdom, world famous gorilla conservationist John Kahek...Show More
Podcast: Casualty Recording Post-Chilcot

16:10 | Dec 16th, 2016

The UK launch of the first-ever set of international standards for recording casualties for use in the field and as a resource for conflict analysts (published 23 November 2016). These Standards have been developed by UK-based NGO Every Casualty ove...Show More
Podcast: Thinking Historically - A Guide For Strategy and Statecraft

18:04 | Nov 28th, 2016

There is a renewed interest in exploring how history and historians might contribute to the policymaking process. The core aim of the Grand Strategy Programme is knowledge transfer: to bring more historical and strategic expertise to statecraft, dip...Show More
Podcast: Humans of Calais

19:22 | Nov 22nd, 2016

Humans of Calais Photo Exhibition shows the daily life in the refugee camp in Calais. This project aims to give migrants a voice in order to understand their experiences from their own perspective. You can visit the exhibition at the War Studies Meet...Show More
Event: Ukraine - A Frontline Perspective of The War in The East

33:45 | Nov 20th, 2016

Event recording from 7/11/2016 Speaker: Dr Samir Puri , Department of War Studies , KCL. Chair: Dr Domitilla Sagramoso, CSDRG, Department of War Studies, KCL. This event was part of the CSD MA Monday Seminar Series, hosted by the Conflict, S...Show More
Podcast: Brexit - What It Means for European Security and Defence

15:01 | Nov 11th, 2016

The British vote to leave the European Union has caused one of the most profound strategic shifts in recent European history. Although the majority of attention is paid to trade and migration issues, Brexit will also have major repercussions for Euro...Show More
Event: Thinking the Unthinkable: Brexit? Trump? Migration? Russia? Why Leaders Have Lost The Plot

49:18 | Nov 9th, 2016

Event recording from 8/11/2016 Speaker: Nik Gowing, Visiting Professor at King’s College London, Department of War Studies, and Nanyang Technological University Singapore Chair: Professor Mats Berdal, Director of CSDRG, War Studies, King's Coll...Show More
Event: Elections in Georgia - The road ahead

1:25:53 | Nov 9th, 2016

Event recording from 1/11/2016 "Elections in Georgia - The road ahead". On the 8th of October Georgians went to the polls to elect a new parliament. This was the first electoral challenge of the 'Georgian Dream' which has had rather unimpres...Show More
Event: Taming the Imperial Imagination

31:53 | Nov 4th, 2016

Event recording from 19/10/2016: TAMING THE IMPERIAL IMAGINATION: COLONIAL KNOWLEDGE, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, AND THE ANGLO-AFGHAN ENCOUNTER, 1808-1878 Dr Bayly wrote his doctoral thesis in King's War Studies. He has recently written a book wi...Show More
Podcast: Fighting and Negotiating with Armed Groups

21:12 | Oct 28th, 2016

This podcast features an exclusive interview with Dr Samir Puri discussing his new book launch "Fighting and Negotiating with Armed Groups: The Difficulty of Securing Strategic Outcomes”. Dr Samir Puri is a Lecturer in the Department of War Studie...Show More
Podcast: Traces of War Exhibition

26:07 | Oct 22nd, 2016

This podcast features exclusive interviews with the Traces of War artists Jananne Al-Ani, Baptist Coelho and Shaun Gladwell. Traces of War, reimagines war beyond its exceptionality, locating it in spaces where it would be least expected. At the s...Show More
Event: What Works in Reducing Community Violence: An Evidence-Informed Approach

1:04:24 | Oct 7th, 2016

Speaker: Thomas Abt, Senior Research Fellow & Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard University & Instituto Igarapé. Chair: Dr Kieran Mitton, CSDRG, War Studies, King's College London. Thomas Abt discussed his recent report, "What Works in ...Show More
Event: When rules rule: A Normative Approach to Maritime Disputes

33:43 | Oct 7th, 2016

Dr Alessio Patalano, Senior Lecturer, War Studies in conversation with Dan "Fig" Leaf Lt. Gen (Rtd) U.S. Air Force on Thursday 22nd September 2016 at 6pm in War Studies Meeting Room K6.07, 6th Floor, King’s Building This conversation is a recordi...Show More
Individualisation of War / Writing About Violence

32:22 | May 14th, 2016

Interview with Professor Jennifer Welsh who is chair of International Relations at the European University Institute and Senior Research fellow at Somerville College at the University of Oxford. She was previously a professor of international relatio...Show More
Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge

21:31 | Apr 15th, 2016

Last week a a team of students from King's College London won The Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge. The challenge is an attempt to bridge the gap between the technical part of cybersecurity with cyber-policy. The competition occurs in three stages. 1...Show More
Airwars Project / Russian Air Strikes in Syria

19:58 | Apr 9th, 2016

Investigative journalist Chris Woods discusses the work of Airwars, a transparency group dedicated to tracking and archiving the international air war against Islamic State and other groups. Airwars has compiled an archive of reports of military acti...Show More
Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma

33:20 | Apr 1st, 2016

After having served two terms as the Commonwealth Secretary-General, his excellency Kamalesh Sharma will be remembered for modernising the organisation, fostering crucial links with the G20, as well as providing vital capabilities to small states wi...Show More
The BBC, Hate Propaganda & War Reporting

44:52 | Mar 11th, 2016

Keith Somerville talks about the BBC, hate propaganda and objectivity in the media. Professor Somerville was a career journalist with the BBC World Service and BBC News for three decades, specialising in Africa, Keith writes and lectures on Afric...Show More
Big Data in Peace and Conflict

24:31 | Mar 4th, 2016

Last month Dr David Hammond from the Institute for Economics and Peace taught a module at the War Studies Department titled 'Peace, Conflict, Quantitative Research and Big Data'. He answers the question of whether the world is becoming more violent...Show More
China's New Approach to Africa / Apple vs. FBI

39:10 | Feb 26th, 2016

In this week's War Studies Podcast, Professor Ian Taylor from St Andrew's shares his views on China's 'New Normal' relationship with Africa. We also have Dr. Jack McDonald from War Studies discuss the ongoing Apple v FBI case. Presented by Bradley...Show More
Interview with Professor Richard Ned Lebow

17:03 | Feb 19th, 2016

This week, we have an interview with Professor Richard Ned Lebow, who recently celebrated 50 years of teaching International Relations. We talk to him about what he's found interesting in his 50 years of teaching, the joys of teaching, and an interes...Show More
EU and Hamas Drag Performance / Role of Diplomacy in a Changing International Order

34:32 | Feb 12th, 2016

This week on the War Studies podcast, we have two interviews: one with Dr Catherine Charrett from the University of Chicester on her solo performance of "Politics in Drag: Sipping Toffee with Hamas in Brussels" in the War Studies department, and also...Show More
Defence Corruption Across Africa and the Undermining of Security

23:25 | Feb 5th, 2016

In this weeks’ War Studies Podcast, Bradley Murray speaks to Hiruy Gossaye from Transparency International about their recent index outlining corruption in the defence industries across Africa. The event that this interview was based on was co-hos...Show More
Magnificent and Beggar Land: Angola Since the Civil War

16:11 | Jan 29th, 2016

In this Weeks War Studies Podcast Xenia Zubova interviews Ricardo Soares de Oliveira about on the subject of his latest publication, 'Magnificent and Beggar Land: Angola Since the Civil War'. The author is an Associate Professor in Comparative Po...Show More
Dealing with Painful History and Building Sustainable Peace in North East Asia

15:54 | Jan 22nd, 2016

In this weeks War Studies podcast Bradley Murray speaks to Prof Kevin Clements about sustainable peace in North East Asia. Professor Clements is the Foundation Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies and Director of the New Zealand National Centre fo...Show More
Strategy and Security in Cyberspace

18:27 | Dec 4th, 2015

This week, we interview Dr. Michael Sulmeyer who recently concluded several years in the Office of the Secretary of Defence, serving most recently as the Director for Plans and Operations for Cyber Policy. He is currently Belfer Center's Cyber Securi...Show More
Western Sahara & Egypt after the Arab Spring

32:35 | Nov 27th, 2015

This week's podcast features Pablo de Orellana, who is a teaching fellow at the Department of War Studies. His research focuses on issues of identity in diplomatic communication, including the role of representation in the diplomacy of the First Viet...Show More
Interview with Ramesh Thakur on R2P / US Civil-Military Relations and Multilateral Intervention

31:20 | Nov 20th, 2015

On November 9th 2015, Stife Journal and the US Foreign Policy Research Group hosted Dr. Stefano Recchia of Cambridge University to discuss his new book, “Reassuring the Reluctant Warriors: U.S. Civil-Military Relations and Multilateral Intervention” ...Show More
Narendra Modi's UK Visit/Transitional Justice in Sierra Leone

26:22 | Nov 13th, 2015

On Friday 6th November, a panel discussion was held at King’s by the Africa Research Group centring on the recent publication of Evaluating Transitional Justice: Accountability and Peacebuilding in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone. With large contribution...Show More
Iran after the Nuclear Deal/UK Defence Acquisition

25:04 | Nov 6th, 2015

This week, we talk to Bernard Jenkin MP who visited the War Studies Department on November 2nd to discuss his latest publication 'Defence Acquisition for the 21st Century'. This is followed by an Interview with McArthur Fellow and phD student Dina Es...Show More
Iran's Regional Policy After the Nuclear Deal

14:37 | Nov 3rd, 2015

On November 3rd, Dina Esfandiary, a MacArthur Fellow at the Centre for Science and Security Studies at King’s College London gave a talk on what implications the Iran Deal has on other countries in the region. Dina Esfandriary was a Research Asso...Show More
Reading Week Special/Talking to War Studies Society President

18:21 | Oct 30th, 2015

In this week's War Studies Podcast recorded on the 30th of October, we spoke to War Studies Society President, Adam Holub about the events that they have planned for November and how you can get more involved with the society. This week's podcast...Show More
Communicating Research To Policy Makers / Modern Mercenaries: Private Military Contractors

20:51 | Oct 23rd, 2015

This week, we begin by talking to John Tesh, who came into the department on Monday 19th October. John Tesh CBE, former deputy director and head of the capabilities team in the Civil Contingencies Secretariat in the UK Cabinet Office spoke on communi...Show More
UN Peace Operations / Interview with Dr Samir Puri

26:21 | Oct 16th, 2015

This week, we begin by talking to Hilde F. Johnson, who came into the department on Monday 12th, October to hold two talks on UN Peace Operations. In 2014, Hilde completed her three year tenure as Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG...Show More
Debating Drones / Syrian Refugee Crisis

36:26 | Oct 9th, 2015

On March 5th Strife and the Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS) hosted a debate with award-winning author and investigative journalist Chris Woods, and Dr. Jack McDonald of King's College London. Chris Woods talks about the significanc...Show More
Interview with Dr Peter Busch / Understanding Atrocity in the Sierra Leone Civil War

27:05 | Oct 2nd, 2015

This week, our first segment is with Dr Peter Busch, Senior Lecturer in the Department of War Studies, and also the creator of the War Studies Podcast. Peter will be leaving will be on sabbatical leave from the Department this year, and Xenia Zubova ...Show More
Boko Haram in Nigeria / The Future of War

17:03 | Sep 25th, 2015

The first topic is on Boko Haram in Nigeria, where BA student Bradley Murray interviews Virginia Comolli, who came into the department on Monday 21st September to discuss the findings of her new book. Professor Christopher Coker from the London Scho...Show More
Heroin Addiction in Tajikistan / Cultural Legacies of WWI

25:35 | Aug 14th, 2015

War Studies alumna Malgorzata Skowronska returned to the Department at the end of March to screen her documentary ‘Narkomen’. The documentary exposes the problem of heroin addiction in Tajikistan through the personal stories of Mirzo and Mamadkhon, t...Show More
Model United Nations / Business for Peace

23:18 | Mar 27th, 2015

The KCL UN Association sent a delegation to the recent Model UN event in Seoul, South Korea -- and even won two prizes. We talked to BA students Yuji Develle and Jackson Webster about their experience. Dr Jolyon Ford is with the Global Economic Go...Show More
Dr Jo Ford - Regulating Business for Peace

35:44 | Mar 26th, 2015

Dr Jolyon Ford is with the Global Economic Governance Programme at the University of Oxford, and an Associate Fellow at Chatham House. His research focuses on the regulation of investor and business activity in fragile and conflict-affected states, o...Show More
Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway / Soldier-led Adaptation in Iraq and Vietnam

21:49 | Mar 20th, 2015

Åsne Seierstad is an award-winning Norwegian journalist and writer known for her work as a war correspondent and as the author of the international bestseller, 'The Bookseller of Kabul’. She discusses her new book, ‘One of Us’ (Little, Brown/Virago),...Show More
Dr Nico Prucha - The Use of the Internet by Islamic State in Syria

39:18 | Mar 19th, 2015

Dr Nico Prucha is the new VOX-Pol Research Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) in the Department of War Studies at King’s. His work focuses on analysing and deciphering primary Arabic-language jihadist propaganda...Show More
Sarah Chayes - Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security

48:58 | Mar 17th, 2015

Sarah Chayes is a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. A former reporter, Chayes covered the fall of the Taliban for National Public Radio. She then opted to leave journalism and remain in Afghanistan to contribute to the ...Show More
UK and Mass Surveillance / Bodies of Violence

23:51 | Mar 13th, 2015

Dr Médéric Martin-Mazé, Research Associate in the Department of War Studies, gives an assessment of the new report by the Intelligence & Security Committee of the British Parliament on mass surveillance. Dr Lauren Wilcox, Deputy Director of the Ca...Show More
Dr Nina Kollars - War’s Horizon: Soldier-led Adaptation in Iraq and Vietnam

39:15 | Mar 12th, 2015

Nina Kollars is Assistant Professor of Government at Franklin & Marshall College. Dr. Kollars' research investigates the processes by which individuals and groups innovate and adapt when in high-stakes contexts with inadequate resources.  Other work ...Show More
Åsne Seierstad - One of Us: the story of Anders Breivik and the massacre in Norway

53:40 | Mar 9th, 2015

Åsne Seierstad is an award-winning Norwegian journalist and writer known for her work as a war correspondent. She is the author of the international bestseller, 'The Bookseller of Kabul', which sold over two million copies, as well as 'One Hundred an...Show More
Barack Obama & American Power / CSD 2015 conference

27:17 | Mar 6th, 2015

Inderjeet Parmar, Professor in International Politics at City University London, talks about ‘Barack Obama and American Power’. Professor Parmar is the author of several books on US foreign policy, including “Barack Obama and the Myth of a Post-racia...Show More
Professor Inderjeet Parmar - Barack Obama and American Power

38:11 | Mar 5th, 2015

Inderjeet Parmar is Professor in International Politics at City University London. He has authored seven book on US policy, including “Barack Obama and the Myth of a Post-racial America” (2013) and “Foundations of the American Century” (2012). He is ...Show More
Dr Srinath Raghavan - The Economic Consequences of the War: India, 1939-45

1:08:25 | Mar 4th, 2015

Dr Srinath Raghavan is Senior Research Fellow at King's India Institute. He took his MA and PhD from the Department of War Studies, King's College London. He is the author of 'War and Peace in Modern India: A Strategic History of the Nehru Years'(201...Show More
War & Peace in the CAR / International Relations Today blog

27:00 | Feb 27th, 2015

Sarah Covington, lead analyst on the Central African Republic for the Country Risk Team at IHS, and Albert Caramés, associate researcher at the Groupe de Rechercheet Information pour la Paix (GRIP), discuss War and Peace in the Central African Republ...Show More
The Limits of Security - Sir John Sawers, 2015 Annual Lecture

1:10:35 | Feb 24th, 2015

The Department of War Studies was delighted to host Sir John Sawers, former Chief of MI6 and Visiting Professor in the Department of War Studies, at the 2015 Annual Lecture, held on 16 February. Addressing a packed lecture theatre, Sir John offered a...Show More
War & Peace in the Central African Republic - Sarah Covington & Albert Carames

27:48 | Feb 23rd, 2015

Sarah Covington is the lead analyst on the Central African Republic for the Country Risk Team at IHS Country Risk, a specialist intelligence unit that forecasts political and violent risks worldwide. Albert Caramés is an associate researcher at t...Show More
Ukraine crisis / Responsibility to Protect

16:59 | Feb 20th, 2015

Dr Natasha Kuhrt, Lecturer in the department, gives an assessment of the Ukraine ceasefire deal. Professor Richard Caplan (University of Oxford) talks to MA student Charlie de Rivaz about the Responsibility to Protect (R2P). Jayne Peake provides det...Show More
Cumberland Lodge Special: Biometrics/ICT Rwanda/Nixon & Iran

16:49 | Feb 13th, 2015

Doctoral candidates presented their preliminary findings at the department's postgraduate research conference at Cumberland Lodge in Great Windsor Park. We talked to three students: Sarah Soliman (supervised by Dr John Stone) works on how the US mili...Show More
Professor Richard Caplan - Responsibility to Protect: Old Wine in New Bottles?

22:42 | Feb 9th, 2015

Richard Caplan is Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford. He has also been a Specialist-Advisor to the Select Committee on Foreign Affairs in the UK House of Commons; a Research Associate at the International Institute for S...Show More
Dr Annette Idler - Fragile Alliances among Colombian Violent Non-state Actors

28:58 | Feb 6th, 2015

Dr Annette Idler teaches at the University of Oxford and is also a Research Associate at the Graduate Institute Geneva’s Centre on Conflict, Development and Peace-building, as well as a Research Fellow on peace communities in Colombia’s borderlands w...Show More
Comparing different forms of political violence / Colombia's non-state armed actors

19:01 | Feb 6th, 2015

Keith Krause, Professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, talks about complex processes and difficult comparisons between different kinds of political violence. Dr Annette Idler, tutor at the University...Show More
Professor Keith Krause - From War to Political Violence: Complex Processes and Difficult Comparisons

48:13 | Feb 6th, 2015

Keith Krause is Professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, Director of its Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP), and Programme Director of the Small Arms Survey, an interna...Show More
James Gray MP & Mark Lomas QC: Who takes Britain to war?

36:24 | Feb 4th, 2015

On 29 August 2013, the House of Commons voted against the prospect of UK military action against the Assad regime in Syria. The decision helped shape the Western approach to the Syrian crisis and marked a significant moment in British politics; raisi...Show More
War Studies Research Seminar: Mistakes and Misunderstandings in IR

14:04 | Jan 30th, 2015

Dr Christine Cheng, Lecturer in International Relations, co-convenes the War Studies Research seminars. She talks about the idea behind it. Professor Mervyn Frost discusses his current book project (with Dr Sylvia Lechner) on mistakes and misundersta...Show More
Who takes Britain to war?

15:54 | Jan 23rd, 2015

James Gray MP and Mark Lomas QC discuss questions about the constitutional basis for ‘who decides’ when Britain goes to war. They published a new book on this issue: Who Takes Britain To War? (The History Press, 2014) Jayne Peake and Dr Peter Busch...Show More
Charlie Hebdo attacks and French counter-terrorism

12:46 | Jan 16th, 2015

Dr Frank Foley, Lecturer in International Relations in the Department of War Studies, gives his views on French counter-terrorism and the attacks in Paris last week. Dr Foley is the author of 'Countering Terrorism in Britain and France', which was pu...Show More
Franklin expedition: myths, archeology & Canadian identity

21:49 | Dec 12th, 2014

Our naval historian Professor Andrew Lambert talks about what it means to the Canadian government to have located one of the Franklin expedition's ships in the Arctic. Dr Jörg Spieker, Lecturer in International Relations, joined the department at th...Show More
Pakistani perspectives on Afghanistan

15:40 | Dec 5th, 2014

Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa, Charles Wallace Fellow at St. Antony's, Oxford University, talks about the Pakistan military and strategic depth in Afghanistan. Lt. General (R) Asad Durrani, former Director General of the Inter-Services Intelligence (1990) and...Show More
Peacebuilding in Bosnia / Visual media & International War Crimes

20:05 | Nov 28th, 2014

Vahidin Omanovic, co-founder and executive director of the Center for Peacebuilding in Sanski Most, Bosnia-Herzegovina talks about working on peace building at the grassroots level. Dr Rachel Kerr, Senior Lecturer in the Department of War Studies, t...Show More
UN humanitarian operations / BA International Relations

21:25 | Nov 21st, 2014

Current student Ville Majamaa talks about his experience studying on our BA International Relations programme. Dr Martin Barber is interview by MA student Charlie de Rivaz about his new book 'Blinded by Humanity: Inside the UN's Humanitarian Operati...Show More
British Intelligence: the JIB and the JIC

13:37 | Nov 14th, 2014

The department’s Dr Michael Goodman, Reader in Intelligence and International Affairs and Dr Huw Dylan, Lecturer in Intelligence Studies and International Security talk about their new books: H Dylan, Defence Intelligence and the Cold War: Britain’s...Show More
Marjan Centre / Hong Kong War Crimes Trials

23:43 | Nov 7th, 2014

Professor Michael Rainsborough talks about the Marjan Centre for the Study of Conflict and Conservation and the Marsh-Marjan award. Dr Suzannah Linton, Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public and International in Heidelberg, shares...Show More
Ebola Crisis

13:10 | Oct 31st, 2014

Dr Kieran Mitton is Lecturer in International Relations in the Department. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in Sierra Leone for a study of reintegration in the past. Kieran is especially interested in violence characterised as ‘irrational’ and th...Show More
Phil Clark on Transitional Justice / Pinar Bilgin on Security in the International

20:05 | Oct 24th, 2014

Dr Phil Clark, Reader in International and Comparative Politics at SOAS, University of London, talks about his latest project community-based approaches to transitional justice & peace-building in Africa's Great Lakes. Dr Pinar Bilgin, Associate P...Show More
Brown Moses on Open Source Intelligence / Dr Christine Fair on Pakistan's army

28:41 | Oct 17th, 2014

Eliot Higgins, known by his online pseudonym Brown Moses, talks to MA graduate Gus Constantinou about his open source intelligence methods that he used in analysing recent events like the 2013 attacks in Syria. We also have a conversation between ou...Show More
'Taking Risks' with our artist in residence

10:34 | Oct 10th, 2014

Dr Lola Frost is the Department's first artist in residence. She talks about her exhibition 'Taking Risks', which opened this week and can be visited until 25 October (Somerset House, East Wing, level -2). Presented by Dr Peter Busch DISCLAIMER: A...Show More
Attrition: Philpott on the First World War

12:29 | Oct 2nd, 2014

In the first of the 2014/15 series of podcasts, William Philpott, Professor of the History of Warfare in the department, talks about his new book: War of Attrition: Fighting the First World War (Overlook 2014) Jayne Peake tells us more about next we...Show More
2013/14 podcasts: Russia & Crimea: past & present

14:17 | Mar 28th, 2014

Andrew Lambert, Laughton Professor of Naval History in the department, gives his perspective of the Crimean crisis. Dr Alan James and current student Rachel Blackman talk about the department's MA History of Warfare. Jayne Peake provides details o...Show More
2013/14 podcasts Anatol Lieven on crisis in Ukraine

13:03 | Mar 14th, 2014

Anatol Lieven, Professor of International Relations in the department, gives his views on the crisis in Ukraine and its international implications. Jayne Peake provides details of next week's events. Presented by Dr Peter Busch DISCLAIMER: Any in...Show More
2013/14 podcasts: Russia's understanding of war

16:26 | Mar 7th, 2014

Recorded 7 March 2014: Against the background of the crisis in the Ukraine, Oscar Jonsson, doctoral student in the department, discusses Russia's way of warfare. In our series 'Where are they now?' we hear from our alumnus Adrian Johnson who is now...Show More
2013/14 podcasts: King's of War Relaunched

18:25 | Feb 28th, 2014

Dr Thomas Rid, Reader in the Department, talks about the relaunch of the King's of War blog. Our MA student Sudhir Selvaraj talks to Professor Hilton Root, currently vising professor in the Department of Political Economy, about his new book 'Dyna...Show More
2013/14 podcasts: Cumberland Lodge: Post-colonial subject, PTSD, Reintegration of soldiers

21:37 | Feb 21st, 2014

The Department of War Studies held its annual postgraduate research student conference at Cumberland Lodge this week. We talked to three of our students after they presented her early findings and ideas. Laurie Benson: Creative expression, conflict a...Show More
2013/14 podcasts: India and the US

13:12 | Feb 14th, 2014

Why will the US and India never form an alliance? Dr Rudra Chaudhuri, Lecturer in South East Asian Security and Strategic Affairs in the department, explains when he talks about his new book 'Forged in Crisis: India and the United States since 1947'....Show More
2013/14 podcasts: Refugees in Eastern Sudan / India's nuclear policy

27:17 | Feb 7th, 2014

Dr Helen Thiollet, Sciences Po Paris, talks about Eritrean refugee camps in Eastern Sudan. Her research challenges the view that refugees in camps are just victims who are trapped in their situation and have not agency. Dr Gaurav Kampani, research...Show More
2013/14 podcasts: Hobbs on Nuclear security education / Urban on UK & media

19:01 | Jan 31st, 2014

Dr Christopher Hobbs, Deputy Director for Knowledge Transfer at the department's Centre for Science and Security Studies talks about his work on nuclear security education. BBC Newsnight's diplomatic and defence editor Mark Urban gave this year's W...Show More
2013/14 podcasts: Leenders on Syria Talks / Omand on electronic surveillance

19:08 | Jan 24th, 2014

Dr Reinoud Leenders, Reader in International Politics and Middle East Studies in the department, discusses the prospects of the negotiations on Syria that started in Switzerland this week. Sir David Omand, visiting professor in the department, talk...Show More
2013/14 podcasts: Preparing for CBRN Terrorism

11:19 | Jan 17th, 2014

Dr Kristian Krieger, Research Associate in the Department, is one of a team of researchers that is headed by Dr Brooke Rogers. They work on EU funded project PRACTICE. Kristian talks about the early results of an exercise they did in Birmingham a few...Show More
2013/14 podcasts: Peacebuilding / Threats to infrastructure

25:36 | Dec 13th, 2013

Dr Sarah von Billerbeck, new Lecturer in International Relations in the department, talks about her research on UN peacebuilding in Sub-Saharan Africa. You can follow her on twitter: @SVBillerbeck Dr Alexander Feteke, Professor of Risk and Crisis M...Show More
2013/14 podcasts: US drone strikes in pakistan

20:51 | Dec 6th, 2013

Mustafa Qadri, Head of Research for Pakistan at Amnesty International, discusses Amnesty's new report on US drone strikes. Mr Qadri was invited to King's by the Afghanistan Studies Research Group. You can find the report ' "Will I be next?" US Drone ...Show More
2013/14 podcasts: Moran on Iran Deal / Salter on Methods in Security Studies

22:23 | Nov 29th, 2013

Dr Matthew Moran, Deputy Director for Research Development at the Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS) in the Department comments on the interim agreement on Iran's nuclear programme. Professor Mark B. Salter of the University of Ottawa c...Show More
2013/14 podcasts: Martyrdom or Suicide?

18:52 | Nov 22nd, 2013

Professor Karin M. Fierke of the University of St. Andrews talks about her new book on Political Self-Sacrifice. She was invited to King's by the department's Research Centre in International Relations. Karin Fierke's book: Political Self-Sacrifice: ...Show More
2013/14 podcasts: PRISM, TEMPORA, ENDGAME

23:05 | Nov 15th, 2013

Elmar Theveßen, Deputy Editor and Head of News and Current Affairs of German public television ZDF talks to MA student Jonathan Noy about Prism, the NSA and US intelligence in the wake of the Snowden leaks. Elmar spoke at a meeting of the Study Group...Show More
2013/14 podcasts: Terror Attacks on Energy Infrastructure

18:09 | Nov 8th, 2013

The department’s European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS) organised a roundtable that discussed if terror attacks on energy infrastructure were a growing threat. One of the participants, Jennifer Giroux works with the Risk and Resili...Show More
2013/14 podcasts: Conventional Prompt Global Strike Programme

10:18 | Nov 1st, 2013

Conventional Prompt Global Strikes Programme Dr James Acton, former lecturer in the Department of War Studies, is now a senior associate in the Nuclear Policy Programme at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington DC. The Departme...Show More
2013/14 podcasts: Cyberwar and Peace

18:49 | Oct 25th, 2013

Dr Thomas Rid, Reader in the Department of War Studies, talks about his new Foreign Affairs article 'Cyberwar and Peace'. More about Dr Rid here. You can follow Dr Rid on twitter: @RidT Jayne Peake provides details of next week's events. Presen...Show More
2013/14 podcasts: Politics of Life and (In)visibility

12:11 | Oct 18th, 2013

Dr Leonie Ansems de Fries, new Lecturer in International Relations in the Department, talks about her research on the politics of life and also about her latest project 'The Politics of (In)visibility: Refugees in Malaysia'. Jayne Peake provides de...Show More
2013/14 podcasts: Transitional Justice in Sierra Leone and Peru

17:10 | Oct 11th, 2013

Transitional Justice in Sierra Leone and Peru Dr Rebekka Friedman, new Lecturer in International Peace and Security, discusses her research on transitional justice and peace-building in Sierra Leone and Peru. Jayne Peake provides details of next w...Show More
2013/14 podcasts: Countering Terrorism in Britain and France

17:36 | Oct 4th, 2013

Dr Frank Foley, new Lecturer in International Relations in the Department, talks about his book Countering Terrorism in Britain and France: Institutions, Norms and the Shadows of the Past (Cambridge University Press 2013). Jayne Peake provides deta...Show More
2013/14 podcasts: Theo Farrell - New Head of Dep

16:32 | Sep 25th, 2013

In the first podcast of the new academic year we talk to Professor Theo Farrell, the new Head of the Department of War Studies. Topics include research, teaching and what lies ahead for the department in the coming weeks, months and years. You can fo...Show More