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Global Power


Open, informed debate.

Universities fulfill a dual function. They aren’t just places where students learn. They’re also places where academics undertake research that has a positive impact on society. 

And it’s not just students who universities educate. They also inform the government and the public, so we can debate fundamental, important issues that affect us all.

The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at King’s College London is at the forefront of informing global debates and influencing UK government policy. 

Housed within the Department of War Studies at King’s, the centre aims to educate and engage students, governments and the public in relation to: 

  • diplomacy and strategy
  • public administration and policy
  • security and counter-terrorism
  • international conflict resolution

At the moment, we’re in the midst of a research project investigating the consequences of the war in Syria. Work we’ve carried out has resulted in an investigation, to be undertaken by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, into British nationals who have joined jihadist groups in Syria. 

In April 2014, we were the first research group to publish an estimate on the number of European fighters in Syria. Most recently, we’ve published an assessment of British foreign fighters in the country.

The centre encourages lively dialogue and brings together internationally-renowned experts in this field with who are able to implement and influence change. At the launch of the centre in 2008, for instance, over 400 people from 20 countries attended, including senior policymakers and former leaders of radical organisations. 

Since then, we have facilitated numerous seminars and workshops, while also supporting international forums and conferences with our expertise and input.

There are many ways of influencing policy and having a positive impact upon world affairs. At the ICSR, we undertake vital research that informs global debate. We’re also playing a role in facilitating the peace process in the Middle East by bringing together people from both sides of the conflict to share experiences and knowledge on neutral territory. 

King’s has an unparalleled reputation worldwide in the field of war studies. To continue our efforts to bring about lasting peace and reduce further global conflict, we need your help. Please donate today.  

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How can the world govern cyberspace?

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