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Conflict, Security & Development Research Group


The CSD Research Group hosts a variety of seminars, talks and book-launches throughout the year. Video and podcast recordings of many of these events can be accessed below. 



  • 18 January 2016

Dealing with Painful History & Building Sustainable Peace in Northeast Asia - Professor Kevin Clements, University of Otago, New Zealand.
(post-talk interview)


  • 12-13 November 2015

International Aspects of Defence Policy in Brazil

Conference & speaker details

Day 1 - Keynote Address by His Excellency Celso Amorim, former Brazilian Minister of Foreign Relations (1993-1995 and 2003-2010) and Minister of Defence (2011-2014) - VIDEO



  • 12 November 2015

A Case of Old Wine in New Bottle? From Humanitarian Intervention to R2P - Ramesh Thakur, Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy, the Australian National University.

(post-talk interview)


  • 4 November 2015

The Iran Deal - A Brazilian Perspective - His Excellency Celso Amorim, former Brazilian Minister of Foreign Relations (1993-1995 and 2003-2010) and Minister of Defence (2011-2014).


  • 12 October 2015

Sustaining Peace - What does it take? Learning Lessons from UN Peace Operations - Hilde F. Johnson, Norwegian Institute for International Affairs.

Protection of Civilians - Rhetoric or Reality? UN Peaces Operations and the Case of South Sudan - Hilde F. Johnson, Norwegian Institute for International Affairs.


  • 5 October 2015

Ukraine: A Year of Monitoring War in the East - Dr Samir Puri, CSD Research Group, King's College London.


  • 25 September 2015

From Isolated Sect to Regional Security Challenge - Virginia Comolli, International Institute for Strategic Studies.


  • 24 March 2015

Regulating Business for Peace - Dr Jo Ford, University of Oxford.


  • 12-13 March 2015

Post-2015 Development Challenges in Conflict Zones - CSD annual student-led conference. For full details of each panel and speaker profiles, please visit the conference website.

Opening Session: Resetting the Clock - Moving forward from the Millennium Development Goals towards a Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Opening Keynote Address

PANEL 1. Health Under Fire: The difficulties of building health care in conflict zones

PANEL 2. The Foundation of Development: Implementing education in areas of armed conflict

PANEL 3.  Blue Gold: Impending threats to water security and development


PANEL 4.  A Complex Partnership: The role of the security sector in delivering humanitarian aid


Closing Keynote Address


  • 10 March 2015

Why Corruption Threatens Global Security - Sarah Chayes, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.


  • 9 February 2015

Responsibility to protect: Old wine in new bottles? - Richard Caplan, Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford.


  • 3 February 2015

Boko Haram: From War to Political Violence: Complex Processes and difficult Comparisons - Professor Keith Krause, Graduate Institute, Geneva.


  • 19 January 2015

Fragile alliances among Colombian Violent Non-state Actors - Dr Annette Idler, Oxford University.


  • 17 November 2014

The Ebola epidemic: Changing the Civil-military Cooperation Paradigm in Global Health - Professor Richard Sullivan, Institute of Cancer Policy (KCL)


  • 10 November 2014

Bosnia 20 years on: Prospects for Peace - Vahidin Omanovic, Center for Peace-building in Bosnia. 


Blinded by Humanity: Inside the UN's Humanitarian Operations - Martin Barber, OBE.


  • 3 November 2014

Why Some International Missions are Doomed to Keep Making the Same Mistakes - Iain King, CBE, DFID.


  • 31 October 2014

Insight: The Ebola Crisis - Dr Kieran Mitton, Lecturer in International Relations, War Studies.


  • 20 October 2014
Community-Based Approaches to Transitional Justice & Peace-building in Africa’s Great Lakes - Dr Phil Clark, SOAS.


Recent Videos:

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20 October 2015

Professor Mats Berdal on the UN Peacekeeping Summit

8 September 2015

Dr Kieran Mitton on his new book 'Rebels in a Rotten State: Understanding Atrocity in the Sierra Leonean Civil War'




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