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CSSS Seminar: The Past and Future of Tear Gas: The Himsworth Committee and 'Weapons as Drugs'

CSSS Seminar: The Past and Future of Tear Gas:  The Himsworth Committee and 'Weapons as Drugs'
Date
20 February 2018 (12:30-13:30)
Location
War Studies Meeting Room (K6.07)
Description
This paper analyses the work of the Himsworth Committee, established initially to look into the safety of CS tear gas shortly after its use in Northern Ireland in 1969.

The Belt and Road Initiative and Chinese Grand Strategy

The Belt and Road Initiative and Chinese Grand Strategy
Date
20 February 2018 (18:30-20:00)
Location
War Studies meeting room (K6.07)
Description
The Centre for Grand Strategy will host a debate on whether the Belt and Road Initiative constitutes a Chinese grand strategy

Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy

Date
21 February 2018 (16:30-17:30)
Location
K0.18 King's building Strand campus
Description
In 2016, the Japanese government articulated its Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy. This vision has been regarded by international observers as an alternative to the Chinese-sponsored Belt and Road Initiative. What are its components? What is the maritime contribution to this vision? Admiral Takei - retired Chief of Maritime Staff and author of strategic documents that have defined the country's naval behaviour over the past decades explains its meaning from a Japanese naval perspective.

Book Launch - War and the Politics of ethics

Book Launch - War and the Politics of ethics
Date
21 February 2018 (18:00-19:30)
Location
King's College London, Strand WC2R 2LS, The Pyramid Room (K4U.04)
Description
How has the West responded to the paradox of war endangering and killing those it proposes to protect? How has a commitment to ethics historically shaped the practice of war? Has it constrained it or, on the contrary, enabled and enhanced practices of warfare?

Unchaining Prometheus: Preserving and Strengthening the Post-War Global Political, Economic and Security Order

Unchaining Prometheus: Preserving and Strengthening the Post-War Global Political, Economic and Security Order
Date
22 February 2018 (18:00-19:30)
Location
War Studies Meeting Room (K6.07)
Description
In 2018 how do we preserve post war global institutions such as the UN, the IMF and NATO in these times of great instabilities? Professor Adrian Kendry provides an insightful assessment.

Information war and identity-politics in Estonia and Latvia

Information war and identity-politics in Estonia and Latvia
Date
26 February 2018 (17:30-18:45)
Location
War Studies Meeting Room (K6.07)
Description
How does the management of ethnic relations in two Western Balkan states compare with similar attempts in two Baltic states? What role does the pro-Kremlin media play? Vassilis Petsinis provides in depth analysis.

Helen Fry and 'The London Cage' Book Discussion (2nd World War Research Group)

Helen Fry and 'The London Cage' Book Discussion (2nd World War Research Group)
Date
28 February 2018 (17:00-19:30)
Location
8th Floor Open Space, History Department Open Space, Strand Campus
Description
In conjunction with the 2nd World War Research Group and The Sir Michael Howard Centre, The historian Helen Fry will be discussing her exciting new book The London Cage: The Secret History of Britain's World War II Interrogation Centre (Yale University Press, 2017)

War Studies Masterclass on Strategic Communications

War Studies Masterclass on Strategic Communications
Date
28 February 2018 (18:30-20:00)
Location
Safra Lecture Theatre
Description
Deborah Haynes, Defence Editor of The Times, and Lieutenant Commander James Gater will be speaking on the strategic importance of communication.

The Curious Case of the 'Steam Yacht' Caroline: An Incident from the Russo-Japanese War in 1904

The Curious Case of the 'Steam Yacht' Caroline:  An Incident from the Russo-Japanese War in 1904
Date
1 March 2018 (17:15-19:00)
Location
War Studies meeting room (K6.07)
Description
1903 - a steam ship commission, a Paris-based Irish businessman and sea escape across international waters to Russia. How did the steam yacht "Caroline" built in Yarrow become a bit player in the Russo-Japanese War?

Book launch - : The Origins of International Counterterrorism

Book launch - : The Origins of International Counterterrorism
Date
8 March 2018 (18:30-20:00)
Location
War Studies Meeting Room (K6.07)
Description
What were some of the counter terrorism measures being taken in the 1970s? What was Switzerland's role in shaping international counter terrorism collaboration? Dr Aviva Guttman's research provides a new insight into the Global Cold War, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the role of neutrals in this context.
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