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War Studies Podcast

The War Studies podcast brings you world-leading research from the School of Security Studies, the largest community of scholars in the world dedicated to the study of all aspects of security, defence and international relations.

We aim to explore the complex realm of conflict and uncover the challenges at the heart of navigating world affairs and diplomatic relations, because we believe the study of war is fundamental to understanding the world we live in and the world we want to live in.

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Dr Peter Busch, historian and expert in propaganda and strategic communication, discusses how the ‘Great War’, the first major TV documentary on the First World War, made TV history and transformed historical documentaries going forwards. He discusses how the BBC used innovative techniques, including eye-witness testimonies to represent the voices of ‘ordinary’ people, but also the extent to which televised or cinematic representations of war can blur fact and fiction.

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Dr Stacey Gutkowski, Senior Lecturer in Conflict Studies and Co-Director for the Centre for the Study of Divided Societies in War Studies, discusses about her new book – ‘Religion, War and Israel’s Secular Millennials: Being Reasonable?' Based on fieldwork, interviews and surveys conducted after the 2014 Gaza War, it offers a close reading of the lived experience and generational memory of Israeli secular millennials and a new explanation for why attitudes to Occupation have grown increasingly conservative over the past two decades.

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Dr Jamie Hagen, (Queen’s University Belfast), and Professor Saskia Stachowitsch (University of Vienna), join Dr Amanda Chisholm from our own School, to discuss the threats posed by private military and security companies, in particular to women and the LGBTQ community. And how Women, Peace and Security might be leveraged to highlight atrocities and bring justice to the communities affected by underhand and criminal actions carried out under their watch.

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Dr Philip Berry discusses his new book, which reveals the inside story on the mission launched by Tony Blair to destroy opium production at source. We explore why counter-narcotics became such a key foreign policy objective for Blair, his overconfidence in setting such unrealistic timelines, and why this whole episode caused considerable tension in UK-US relations, putting significant strain on the ‘special relationship’.

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We explore with Dr Aiko Holvikivi (LSE) and Dr Audrey Reeves (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University), how Women, Peace and Security (WPS) could be leveraged to address the plight of refugee women and girls at Europe’s borders. In the wake of Europe’s so-called refugee crisis, the whole notion of who is affected by conflict and insecurity, and where those people are, is increasingly under challenge. Overlooking women refugees reveals the ‘colonial underbelly’ of the WPS agenda, by identifying these women as worthy of international attention, protection and inclusion under the WPS agenda, we can unsettle the colonial thinking that still sticks to a range of WPS-inspired policies.

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Professor Mike Goodman, Head of the Department of War Studies, and expert in the history of intelligence joins us for the first episode in our new series. We discuss who were the individuals who turned traitor against their own country to spy for the other side during the Cold War, what impact they had on stopping the conflict from becoming 'hot' and the gizmos and gadgets they used that wouldn't look out of place in a James Bond film.

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