The Centre for international intervention runs a regular series of Research Seminars and Public Lectures. Details of which can be found in our Events Calendar, alongside information on other cii involvement in Conferences and external events.
Wednesday 26 October 2011
Dr David Langley
David Langley, a medical scientist with a background in clinical laboratories and teaching took a research post with the Ministry of Defence in the late ‘80s. After a spell ‘at the bench’, he worked in operational analysis, intelligence assessment and, after 9/11, the protection of critical infrastructure, focussing on weapons of mass destruction and working closely with colleagues across government. Since retirement in 2006, he has combined consultancy with research and teaching in Cambridge.
Drawing on this experience, he will discuss the challenges faced by scholars of the 'secret world’, especially the sources available to them and the impact of their backgrounds and research methods on their work. Exploring the impact of ’9/11’ he will also reflect on the questions raised by advocates of Critical Terrorism Studies.
Wednesday 9 November 2011
Professor Jason Ralph, University of Leeds
This paper introduces the early findings of a British Academy mid-career fellowship project. Its starting point is Tony Blair's assumption that regime change by military force was an 'obvious' policy for the Labour Party to adopt. It describes how, during the lead up to war in Iraq, Blair tried to square what he saw as 'doing the right thing' (i.e. supporting the American invasion) with his concept of 'international community'and his party's longstanding commitment to the United Nations. Ultimately, Blair's strategy was reduced to attacks on the procedures that constitute what it means to act on behalf of the international community. This served only to strengthen the accusation that his brand of centre-left foreign policy was imperialistic. The coalition government's response to the Arab spring, in particular its intervention in the Libyan conflict, was very much influenced by a desire not to repeat Blair's mistakes. Yet despite this, centre-left opinion remains divided on the legitimacy of the Libyan operation and liberal interventionism more generally. The paper critically engages that opinion in an attempt to help liberal governments navigate the most reasonable course.
Wednesday 1 February 2012
Thursday 8 March 2012
On International Women's Day, Professor Marie Breen-Smyth will give her inaugural lecture at the University of Surrey entitled When the Past is Present: the Casualty, the Body and Politics. Lord Alderdice FRCPsych will act as an introductory speaker for the lecture which forms part of Politics Month.
Wednesday 21 March 2012
Wednesday 2 May 2012
This seminar has been cancelled.
Tuesday 4 December 2012
Wednesday 6 March 2013
Tuesday 26 March 2013
At this discussion event, to mark the launch of a new Whitehall Report, 'Hitting the Target?', a panel of experts will debate the practice of intervention in the context of emerging unmanned intelligence and precision-strike capabilities. What - if anything - has changed, and what does this mean for the West?
This report, incorporating papers following from the July 2012 workshop 'Hitting the Target?', is produced in collaboration with the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).
For more information about the event and registration, please visit RUSI event page
Wednesday 22 May 2013
What’s so bad about Killer Robots?
Ethical and legal challenges in the development of autonomous weapons systems