Professor Ash Rossiter (Khalifa University, UAE) speaks about military innovation

In early December, the ISWS organised a workshop on military innovation, kicking off a longer project to re-energize this important debate. Next on the agenda is a talk by Professor Ash Rossiter (Khalifa University, UAE), who will be speaking about the (over)promise of emerging military technology. All are welcome! Location is St Mary’s College, Lecture Room 2. Stay tuned!

TRINITY crisis simulation

Last Friday, we held our first event as a society, hosting a war simulation. Set in South-East Asia, the scenario opened with a typhoon tearing across the Spratly Islands near the Philippines, with the playing countries left to react to the situation. The teams involved included China, the USA, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and ASEAN. Set over the course of six days in the game world, the players were given 2 hours to envoke diplomacy, and make critical decisions regarding military and aid. It is fair to say that the results were unprecedented; by the end of the game, the USA had detonated a nuclear bomb over Hainan island with subsequent pandemonium ensuing.

Despite the outcome, it was a fantastic event followed by a drinks reception. The Trinity committee were delighted to meet many students from across the schools of International Relations, History and Philosophy and look forward to our next event!

 

Huw Bennett illuminates the causes and consequences of British Army conduct in Northern Ireland

On 29 Nov, Dr. Huw Bennett from Cardiff University will come to speak about the perverse logic at the foundation of the strategy of the British Army in Northern Ireland, from 1969 to 1975. With the aim of avoiding civil war, the British Army applied rather violent tactics to prevent escalation between both violent and non-violent factions among the Northern Irish population. This soon proved to be escalatory in itself. Find out more information here.

TRINITY Launch Event

Trinity is launching! Are you interested in war and strategy? The ISWS Student Society invites all students, both undergraduates and postgraduates (taught and research) to come to our launch event. On Nov 23, we will tell you all about the society, what it has to offer to you and how you can get involved. There are lots of opportunities to help us out organising events, seminars, podcasts… you name it!

At the launch event, you’ll be engaged in a war scenario to act out. Can you take the right decisions to prevent escalation, but secure your country’s interests? Once we’ve settled everything peacefully (or sooner, if we run out of time), there’ll be a drinks reception to continue chatting. We cannot wait to see you there!

Find more information here, and rsvp to avdm@st-andrews.ac.uk

John Anderson discusses the musical representation of the American Civil War

On November 12th, Professor John Anderson presents his research on the relationship between music and the politics of the American Civil War. Dixie and John Brown were popular songs that were politicized by the two parties to the conflict and as such represent the ideologies and identities clashing in the war. The representation of the war in these and other songs will be the main focus of the afternoon. Find out more information here.

Professor Pascal Vennesson speaks at book launch ‘On Small War’, by professor Sibylle Scheipers

On October 8th, professor Pascal Vennesson from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at Nanyang Technological University will speak at the first seminar in this year’s series. The seminar is held for the occassion of the book launch of professor Sibylle Scheipers’ new book: ‘On Small War’. This study concerns Clausewitz’s engagement with the study of small war as a central feature in the development of ‘On War’.

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