EU-Japan Security Cooperation: Challenges and Opportunities
Professor Emil Kirchner and
Professor Han Dorussen are leading on this project which will examine whether the
EU is able to cooperate with Japan on a number of security areas and explore why
cooperation may exist in some security sectors (e.g. non-nuclear proliferation and
cyber security) and not in others (e.g. regional security and climate change).
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EU-Japan Security Cooperation: Challenges and Opportunities.
Conflict, Strategies, and Violence: An Actor-based Approach to Violent and
Professor Kristian Skrede Gleditsch
is leading on this project which will examine conflict in terms of
incompatibilities between actors, where the specific structure of the
incompatibilities and the strategies and interactions determine whether we see
escalation to violence as well as alternative outcomes such as accommodation or
regime change. It will extend his prior research on civil war and focus more
clearly on actor motivations, alternative outcomes to conventional civil war,
and take seriously non-violent strategies in conflict and protest.
Whereas previous research has tended to study violent and non-violent
conflict as separate phenomena, this project will focus on violent and
non-violent actions as possible substitutes and compliment and explain variation
across a range of alternative outcomes, as illustrated in the so-called Arab
spring, where we see both non-violent protest and violent insurgencies, as well
as state responses ranging from violent repression to accommodation.
Security Reform and Human Security
Professor Han Dorussen is
principal investigator on a grant of the British Academy / Leverhulme Trust on
security sector reform and human security in Timor Leste. Additional funding was
provided by the Kikawada Foundation.
The one-year project examines how security sector reform implemented by the
United Nations as part of its peacekeeping mission has addressed local conflict
dynamics. What, if any, has been the impact of UN peacekeeping at the local
level? As part of the project, Han Dorussen conducted field experiments in Timor
Leste in October 2013 to survey the perceptions of Timorese citizens of their
safety and security after the departure of UN peacekeepers who had left in
Public Responses to Identity Management, Practices and Technologies
Professor Aletta Norval is lead
investigator on an interdisciplinary project investigating the controversy
around identity cards, the use of biometrics for identification, issues of
personal privacy and data protection, and what the future holds for identity
The £1.36m IMPRINTS project, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences
Research Council (EPSRC), focuses on why people accept some new technologies but
not others. The project has been hailed as a 'big idea of the future' by RCUK.
EU-China Security Cooperation
Professor Emil Kirchner and
Professor Han Dorussen led an interdisciplinary Jean Monnet research group,
EU-China Security Cooperation: performance and prospects, seeking to examine
a range of key issues in the field of security policy with a view to influencing
academic debate, informing policy making both in the EU and in China, and
increasing public awareness.