Please click here to see the full programme for the day


Alumni are invited to join the Department of Politics and International Relations for a one-day conference, ‘International Security: Scholarship and Practice’, on Saturday, 28 November.

Learn how Oxford scholars are addressing some of the pressing security concerns of the day – from cybersecurity and violent extremism to the resurgence of authoritarianism and the ethics of armed conflict – and how they are interacting with practitioners in ways that contribute to real change.

We are pleased to welcome all Oxford University alumni to this event.


The programme for the day will include:

Panel discussion: ‘The relationship between scholarship and practice’

During the Cold War period, International Security was dominated by great power politics. Today, the range of security threats which confront governments, businesses and even individual citizens require a far greater range of expertise and a broader outlook.

This panel will bring together DPIR scholars who are at the forefront of  attempts to understand and address these threats. They will discuss their research and its implications for public policy, and share their experiences of working with policy-makers.

To include:
Dr Annette Idler (Director of Studies at the Changing Character of War Programme)
Dr Lucas Kello (Director of the Cyber Studies Programme)
Professor Neil MacFarlane (Lester B Pearson Professor of International Relations)

Chair: Professor Richard Caplan

The inaugural DPIR ‘In conversation’: Gideon Rachman and Mark Damazar

In this wide-ranging conversation, Mark Damazer (former controller of BBC Radio 4 and Radio 7, and Master of St Peter’s College) and Gideon Rachman (chief foreign affairs columnist at the Financial Times), will discuss current international security issues of the day and reflect on the relationship between academic scholarship and the practice of journalism.

This event will mark the beginning of an annual series in which the Department of Politics and International Relations hosts a public conversation between leading thinkers on some of the critical issues of the day.

Professor Sir Adam Roberts on “Scholarship and Government”

Is freedom of expression at risk of being undermined by the security concerns and agendas of governments? Do the interests of governments affect the ability of scholars to address the controversial security issues of today? And does it matter?

Professor Roberts’ expertise ranges from the study of international organisations, and international law to the role of civil resistance against authoritarian regimes and foreign rule. He has advised governments on global security, the treatment of detainees in military custody, and training programmes for the British Army. In this lecture he will reflect on the challenges facing researchers, from the influence of political considerations on research agendas, to the potential effect of the UK government’s anti-extremism measures. How can we ensure genuine and open collaboration between researchers and practitioners?

The after-dinner speaker will be Lord Hannay of Chiswick, to be welcomed by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Professor Andrew Hamilton

Lord Hannay will address the themes discussed through the day, drawing on his considerable personal experience. He joined the UK Diplomatic Service in 1959, and between 1990 and 1995 he was Permanent Representative of the UK to the United Nations and, in 2004, served on the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change.

In 2001 he was created a life peer and in 2003 he was made a Companion of Honour. He co-chairs the parliamentary group on global security and non-proliferation and is also a member of the Top Level Group of UK Parliamentarians for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation.


Please click here to see the full programme for the day

(Image credit: Flickr / U.S. Department of State)

2015-11-28 10:30:00
Alumni - DPIR

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Charlie Game
2015-11-28 18:30:00
'International Security: Scholarship and Practice' - Annual Alumni Event