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The Pacifist’s Play-through: can we transform video game conflict?

The Pacifist’s Play-through: can we transform video game conflict?

Tue 3, Oct 2017

In this blog post, PaCCS' new Research Associate, Benjamin Bowman, explores the relationship between violent games and the way we perceive conflict in our everyday lives. As children, how we play in the playground. As young adults, how we think about the military, especially at recruiting tables. And so on.

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About the Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC)

About the Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC)

Wed 31, May 2017

In this blog post, Neil Hipps overviews what the Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC) is about and how it aims to connect with the research community. JSaRC is a partnership jointly funded by the security industry and the Home Office to act as an interface between the sector (industry and academic) and the complex security machinery of government.

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Witchcraft and Conflict: Exploring alternative discourses of insecurity – Introducing a new research project

Witchcraft and Conflict: Exploring alternative discourses of insecurity – Introducing a new research project

Thu 22, Dec 2016

The project, funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, brings together a political scientist (Dr Fisher) and an historian (Dr Leonardi) to address some of the gaps in existing scholarship and to open up new conceptual space for exploring the to explore the dynamic interactions between in/security and witchcraft – both of which, to some degree, draw from constructions of trust and suspicion related to ideas of “insiders”, “outsiders”, “internal” and “external”.

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Brexit and Security

Brexit and Security

Tue 6, Dec 2016

Brexit, we’re told, means Brexit. But of course Brexit could mean a variety of things. Amidst the uncertainty, one thing is clear. To date, the debate has focused on the economics. Security issues, in contrast, are rarely mentioned.

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Buddhist Violence Against Muslims

Buddhist Violence Against Muslims

Thu 24, Nov 2016

This Blog post unveils how our preconceptions, both of Buddhists and Muslims, are inverted in several Buddhist countries.Many inter-religious tensions have flashed into life in Myanmar and Sri Lanka; It is not just a populist anti-Muslim sentiment, but mob violence perpetrated on Muslim minorities by a Buddhist majority in Myanmar, which has not only been supported by Buddhist monks but even instigated by them.

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Sounds Secure: Analysing the effects of sound in conflict as resistance, resilience and reconciliation

Sounds Secure: Analysing the effects of sound in conflict as resistance, resilience and reconciliation

Fri 30, Sep 2016

This research brings the role of sound centre stage in a variety of forms, and seeks to understand how it generates dynamics of resistance, resilience, revitalisation and reconciliation across distinct protracted conflict and post-conflict settings.

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PaCCS’s “Brilliant Club” Day

PaCCS’s “Brilliant Club” Day

Wed 28, Sep 2016

There have been many fulfilling moments in my time as PaCCS’s External Champion, but there was something very special about our recent 6th Form Workshop on “Religion and Conflict”. With the help of PaCCS Leadership Fellows and other luminaries, this event has contributed to changing the lives of over 50 schoolchildren for the better.

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Talking Politics Online: Why Not Everything Should Be Connected

Talking Politics Online: Why Not Everything Should Be Connected

Thu 22, Sep 2016

The question of how people talk about politics online is important. Nowadays, many people read and discuss the news online and they increasingly do so through social media platforms. A lot of attention has been paid to fears that this will create ‘filter bubbles’. But beyond just exposure to information, we also need to consider how, where and with whom, people discuss it.

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Local Communities Experiences of Displacement from Syria: Views from Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey

Local Communities Experiences of Displacement from Syria: Views from Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey

Tue 13, Sep 2016

Our PaCCS project aims to improve our understanding of the challenges and opportunities that arise in local responses to displacement, both for refugees from Syria and for the members of the communities that are hosting them in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.

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Mind the Gap: Understanding Cyber Security Risks as Business Risks

Mind the Gap: Understanding Cyber Security Risks as Business Risks

Fri 12, Aug 2016

Cyber security is now a pervasive requirement, one that we cannot and must not ignore.

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