The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) was established at the University of Birmingham in February 2012. Its key purpose is to promote a multidisciplinary approach to the security challenges that arise from global interconnectedness. These security challenges pose theoretical and practical questions relating to the possibilities of reducing the risks of violent conflict, as well as developing cooperation and trust, both regionally and globally.
The ICCS aims to produce cutting-edge, internationally renowned research, which has a significant impact on the key practitioner communities with which it engages. The Institute also offers advanced postgraduate training through its newly inaugurated Master’s degree in Global Cooperation and Security. This research-led teaching is supported by a number of research projects that explore the possibilities for promoting sustainable security both within and between communities at the local, national, and global levels.
The Institute shares the wider University‘s tradition of pushing the frontiers of understanding, by asking the big research questions of the day. There are none bigger here than the question of how humanity can learn to better cooperate in order to manage global security challenges such as - nuclear weapons and climate change - as well as the challenge of overcoming intractable conflicts at both the inter-state and intrastate level. The Institute combines a series of existing strengths within Birmingham and beyond in the field of International Relations, and its related subfields of Security Studies and Strategic Studies, as well as War Studies, Development, Law and Ethics.