NASP International Workshop on Conflicts&Institutions

Venus in Arms is really pleased to announce the second edition of the “International Workshop on Conflicts&Institutions“. The workshop will be held in Genoa (21 June 2017)

The University of Genoa organized last year the conference “Conflicts & Institutions: Research, Projects and Workshops” (Genoa, 16-17 June 2016).

Here you can find all the info on the workshop.

As stressed in the website:

In continuity with that event, and within the NASP framework, we have invited leading scholars in conflicts studies, democratization, peacebuilding and international security. The main goal is still to specify the links and the connections between the ongoing crisis and the current conflicts to examine the relation between institutions and conflicts. At the same time, the Project “Conflicts & Institutions” aims at creating a network of scholars able to elaborate common research projects and proposals.
The current project has been designed and coordinated by Giampiero Cama (University of Genoa), Andrea Ruggeri (University of Oxford) and Fabrizio Coticchia (University of Genoa).

Within the one-day event of lectures and seminars there will be a workshop specifically devoted to young researchers of the NASP Young Investigator Training Program in Political Studies, supported by ACRI.

Program (preliminary timetable)*

21 June 2017 (Aula Mazzini, via Balbi 5, University of Genoa)

09.30 Workshop Registration
10.00 Workshop – Welcome address
10.30-11.30 Key-note speech (I) The Transformation of Civil WarsStathis Kalyvas (Yale University)
11.30-12.00 Coffee Break
12.00-13.00 Key-note speech (II) Accountability Avoidance and State ViolenceSabine Carey (University of Mannheim)

13.30-15.00 Lunch Buffet

15.00-17.00 Research Seminar on Conflicts&Institutions – NASP Young Investigator Training Program in Political Studies
Chairs and discussants
Giampiero Cama (University of Genoa)
Sabine Carey (University of Mannheim)
Stefano Costalli (University of Florence)
Fabrizio Coticchia (University of Genoa)
Chiara Ruffa (Swedish National Defense College)
Stathis Kalyvas (Yale University)
Francesco N. Moro (University of Bologna)
Andrea Ruggeri (Oxford University)
Other speakers TBC

17.00 Coffee Break – End of Workshop

* The final program will be available soon.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: “Collective violence in intra-state conflicts. From historical cases to ISIS” (SISP 2016)

We invite you to submit paper proposals at the panel organized by (our) Francesco Moro (with Stefano Costalli) at the next SISP Conference, which will be held in Milan (September 15-17 2016). The panel focuses on collective violence in intra-state conflicts.

Here all the info on the Sisp annual convention.

Here more info on the panel, which is within the IR section.

Here below the abstract of the panel:

After the end of the Cold War, intra-state conflicts attracted increasing attention both from policy-makers and scholars, due to their overall numbers, lethality, and for their consequences on regional, and sometimes global, orders. The growing literature on civil wars, and more broadly on collective violence (including terrorism and large-scale violence perpetrated by “criminal” groups such as drug trafficking organizations), provided in the last two decades important insights on the causes, the dynamics – and increasingly in recent years – on the social, economic and political consequences of conflicts. This panel will focus on violence in intra-state conflicts (as well as “transnational civil wars”). In order to do so, it welcomes both theoretical and empirical contributions, ideally gathering proposals that adopt diverse research strategies and research methods, and look at different levels of analysis. The topics include, although they are not limited to, the following:
a) studies on the relation between the evolution of the international system and the proliferation of domestic conflict;
b) papers on the “micro”-level dynamics of violence, such as the strategic use of violence (selective and discriminate) by armed groups;
c) research on spatial and temporal variation of political conflict and violence;
d) studies on the organizational set-up of insurgent organizations, terrorist groups, armed militias;
e) papers on “wartime political orders” and “rebel governance”;
f) insurgent groups’ decision to use terrorist tactics both in civil wars and abroad.

Submission deadline: 5th June 2016.

See you in Milan.




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“Conflicts & Institutions: Research, Projects and Workshops”

We have already talked about the workshop: “Conflicts & Institutions: Research, Projects and Workshops” (here the previous post).It is a two-day academic event aims at enhancing the scientific cooperation amongst Italian and European scholars working on Conflict/Peace studies. The workshop will we be held at the University of Genova (16-17 June 2016).

Here you’ll find the Call for papers (the deadline is May 10th!!).

Here below the (exiting) agenda of the workshop.


15 June 2016 – University of Genova – Department of Political Science (Albergo dei Poveri, Piazza Brignole 2)

Welcoming of participants
19.00 Dinner

Thursday 16 June 2016 – University of Genova – Department of Political Science (Aula Mazzini, Via Balbi 5, 3rd floor)

09.00 Workshop Registration
09.30 Workshop – Welcome address
Seminar I
10.00-11.00 “The future of large-scale violent politics” H. Hegre (Uppsala)
Coffee Break
Workshop PhD, research Fellows, and Post-docs
Chair/Discussant: K. Bakke (UCL); U. Daxaecker (Amsterdam); H. Dorussen (Essex)
Paper: Phd candidates, research Fellows, and Post-docs
13-30-15 Lunch Buffet (via Balbi 5, 3rd floor)
Seminar II
15-16 “Powersharing: Myth or Solution?” L-E Cederman (ETH) (to be confirmed)
Coffee Break
Research Workshop I
16.15- 17.15 Research projects and future collaboration
19.30-20-30 Open Seminar “Guerre Civili: Cosa (non) sappiamo” A. Ruggeri (Oxford)
20.30 Dinner

Friday 17 June 2016 – University of Genova – Department of Political Science (Aula Mazzini, Via Balbi 5, 3rd floor)

Research Workshop II
Chair: M.Evangelista (Cornell); A. Colombo (Milano) G. Cama (Genova)
Discussant: F.N. Moro (Bicocca) S. Costalli (Essex); G. Clayton (Kent)
08.30-10.00 – H. Dorussen (Essex); G. Cama and F. Coticchia (Genova); Sara Polo (Rice)
Coffee Break
10.15-11.45 – H. Hegre (Uppsala); Daxecker (UvA); R. Caruso (Milano, Cattolica);
11.45-13.15L-E Cederman (ETH) (to be confirmed), K. Bakke (UCL); G. Clayton (Kent)
13.15 Lunch
End of Workshop
*The schedule may be subject to change


Here you’ll find additional info on the event. See you there!!


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Top 5 by Venus in Arms – week 37

Happy new year from Venus in Arms! Whatever this year will bring, US defence and foreign policy decision will keep being decisive in shaping the world to come. This long essay of James Fallows discusses the “tragedy of the American military” as the outcome of a long-term process of separation of the armed forces from American society that led to the paradoxical outcome of making war less relevant for Americans, and at the same time more likely.

How’s the new US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter going to manage the defense apparatus in such critical times? Well, he might follow what Joshua Jones calls the Rolling Stones’ rule of leadership: “you can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find you get what you need.” That is: refine priorities, create better communications between civilian leaders and uniformed men in the Pentagon, build long-term relations with Allies and friends, improve the procurement process. Not easy tasks…

Where will conflicts be in 2015? French strategist Jean-Marie Guéhenno selects ten hot spots where violence might persist or rise this year. Apart from the usual suspects (Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya), he’s pessimist about chances of peace in Africa (from DRC to Nigeria) and perhaps in Latin America too (oil prices might deeply affect Venezuela’s political stability).

On the brighter side, Steven Pinker and Andrew Mack on Slate argue that the world is not falling apart. While news always (inevitably) focus on what happens, and thus conflict and violence seem ubiquitous, numbers would show that violence – from homicides to mass killings – are on decline. At least in the “long run”.

If you still have time (a lot, in fact), the NSA released at the end of last year internal reports on activities documenting abuses as well. You can start from here.


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Global Nuclear Governance: Actors, Policies and Issues

Venus in Arms is pleased to announce a very important event that will take place in Andalo, January 10-15, 2015: the XXVIII ISODARCO Winter Course.

Here you’ll find all the info related to the course.

ISODARCO is an International School on Disarmament and Research on Conflicts. ISODARCO is an NGO founded in 1966 by two Italian physics professors, Edoardo Amaldi and Carlo Schaerf, that offers a unique international forum on security problems throughout the world. ISODARCO’s purpose is to bring together those with a great variety of experiences and approaches relating to security problems. Their discussions focus on commissioned expert papers.

Here you’ll find recent ISODARCO publications.

This year the topic is:  Global Nuclear Governance: Actors, Policies and Issues

Here below a brief description of the event:

Contrary to ill-founded expectations, the end of Cold War did not eliminate the threat of nuclear weapons. Although we have likely escaped the danger of a nuclear Armageddon, the presence and proliferation of nuclear weapons continue to pose a serious threat to today’s global security and the risk of their deliberate or accidental use due to human or technical failure is high. The concept of global nuclear governance describes the complex, multi-level web of actors, rules, treaties, informal arrangements, initiatives and networks that together form the regime that the international community has over the years set up to deal with the management and regulation of nuclear weapons, their sensitive technologies and delivery means. The fundamental goal of the system of global nuclear governance is to combat the proliferation of nuclear weapons, thereby assuring the safety and security of nuclear material,while also delegitimizing the weapons’ value and helping create the conditions for sustained progress toward disarmament. The 2015 Isodarco Winter School will address and deepen our understanding of the main elements of the nuclear governance system, review their functions, highlight strengths and limitations, and propose possible remedies to enhance their effectiveness.The program is divided into three main thematic sections, each of them sub-divided in several presentations: 1) Actors and policies: it will deal with the main actors (organizations, NGO, informal groupings, etc.) comprising the system, including IAEA, CTBTO, UN-ODA, European Union, Humanitarian Initiative, NATO, Arab League, Global Zero movement; 2) Treaties and initiatives: it will consider the key formal treaties and informal arrangements that regulate relations and behaviors in the global governance system, including the NPT, the regime to control missile proliferation (MTCR), ban nuclear testing (CTBT), stop the production of fissile material (FMCT), regulate the export of sensitive technologies and goods (Nuclear Suppliers Group) and prevent non-state actor proliferation (Resolution 1540); 3) Issues: the course will address some of the main outstanding issues that will be likely to characterize the 2015 NPT Review Conference, including nuclear arms reductions,eliminating tactical nuclear weapons, US/Russia relations, IAEA safeguards, the establishment of a WMD Free-zone in the Middle East, humanitarian approaches to nuclear disarmament, the Iranian interim deal and its comprehensive solution, negative security assurances, and nuclear safety and security.

Here the list of main lectures. The Director of the School is Carlo Schaerf (Physics Department, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Rome, Italy). The Directors of the Course are Paolo Foradori (School of International Studies, University of Trento, Italy) and Tariq Rauf (SIPRI – Stockholm International Peace Research Institute)

See you in Andalo!

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