On the usefulness of foresight analysis in international relations
19 April 2021 02.00-03.30pm CEST - Zoom. The seminar provided insights as to what foresight analysis (and especially scenario analysis) is and what added value it could possibly bring to the IR discipline against the background of IR's traditional methods. The seminar contextualized foresight and stimulate broader reflection on how IR scholars could fruitfully approach change and uncertainty.
Panel discussion on Drones and Military Automation
On October 28th we were hosting a small panel on military automation and drones, featuring our colleagues Ingvild Bode and James Rogers. They were interviewed by Amelie Theussen. Ingvild Bode is a researcher in weapon automation. She discussed why states that develop military use of automation consider their use appropriate, and why we need to be careful when thinking about what tasks to delegate to artificial intelligence. James Rogers is a researcher in the use of drones in war. He talked about how companies can use drones to create completely new forms of commercial, logistical and transport infrastructure, as well as the weak points in the system that risk undermining the benefits of drone age.
CWS Annual Conference 2020: What is a battlefield, who is a fighter?
This conference considers contemporary challenges in the changing face of war centered around two themes: what is a battlefield, and who is a fighter. In both fields, recent experience shows that traditional baselines have been shifted importantly; are our policies, definitions, and institutions keeping up? Where, and at whom and at what, should we be looking to understand today’s wars, and tomorrow’s? To consider these questions animatedly, we are engaging the interdisciplinary expertise of SDU’s Center for War Studies and its friends to discuss, over 1.5 days, how war is altering our understanding of what battlefields and fighters consist of, and what this means for the tools we currently apply.
Book launch: Danita Burke - Diplomacy and the Arctic Council
CWS had the pleasure to host our own Danita Burke for the launch of her book "Diplomacy and the Arctic Council" (McGill-Queens University Press) on 9. March 2020. In her book, Danita argues that the Arctic Council is a club: a group of states that mutually benefit from voluntary collaboration and that use the forum as a vessel to help define and guide the parameters of their cooperation. How the club members identify and address challenges reflects power relations among them, which vary depending on the topic under discussion or debate. Providing insight into the daily practices of the Arctic Council and the relative status of its member states, Burke seeks to understand why major international events, such as the 2014 Russian-Ukrainian conflict over the Crimea region, do not deter the Arctic countries from cooperating.
Transatlantic Security Futures: NATO, illiberalism & Trump
One of the main themes of the 2020 Munich Security Conference is the phenomenon “Westlessness” - a widespread feeling of uneasiness and restlessness in the face of increasing uncertainty about the enduring purpose of the West and growing disagreements about what it even means to be part of the West. What kind of transatlantic relationship can we expect if illiberal forms of politics continue to grow within the West? Will NATO as a community of values be able to adapt and survive and what challenges will the transatlantic relationship face in the new political environment? These pertinent questions was addressed in a keynote speech by Professor Stanley Sloan with comments from a panel including Professor Sten Rynning, Dr. Dominika Kunertova, Dr. Niels Bjerre-Poulsen and Dr. Vincent Keating. The event was introduced and moderated by Professor Trine Flockhart.
Conference: The International Criminal Court in Crisis?
How will ongoing and future warcrimes and crimes against humanity be handled and prosecuted? What is the position of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today, in an increasingly complex and globalised world - where the conflicts and crimes are correspondingly complex? Is there international support for the ICC's future work? This two-day conference brought together leading Danish experts and practitioners, including senior ICC judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut and a number of leading international ICC scholars. In collaboration between University of Southern Denmark (SDU) and The Danish Foreign Policy Society.
Frédéric Mérand: "The Politics of International Organizations"
How does the European Commission make decisions? On January 21, 2020 we were delighted to host Frédéric Mérand, Professor at the University of Montréal, who had conducted an ethnographic study of the European commission and thus could provide unique insights on the politics behind the curtain in the EU, and the Commission in particular.
Turkey at the Crossroads of Crisis
The war in Syria, the refugee crisis, the struggles of minority nationalist groups, questions about NATO cohesion, increasing Russian influence, the struggle between liberal democratic and populist forces: Turkey finds itself in the middle of many of the major political crises we find on the international stage. We were therefore delighted to welcome the Danish Ambassador to Turkey, Svend Olling, on 2. December, 2019 to help us understand Turkey's position in these critical political problems. This event was part of the Center for War Studies' Ambassador Series, co-hosted by IntRpol Odense.
The UN, Denmark and the Responsibility to Protect
The UN Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect Karen Smith visited Denmark. On this occasion she discussed the current state of atrocity prevention at the UN and payed special attention to the role Denmark is playing internationally – and how this also could matter at home. The seminar on 21. November , 2019 was co-hosted by the Centre for War Studies at the University of Southern Denmark and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
CWS Annual Conference 2019: Technology & Digitalization as Forces of Change
This conference aims to bring together experts and perspectives on how technological change in the fields of communications and robotics is impacting the existing international order. Throughout history, the development of new technologies has led to fundamental changes in the strategies and tactics of war, as well as the norms of the use of force, and much can be learned from these previous technological revolutions. Today, some of the fundamental changes that are happening to war and warfare can be seen in the increasing role of drones on and off the battlefield, the fundamental impact social media has on war reporting, the increasing importance of networks, and automation.
Women in International Security with Kathleen McInnis
What are the challenges facing women working in an international security environment? To address this important issue, the Center for War Studies was happy to welcome Dr. Kathleen McInnis, non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States and best-selling author of The Heart of War: Misadventures in the Pentagon. Dr. McInnis exchanged with Professor Trine Flockhart, from CWS, on their respective experiences in various work environments.