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Symposium 4

Great Power Competition and the Return of Inter-State Conflict?

Wednesday 4 March

2020

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     Sandhurst Trends in International      Conflict Series Symposium Programme

3: Violent Non-State Actors in Modern Conflict

                                 THURSDAY 15th NOVEMBER 2018                                                      Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

                                           Programme

0900-0930 Arrival & Registration

 

0930-0935 Welcome & Introduction

Brigadier Bill Wright (Commander Sandhurst Group)

 

0935-1500: Keynote Address

Professor Mary Kaldor (The London School of Economics & Political Science)

What are Non-State Actors?

Chair: Dr Malte Riemann (Defence & International Affairs RMAS)

 

1050-1115 Tea/Coffee break

 

1115-1230 PANEL ONE - International Norms and VNSAs

 

Professor Dominik Zaum (University of Reading)

Getting Away with Murder?  Government Violence in State- and Peacebuilding Contexts.

 

Jack Watling (Royal United Services Institute)

Morals Matter: How Non-State Actors Write Their Own Laws of War.

 

Helene Olsen (King's College London)

Who Gets to Fight? The De-legitimisation of Non-State Actors and the Search for the Ideal Polity.

 

Dr Christopher Kinsey (King's College London)

Challenging the Strength of the Anti-mercenary Norm.

 

Chair: Dr Andree-Anne Melancon (Defence & International Affairs RMAS)

 

1230-1330 Lunch

 

1330-1445 PANEL TWO - VSNAs, Criminal Governance & State Sovereignty

 

Dr James Worrall & Dr Alex Waterman (University of Leeds)

Taxonomies of Rebel Governance: An Approach to Studying Shapes of Rule by Violent Non-State Actors During Conflict.

 

Dr Helle Malmvig (Danish Institute of International Studies)

Syrian Mosiacs: How Armed Non-State Actors Challenge, Re-affirm, and Perform the State.

 

Zoi Vardanika (University of Reading)

State and Non-State Actor Interactions in Modern Security: A Case Study on the Andean Drug 'Wars'.

 

James Fargher (King's College London)

Non-State Actors in the Yemeni Civil War: The Houthi Rebellion, Maritime Security and the Redrawing of the Strategic Map.

 

Chair: Lt Col. Jane Hunter (SO1 Intellectual Development RMAS)

 

1445-1500 Tea/Coffee break

 

1500-1615 PANEL THREE - Allies or Adversaries?: VNSAs in Modern Conflict

 

Abigail Watson (Remote Warfare Programme Oxford Research Group)

Uneasy Alliances: The Political Consequences of Arming Non-State Groups in Counter-Terrorism Campaigns.

 

Dr Andrew Mumford (University of Nottingham)

Non-State Actors as Proxy War-Wagers.

 

Marina Miron (University of New South Wales / Australian Defence Force Academy)

Learning From the Russians in Syria: A Comparative Examination of Russian and US Military Strategic Approaches in Syria and Their Co-option of Violent Non-State Actors.

 

Dr Joana Cook and Gina Vale (King's College London)

From Daesh to 'Diaspora': Tracing the Women and Minors of Islamic State.

 

Chair: Dr Aaron Edwards (Defence & International Affairs RMAS)

 

1615-1630 Tea/Coffee break

 

1630-1715 PANEL FOUR - Practitioners Roundtable

Brigadier Darren Stewart - Head of Operational Law, Army Headquarters

Colonel Mike Cornwall - Assistant Head (Warfare) Land Warfare Centre

Julien Bastrup-Birk - UK Stabilisation Unit

 

Chair: Dr Norma Rossi (Defence & International Affairs RMAS)

1715 Future Developments in the Sandhurst Trends in International Conflict series

Kirstin Howgate (Howgate Military Publishing).