Global Security Events at the University of Glasgow

Glasgow University has a wide range of subjects with a global security theme. The GSR is delighted to help publicize all such talks. Anyone who would like us to do so, please email your announcement details to

Tuesday 4 October 2011

Professor Jeremy Black: War, Technology and the Rise of the West 1450-2011 Reconsidered
at 5pm in the Seminar Room, 2 University Gardens
(Scottish Centre for War Studies seminar)

Friday 7-Sunday 9 October 2011

Centre for Battlefield Archaeology, Postgraduate Conference

Tuesday 11 October 2011Afghanistan: How the West Lost Its Way 

Book launch: Tim Bird JSCSC and Alex Marshall, Afghanistan: How the West Lost Its Way
In the Lecture Room of 2 University Gardens (Room 209), tea/coffee at 5:00 with the presentation starting at 5:30.

Friday 21 October 2011

One day Conference on Cyber-Space War - Cyber War and International Law conference: programme 

Tuesday 1 November 2011

Staff Research talk by Cian O’Driscoll. Cian O'Driscoll's paper for 1 Nov 2011 

Monday 7 November 2011

Joint Seminar of the Glasgow Human Rights Network (GHRN) and Glasgow University Global Security Roundtable:
Re-forging Rwanda’s Identity: The Case of the Rwandan Government’s Ingando Camps
Monday 7th November 2011, 17.30 – 19.00, University of Glasgow, Lecture Room (209), 2 University Gardens
D15 on campus map
Speaker: James Kearney (United Nations Association for the UK)

James Kearney is UNA-UK’s Peace and Security Programme Coordinator. James has a breadth of experience in the peace and security area, having worked for the Africa Educational Trust in London, Nairobi and Rumbek, southern Sudan; for John Grogan MP as a parliamentary researcher; and in the Office of the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict for nearly two years. During his time at the UN he wrote the first report on the feasibility of forming a ‘watchlist for children and armed conflict’, which has now been established. Prior to this, he was a volunteer teacher in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
After studying history at Oxford, James attained a Masters degree in international relations from Cambridge University. His PhD (Edinburgh University) examined Ingando camps in Rwanda using them as a case study in forging collective identity in post-ethnic-conflict environments. James’ research acknowledges that while Rwanda’s Ingando camps address the place of education as a fundamental right and use it to promote social cohesion it is done so at all costs with no room for questioning and debate among those being educated and he suggests that this may lead to longer-term resentment despite short-term successes.  James is currently writing a report for the World Bank on the conclusions of his Rwanda research and this will form the basis of the seminar discussions.
“Kearney’s ethnographic research within Ingando explores the ways in which young people respond to the new history and hours of military training in the name of peace and unity….Ingando is considered unique in its explicit and clear mobilization of education towards an equally explicit vision of reconciliation through national unity – as Kearney shows, the effects of this unique strategy are less clear and straightforward” (Julia Paulson – editor of Education and Reconciliation: Exploring Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations, 2011, Continuum International Publishing Group)

This is an open event and all are welcome – the event is free of charge.

This seminar is sponsored by the University of Glasgow Global Security Roundtable (GSR) and the Glasgow Human Rights Network.  Please direct any questions to or

Friday 18 November 2011

Public Lecture by the Society of Latin American Studies: John Holloway (Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, Mexico) On Finding Hope on a Dark Night: The Latin American Contribution.
at 6pm in the Boyd Orr Building, Room 507

Monday 21 November 2011

Global Security Research Group / Scottish Centre for War Studies
Professor Hew Strachan (Chichele Professor of the History of War – Oxford University): “Security Inaugural talk—The Changing Character of War”
Monday 21 November 2011 at 5.15pm
Tea/coffee served from 5.00pm
In the Melville Room, Gilbert Scott Building (3rd floor). All welcome

Monday 28 November 2011

Adam Smith Research Foundation - Annual Lecture Series
Lord Browne of Ladyton (former Secretary of State for Defence): Old Challenges and New: why nuclear deterrence is a barrier to liberal internationalism in the 21st century
at 6pm in the Senate Room

Thursday 26th January 2012, 5pm.  Global Uncertainties and Food Security - Roundtable Discussion with Brian Harris (Head of Strategy - Agriculture, Food and Environment at the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council)

Thursday 26 January 2012

Global Uncertainties and Food Security - Roundtable Discussion with Brian Harris (Head of Strategy - Agriculture, Food and Environment at the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council)
at 5pm.  

Thursday 2 February 2012

Global Security Roundtable: Food Security: A Perfect Storm?
2-4pm, in the Boyd Orr Building, Lecture Theatre D (513)

This roundtable seminar will address the issue of global food security and the ideas raised by John Beddington (UK Chief Scientific Advisor) about the ‘perfect storm’ of future food, water and energy shortages. It will also examine some of the policy initiatives designed to support and improve food security as well as to offer an opportunity for students and staff to learn more about the scientific and societal research agendas in this increasingly important field of study, including the UK Research Councils’ joint ‘Global Uncertainties Programme’.
The seminar will be in a roundtable format and will include a number 3 key speaker as well as question and answer session. The event is open to all and is free.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Mr Brian Harris: Head of Strategy for Agriculture, Food and the Environment, UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
  • Mr David Robson: Head of Energy and Environmental Foresight, Scottish Government
  • Professor Julie Fitzpatrick: Professor of Food Security within the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow and Scientific Director of Moredun Research Institute

Food security can be defined as the ability of the world’s governments to produce and supply sufficient amounts of safe and nutritious food in a sustainable way for an increasingly populated planet. Ensuring food security involves much more than just food production, but includes many social, economic and environmental factors – from ensuring sufficient amounts of agricultural land and controlling plant and animal diseases, to addressing the effects of climate change and the availability of water for consumption and irrigation.

The Boyd Orr Building can be found on this map (location D1).
For more information please contact Dr Eamonn Butler, School of Social and Political Sciences.

Wednesday 8 February 2012

Roger McDermott. West Coast Seminar: “Kazakhstan, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and the Collective Security Treaty Organisation”

Wednesday 22 February 2012

Annual Strategic Studies Lecture
Lt Gen Andrew Graham, Commandant Defence Academy, ‘Preparing the 21st Century Commander'
at 7.30pm in Room 1115, Adam Smith Building

Thursday 1 March 2012

Professor Gary Sheffield, Birmingham University, ‘Field Marshal Haig and Leadership in the First World War. Lecture Room, 2 University Gardens, 5:15.

Friday 2 March 2012

Specialist Energy Security Workshop. “Central and East European Energy Strategies: Creating a Sustainable Energy Future within the EU”.