International Security Studies - ISS
This stage may be offered to Civil Servants, Industry Delegates and our Partners across Government on a standalone basis although for UK military personnel it is only available as part of the full ACSC. Potential attendees include, but are not limited to, MoD personnel from International Policy and Planning (IPP) staff and PJHQ, and area desk officers from the FCO and DfID. Academic researchers with particular interests in the areas covered would also find this a useful venue to expand their perspectives and contacts
The aim of the International Security Studies (ISS) Module is to examine examples of competition and conflict within the international system, as well as the development and relevance to the UK of relationships with international organisations, allies and significant powers and regions across the world. It seeks to gain an understanding of security threats in certain regions and ask why, in an increasingly interconnected world in which the definition of security has broadened, they are of interest to the UK.
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The following individual studies will be conducted:
International Institutions, which examines the evolving roles and continued relevance of the United Nations and the Commonwealth, and the broader status and dynamics of international institutions generally.
European security which examines challenges to European security, how the institutions of NATO and the EU might confront these challenges, the development and importance to the UK of its relationships with NATO and the EU, and the national security policies of some of the UK's most important European allies. This study is complemented by RSE 1.
The Major Powers which examines the current Superpower, the United States, the rising power of China and the existing major power of Russia. This study will critically examine how these major powers are interacting and how they will affect the global security system in the early part of the 21st century and beyond.
Asia-Pacific and Africa which examines examples of tension, conflict and competition in the ASEAN, Far East and Africa that may be of significance for the UK.
The Arc of Crisis: which analyses key security issues across the Middle East and Central Asia in this diverse and important region.
ISS is conducted by means of lectures by resident academic staff from the Defence Studies Department (DSD) of King’s College London and visiting lecturers from outside universities and think-tanks, as well as serving diplomats senior military officers and policy-makers.
It features panel discussions by area experts, and syndicate room discussions amongst the students themselves, often drawing on the first-hand knowledge and experience of the International students on ACSC (approximately one third of the total student body).