LSE Grimshaw + KCL War Studies Soc = <3


Due to popular demand, we are back with another KCL WSS x LSE Grimshaw joint pub social!

In fact, if you were present at the last social a few weeks ago, you you would remember how crowded it eventually became, with such massive turn out. Therefore, we are delighted come together again to host a second joint social; and this time round, we’ve booked out the entire basement for you guys.

So come along for a beer (or two) to conclude your strenuous Wednesday in some good company. Or for those who are dedicated attendees of sports night: firstly, c’mon- that’s EVERY Wednesday, we all know you’re getting bored of the excessive sweating, but secondly, GREAT thing our social starts at 6.30pm! You have no excuse- GO TO BOTH.

Oh and Pendrell’s Oak has requested for us to BRING OUR IDs this time. Please DON’T FORGET


Tea and Biscuits with Dr Christine Cheng

We are pleased to announce this month’s Tea and Biscuits session will be joined by Dr Christine Cheng!

Tea and Biscuit are small, exclusive events where we get experts from the department to speak about their research with a selected few students – allowing you to engage in personal discussions with the brilliant scholars from the department.

Dr Cheng is the Course Director for the MA in Conflict, Security, and Development (CSD), and holds a DPhil from Oxford (Nuffield College) and an MPA from Princeton University (Woodrow Wilson School). She has worked for the UN Commission on Human Security, the World Bank’s Gender Group, Environment Canada, and the Wildlife Conservation Society. She is a commentator on international affairs for a variety of media outlets including the BBC, the Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera, Radio France International, and Real Clear World.

The event will be held in room S3.05, at Strand Campus.

We will release tickets soon, so stay put!

Exploring Strategic Communications

Exploring the Strategic Communications fieldJoin us for a panel held together with King’s Centre for Strategic Communications, and learn more about the emerging field of strategic communications!

Topics like propaganda, public relations and even corporate communications often cause some confusion, however, King’s College is one of the few universities in the world to teach strategic communications (SC) as an MA.

King’s Centre for Strategic Communications (KCSC) aims to be the leading global centre of expertise on SC. Led by internationally renowned experts from the Department of War Studies and partners from the policy and practitioner communities, it provides practical solutions to contemporary communication challenges rooted in cutting-edge academic research. The Centre provides intellectual rigour and clarity of thinking to enhance understanding of an increasingly dynamic information environment.

Three academics from KCSC will be joining us, in addition to a few War Studies alumni, who are currently working in the SC field.

Dr Francesca Granelli is a teaching fellow at the Department of War Studies. Before joining, she spent 15 years working in the private sector before returning to academic life. Dr Granelli holds a BA (Hons) in Geography and Psychology from the University of Manchester, alongside her MA in International Relations and PhD in War Studies from King’s College London. Her doctoral thesis is the first full-length study of the relationship between trust and revolution.

Dr Ofer Fridman is a Lecturer in War Studies and Director of operations at the King’s Centre for Strategic Communications. Prior to his academic career, Dr Fridman served in the Israeli Defence Forces. He holds the degrees of BA (Military History and Security Studies) from Hebrew University; MA (Counter-Terror and Homeland Security) from Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya; and PhD (Politics) from University of Reading.

Leonie Haiden is a doctoral researcher specialising in strategic communications, international nuclear politics, and discourse analysis. She holds an undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford and a postgraduate degree in Non-Proliferation and International Security from King’s College London.

As for the KCL alumni, we have decided to keep them as a surprise until the event!

Room number will be posted shortly.

See you there!Exploring the Strategic Communications field

WSS visits Chatham House

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We are proud to announce this year’s visit to Chatham House!

Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is a world-leading policy institute based in London. Its mission is to help governments and societies build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world. It was founded in 1919 by British and American delegates to the Paris Peace Conference, seeking to establish an Anglo-American Institute of foreign affairs to study international problems with a view to preventing future wars.

We will be given a tour and have representatives from the Russia and Eurasia Programme speak to us about Chatham House. Afterwards, we have been invited to attend the event “Moscow Rules”, where Keir Giles of the Russia and Eurasia Programme will be speaking about the importance of understanding Russia’s worldview and need to challenge the West in order to establish relationships with it. More on the event here

Tickets are limited, and we will have a draw to select who will be chosen to participate. Only members will be prioritised, so get your WSS membership if you want a chance to participate.

Tickets to be released soon!!

Wine and Cheese with Dr Malcolm Murfett


Instead of doing our classic Tea and Biscuits, we have the pleasure to invite you all to a Cheese and Wine event with the War Studies Society and Dr Malcolm Murfett, a professor in the Department of War Studies. We will be meeting at Daly’s Wine Bar, located between Strand and Maughan. The society will provide wine and cheese plates. We only have 18 places available, and the tickets can be found here!

How to get published

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE!getting published

The War Studies Society have teamed up with several prominent student publications and one external publisher who will tell us more about how to get your work published! Members of Strife, IR Today, the Shield, Sensus and ‘Analyse Defence’ will be here to give us tips and advice about what they are looking for in an article. This is an opportunity for you to join them and to start getting published!

Strife is a dual format publication comprised of an academic Blog, as well as a peer-reviewed academic Journal. Strife’s thematic focus is ‘conflict’ in all its shapes and forms.

International Relations Today is a blog on current international affairs. The content published focuses on issues relevant today and aims to facilitate discussion of these.

The Shield is a platform for analysis, discussion and debate on defence and security matters.

Sensus is an international student journal on political and social issues. Its publishings are based on a monthly theme, with the aim of covering lesser discussed or under-represented topics.

Analyse Defence is a French platform which publish articles from both professionals and students about defence-related news, often focusing on industry, on new technologies and on market news. They aim to export their website to the U.K. with English based articles.

LOCATION: Bush House South East Wing, 8th floor, activity room D

We look forward to seeing you there!

WSS Panel: Social Media and Propaganda in Contemporary Conflict

We are pleased to announce our final academic event of the season.

We have invited an excellent team of speakers from the department on board to discuss the implications of propaganda and social media in contemporary conflict with us. There will be room for questions after the debate.

The event will take place in room MB4.2, formerly known as Tutu’s.


Dr Peter Busch – Before joining the department in 2004, Dr Busch was a Senior Broadcast Journalist in the News and Current Affairs department of Germany’s public television station ZDF. His research focuses on the role of social media in war reporting, and propaganda and strategic communication from a historical perspective.

Professor David Betz – Professor Betz joined the department immediately after completing his PhD in 2002. His main research interests are insurgency and counterinsurgency, information warfare and cyberwar, propaganda, also civil-military relations and strategy and especially fortifications both historic and contemporary. He is head of the Insurgency Research Group at KCL.

Tickets can be found here!

The Facebook event can be found here!

War Studies Winter Ball


The War Studies Society is delighted to announce the annual War Studies Winter Ball!

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1, so we thought it suitable to have a post-war theme to this year’s gala. Bring out your glittering dresses and dazzling suits, and prepare for jazz and loads of prosecco.

What would the 1920s be without jazz? We will have an exceptional band playing from 9-11pm. Wanna sway your hips like they used to? Two very talented DJs, with more contemporary music, will mix the rest of the night.

Tickets will include a glass of prosecco and 2 drinks.

Early Bird: 19£
Standard: 23£

Still thirsty? Enjoy our £3,5 beers, £4 double spirit and mixer, £3 shots and more!

Tickets will be AVAILABLE SOON on the KCLSU website! Further updates will be posted shortly. Non-War Studies and Non-King’s students are of course welcome as well. Expect the night to be glamorous, jazzy and sparkling. Look forward to being transported into a magical 20s’ world.

Find out more on Facebook.See you there in your fabulous 1920s attire!

This is a +18 event.

WWI Remembrance Week

Save the Date! (1)

The War Studies Society, together with History Society, will be remembering WWI this week by hosting a series of events.

Thursday 8/11

World at War – Sharing Perspectives on WWI

We have invited King’s faculty members to talk about the different countries and regions who participated in the war and share their perspectives with us. The event is taking place in the Great Hall at Strand at 6:30 PM. A drinks reception will follow. The event can be found on Facebook.

Friday 9/11

Student Panel

We invite students from King’s to participate and discuss the following question: Is it fair to say that the First World War ended with the Armistice of November 1918?

This is a great chance to enhance debating and public speaking skills for participants. It is also a brilliant chance to listen to the insights and perspectives of the new generations of historians and scholars students at KCL represent. The event can be found on Facebook.