2019/20 Committee Elections Open!

As some of you might know, nominations for next year’s committee are now open!
Please write a campaign statement on why you are running and what makes you qualified for the position you are running for. Please note that you have to be a KCL War Studies Society member to run.
Email your campaign statement to kingswarstudiessoc@gmail.com. We will close elections on April 1st, after which, voting will ensue. Good luck!

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End of Term Party!

52979935_2323893960975660_5281074830630715392_n.jpgYou didn’t believe we would let this term end without a bang, did you?

We are so excited to announce our end of term party!! The event will take place at Patch St Paul’s, where you can drink your exam worries away with two free drinks included in the ticket price!

Grab your friends and come along to the best night of the term. Non-WSS are welcome too! 1st Release tickets are limited and a bargain at £10 (2 drinks included). Get yours now and join the society for one final boogie before Maughan calls us back indefinitely.

Dress Code: Smart Casual


Tickets to be released soon!

WS Staff and Students Lunch


52833040_2324931250871931_2098882098726174720_n.jpgWednesday, March 13th, 1PM, War Studies Meeting Room: Together with the department, we are planning on hosting an end-of-term-brunch! As the term is coming to an end, join us for a lovely lunch social co-sponsored by the War Studies Department and the Society! It is a great opportunity to mingle with your fellow classmates, but also to grab a bite with your teachers!

WSS 1st Year Module/Revision Advice


From our own experience, we know the first year at uni can be difficult, even though we are approaching the end of it. Therefore, the WSS have gathered second-year students from both IR and WS to help you with next years module selections, and give you some revision tips before exam season is upon us.

We will be talking about our modules, lecturers, and will be taking questions from the audience. We urge first-year students to go, as this will be a great way to get all your worries answered before the break.

Afterwards, we will be heading to the Philosophy Bar, where you can have a more informal chat with second-years, and drink your exam worries away!

The event will be held in the Safra Lecture Theatre from 6-7 PM, on March 22nd. Don’t be late.

South Asia After the 2019 Indian Elections

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4th of March, 6:30 PM

Join us as Dr Adnan Naseemullah, Dr Louise Tillin, Dr Anastasia Piliavsky, and Dr Thorsten Wojczewski discuss what lies ahead of South Asia after the 2019 Elections in India. With our panellists specialising in a variety of fields ranging from security to anthropology, this event will be highly beneficial in developing an enhanced understanding of South Asia. The event will be held in the War Studies Meeting Room on Strand Campus. Open to all University of London students.


Dr Adnan Naseemullah

Dr Naseemullah’sresearch interests include the political economy of industrial development, state formation and political order, all in relation to the South Asian region. Dr Naseemullah’s book, Development after Statism: Industrial Firms and the Political Economy of South Asia, published by Cambridge University Press in 2017, focuses on the strategies of Indian and Pakistani manufacturers in acquiring capital, managing labour and engaging with international markets after the withdrawal of the state from industrial governance in India and Pakistan.

Dr Louise Tillin

Dr Louise Tillin is a political scientist in the India Institute and works on contemporary India. She is an editor of Regional and Federal Studies, a leading journal on federalism and territorial politics across the world. She also writes regular columns in the Indian media (including Caravan, Indian Express, The Hindu, India Today) and comments regularly on Indian politics for media outlets including Al Jazeera, BBC, Sky News.

Dr Anastasia Piliavsky

Dr Anastasia Piliavsky is a social anthropologist who specialises on India’s democratic politics, political corruption and crime, and the role of vernacular values, especially the hierarchical, in India’s politics and otherwise social life. She has written about crime, policing and corruption in India, about secrecy and the public sphere, about India’s ‘criminal castes,’ political gangsterism, patronage and democracy, and on social theory and the history of anthropology at large.

Dr Thorsten Wojczewski
Thorsten Wojczewski is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow specialising in Indian foreign and security policy, International Relations Theory, populism, world order and critical security studies.His research has been published in International Studies Review, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, and Third World Quarterly, amongst others. He is the author of the book ‘India’s Foreign Policy Discourse and its Conceptions of World Order: The Quest for Power and Identity’ (London: Routledge, 2018).

Tickets can be found here!

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