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Intelligence Gathering and the Media: Who to trust
Panel Discussion curated by Claire Spencer, Chatham House

Intelligence Gathering and the Media

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University of York

Panel Discussion curated by Claire Spencer, Chatham House and featuring Paul Adams, BBC Diplomatic Correspondent; Charlie Edwards, Director of National Security and Resilience Studies at the Royal United Services Institute; John Williams, Professor of International Relations, Durham University

Claire Spencer

Claire Spencer is Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme & Second Century Initiative at the International Affairs Think Tank, Chatham House. Claire’s expertise is in the Middle East; North Africa (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia); European Union relations with the Mediterranean and Middle East, and Mediterranean Security

Paul Adams

Paul Adams is a BBC Diplomatic Correspondent, based in London. He has had several foreign postings, including Jerusalem and Washington D.C. He regularly reports for the full range of BBC outlets, including TV, Radio and Online, from various locations around the world.

Kenneth Bush

Director of Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU) at the University of York. 

Dr Kenneth Bush is the Al-Tajir Lecturer in Post-War Recovery Studies. He received his PhD in International Relations and Comparative Politics from Cornell University, and holds Masters degrees in Government (Cornell) and International Affairs (Carleton), as well as undergraduate degrees in Political Science and in Asian Studies (both from Carleton). 

Dr Bush was a tenured founding professor of the Conflict Studies Programme of St. Paul University in Ottawa, Canada, and has held teaching positions at the University of Ulster, Queen’s University (Canada), Carleton University, and Bilkent University (Turkey).

Throughout his career, Dr Bush has worked within and between academia and conflict zones.  His pioneering work on Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment (PCIA), and on-going work on evaluation in conflict zones, seek to bridge the gap between Peace and Conflict Studies and Evaluation research and practice. 

John Williams

Professor of International Relations, Durham University. John's researchrevolves around three, interconnected issues. First is the English school of international relations theory, where he has worked on both analysis of classic texts and also on the development of ethical dimensions of the School's approach. Second, is the wider area of international political theory, where he has concentrated on ethical dimensions of issues such as territory, space and political violence. This has also brought his research into contact with related debates in political geography. Thirdly is the area of the Just War tradition, where his work has looked at the challenges to standard accounts of the ethics of war presented by changing patterns and technologies of violence and the issue of democratic authority over warfare.

 

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