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Human Security, Violence, and Trauma

Psychological Responses and Political Impacts of Conflict
University of California, Berkeley 

The Human Security, Violence, and Trauma (HSVT) conference, funded by the IGCC Academic Conference grant, brought together researchers from political science, psychology, neuroscience, and public health, and practitioners working in the field for a two-day seminar on the implications of conflict and forced migration.

Convened virtually May 26-27, 2021, the event provided an opportunity to create connections and spark conversations across fields in previously underexplored ways, offering theoretical, methodological, and practical insights into vital questions of conflict recurrence and peace stability, with the goal of advancing scholarship and informing policy on how living through war impacts human behavior.

Listen to a Talking Policy episode with the event organizer, Biz Herman. Read a summary of the research presented at the event.

Past Events

IGCC research informs national policy challenges through workshops, talks and briefings and provides opportunities to engage the wider community of scholars, students and the public. Below are featured past events.

The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on National Security

The Impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on National Security
March 17, 2021


The most pressing security threats of the modern era—from large-scale cyber disruptions, and pandemic disease, to catastrophic natural disasters, and technology-empowered terrorism—are now so complex and interconnected, they transcend traditional distinctions between disciplines and bureaucratic authorities. 

The National Security Innovation Forum brings together specialists from government, academia, industry, investment, and the start-up innovation community to address key national security issues and identify practical solutions. The Forum examines the full spectrum of national security challenges, from peer military competition to the effects of climate change; and proposes solutions that range from technical and operational innovation, to acquisition reform, policy improvement, and research-based understanding of the theoretical constructs of competition and conflict in the modern world.

The National Security Innovation Forum is a collaboration between the University of California’s Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC), the Silicon Valley Defense Group, the National Security Innovation Catalyst, and partners from the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada.

University of California Conference on International Cooperation

Feb. 28, 2020

The University of California Conference on International Cooperation (UCCIC) is an annual conference that brings together International Relations scholars from across UC campuses to discuss research in progress, share ideas, and provide mentorship for junior International Relations scholars at UC institutions.

Founded in 2016, UCCIC aims to cultivate a community of scholars who work in areas such as international security, foreign policy, international political economy and international organizations, to increase academic dialogue across UC campuses, and to support the next generation of International Relations scholars. All IR scholars from UC institutions are invited to attend the conference.

Since 2019, UCCIC has been organized in cooperation with the IGCC, which has provided generous funding to make the conference possible.

The fifth annual UCCIC will be hosted by UC Riverside on Feb. 28, 2020. Contact Jana Grittersova for details.

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Past UCCIC events:
2016: UC Los Angeles (PDF)
2017: UC Santa Barbara (PDF)
2018: UC San Diego (PDF)
2019: UC Berkeley (PDF)

Security for Israel and her Neighbors: Challenges and Opportunities

Nov. 11, 2019
Speaker: Tzipi Livni, former Israeli foreign minister deputy prime minister

Conflict and tensions in the Middle East have reached their highest point in years. Tensions and the risk of confrontation are growing between the U.S. and Iran, as well as between Iran and U.S. regional allies. An Israeli-Palestinian peace deal in the foreseeable future seems exceedingly unlikely, nor is there a credible process for reaching one. Chronic violence and suffering in Syria have killed more than 250,000 people, fueling radicalization and refugee flight. And the U.S. withdrawal from the region has sent a troubling message to its allies, leaving the future uncertain. 

At this year’s lecture, Tzipi Livni, former Israeli foreign minister deputy prime minister, reflected on whether increased tensions in the region can help create new opportunities for peace and stability. She explored, in particular, the threats Israel faces that may threaten an already fragile status quo.

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