Careers in International Relations: FCO and Civil Service

PhDs and post-docs are welcome to attend this event.  No sign-up required

Wednesday 4th November 3pm – 4pm Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre

Dr Samir Puri will share his experiences of working for HM Diplomatic Service (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Cyprus), prior to joining to the War Studies department at King’s, where he now lectures.

He will be joined by Emma Attwell from the Civil Service who will explore other opportunities to develop a career in International Relations with the UK Civil Service.

NB: The Diplomatic Service Fast Stream is open to UK citizens, other departments with the Civil Service are open to UK, EU and Commonwealth Citizens.

Should I do a PhD?

While studying for your postgraduate degree, you may be considering whether or not a PhD would be a suitable next step for your career. With many prospective students asking the same question, King’s PhD student Heather Williams decided to bring a panel of speakers together to help students make this important decision.

The speakers included Maryyum Mehmood, a second-year PhD student; Monica Allen, special advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister; Dr Birthe Anders, a lecturer in War Studies; and Heather herself. This article summarises their key advice: Continue reading

CSD2014 Conference ‘Organised Crime in Conflict Zones’

CSD2014 WordCloudThe Graduate School is delighted to promote an upcoming event organised by Postgraduate students from the Conflict, Security and Development (CSD) programme. The CSD2014 Conference: ‘Organised Crime in Conflict Zones’ will take place on the 6th of March, 2014. Organised by King’s postgraduate students and supported by the War Studies Department, the conference will be held in the Great Hall on the Strand Campus.

The one-day event will focus on transnational organised crime, a multi-billion pound global business and an area of growing international concern. The programme will address the conflict-crime nexus and focus on three key areas of organised crime. These are: drug trafficking, terrorist criminality and human trafficking.

For more information on the conference and our speakers, please visit our website at:

Preferential rates are available for King’s students, to purchase tickets please click here. For any queries please contact:

War Studies / Area Studies / IR opportunity

AKE is offering new internships. Please check out website:

AKE is looking to recruit interns for its 2010 remote internship scheme, running from 1 February. Applicants should have an excellent command of written English, a demonstrable background in international politics or security, and preferably be working towards a Postgrad Degree or equivalent experience. As this is a remote programme, you must have reliable internet access. Please note that this is an unpaid scheme.

Applicants should have a specialist interest in one of the following regions:
– Latin America
– Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Union
– Middle East and North Africa
– Sub-Saharan Africa
– Central and South Asia
– East Asia

Duties and responsibilities may include:
– Provision of analytical intelligence for a range of public and private sector clients;
– Provision of internal company reports and briefings;
– Assistance in updating AKE’s online country intelligence services;
– Assistance in political risk consulting projects.

– Successful candidates should be specialists in one of the aforementioned regions and specify such regional interest in their application;
– Candidates should have a familiarity with political, economic and security trends in the relevant region and must be able to produce clear and concise analysis of such events;
– Candidates will be working toward a Bachelors degree at the very least (but preferably educated to post-graduate level) in a relevant discipline. It would be advantageous to have some experience of the        business sectors AKE works within;
– Knowledge of one or more relevant regional languages is preferable.

Email a CV and writing sample of not more than 350 words to Please state your availability in the coming months and note any regional or topical expertise. You will then be tasked to assess your suitability for the scheme. The deadline for applications is 27 January.