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Managing Escalation in Unconventional Conflicts: Operationalizing Tools for Defence Sectors in the United States and other NATO Member States

1 March 2020 - 1 March 2021

PI/s in Exeter: Dr Catarina Thomson

Research partners: Co-investigators: Jon Wilkenfeld, Devin Ellis and Egle Murauskaite. ICONS Project (part of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism- START), National Security Innovations (NSI).

Funding awarded: (total funding of £ 19,325)

Sponsor(s): ESRC (Impact Acceleration Account)

About the research

The project’s overarching aim is to facilitate foreign policy decision-making that does not contribute to military, economic or other forms of escalation by comprehensively cataloguing tools and levers for successful escalation management in international conflicts that fall short of being full-fledged wars. This operationalization will be based on work the PI has developed since 2018 in collaboration with policy-facing external partners in the context of a project funded by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Minerva Grant Initiative.