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Thursday 6th October 2011

Banking Regulation and the Financial Crisis

Description
The current financial crisis started in the Autumn of 2008, and is only the last one of the many that have followed the banking deregulation of the mid-1980s. It has been a rolling financial crisis moving from economy to economy. Governments and bank regulators have tried to understand the role of financial markets in this process and are trying to improve financial stability.
Date:
Thursday 6th October 2011
Categories:
Arts and Law, Research
Thursday 29th September 2011

Saudi Women to have the Right to Vote: a step in the right direction

Description
On Sunday 25 September 2011 King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, during his annual speech to the Shura council, surprised his male audiences and delighted Saudi women activists who have been pushing for a greater public role in the affairs of their own country. He announced that after consultation with his religious advisers he had decided to grant Saudi women the right to vote and run for office in the next municipal elections.
Date:
Thursday 29th September 2011
Categories:
Arts and Law
Friday 26th August 2011

Arab Spring, summer harvest: Looking beyond the Fall of Gaddafi

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Western leaders have breathed sighs of relief and contentment at the unexpectedly swift breakthrough of rebel forces in Western Libya, which was a prelude to their march into Tripoli. At long last, the NATO-backed Libyan National Transitional Council has found a way of breaking Gaddafi's stranglehold. Yet, achieving military victory is relatively easy when compared to building peace after decades of authoritarian rule.
Date:
Friday 26th August 2011
Categories:
Arts and Law
Thursday 16th June 2011

Ratko Mladić and international criminal justice

Description
On the 26 June 2011, after 16 years in hiding, one of the most notorious alleged war criminals from the former Yugoslavia was captured in Serbia. He has been sent to the Netherlands to face charges (first issued in 1996) of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), an international tribunal set up by the UN Security Council in 1993.
Date:
Thursday 16th June 2011
Categories:
Arts and Law
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