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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 16th June 2011

Ratko Mladić and international criminal justice

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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
Tuesday 7th June 2011

Trident – time for a real debate?

Description
The Defence Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, has recently announced the approval of the Initial Gate Business Case for the replacement for the Vanguard Class nuclear submarines. The contracts for this phase are likely to be in the region of £3bn. However, the Defence Secretary admitted that the total cost was likely to reach £25bn by the time the boats are built. Given that the initial estimates prepared in 2006 were in the region of £15–20bn, the sceptics around Whitehall, who are well used to Ministry of Defense (MoD) 'guesstimations', anticipate the final bill being closer to £38bn.
Date:
Tuesday 7th June 2011
Categories:
Arts and Law, Research
Thursday 26th May 2011

Should the UK take a leaf out of Canada's book?

Should the UK take a leaf out of Canada's book?
Description
As America's favourite cartoon character, Homer Simpson, recognised when he visited London in 2003, there is a shared family tree between the UK, the United States and Canada. Centuries of history along with geography and a common language have created an interaction between the three nations that stretches beyond mere symbolism.
Date:
Thursday 26th May 2011
Categories:
Arts and Law
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