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Tuesday 4th December 2012

Georgia's Parliamentary Elections - Democracy in Action?

Description
On 1 October 2012 Georgia, a small post-Soviet state on the Black Sea coast with a population of 4.6 million people, conducted its 8th Parliamentary elections since 1990. The pre-election campaign was closely watched by the West and the number of international observers monitoring the elections was allegedly the country's largest-ever.
Date:
Tuesday 4th December 2012
Categories:
Social Sciences

Legal, Legitimate, and Effective Drone Warfare: Grand Illusion or Future Reality?

Description
On 14 November, 2012, an Israeli drone strike killed Ahmed Jabari, the head of the military wing of Hamas in Gaza. The sharply escalating violence in the aftermath of this so-called targeted killing, while particularly costly in human life, is part of a seemingly unending violent confrontation in the region: according to a timeline of the conflict, over the past almost four years (since the conclusion of Israel's ground offensive in Gaza) more than 300 Palestinians and 20 Israelis have been killed, while in the past two years, some 800 missiles have been launched from Gaza into southern Israel.
Date:
Tuesday 4th December 2012
Categories:
Social Sciences
Friday 5th October 2012

Wealth inequality - are we 'one nation', all in it together?

Wealth inequality - are we 'one nation', all in it together?
Description
In his speech to the Labour party conference this week, Ed Miliband invoked the spirit of the former Conservative leader, Benjamin Disraeli, when he set out his vision for Britain to be 'one nation: a country where prosperity is shared'. So where are the 'one-nation Tories' and where do Conservatives more generally stand on this issue?
Date:
Friday 5th October 2012
Categories:
Social Sciences
Friday 28th September 2012

Examining exams: GCSEs, the E.Bacc and the question of Equity

Examining exams: GCSEs, the E.Bacc and the question of Equity
Description
Michael Gove's recent statement on the status of GCSEs and the introduction of a new qualification – the English Baccalaureate Certificate (EBC) – have been greeted as another momentous change, but what do the reforms really mean and who is likely to win (and lose) as a result?
Date:
Friday 28th September 2012
Categories:
Corporate Services, Social Sciences
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