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Thursday 27th October 2011

Lobbying – a necessary part of politics

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Lobbying is once again a dirty word. The case of Liam Fox and Adam Werritty has led to bigger questions being asked about the accountability and transparency of British public life, more so than at any time since the expenses scandal of 2009. Yet lobbying is an inevitable, longstanding and relatively harmless part of politics. Notwithstanding the drama of defence policy and Cabinet resignations, its significance can also be grossly exaggerated.
Date:
Thursday 27th October 2011
Categories:
Arts and Law
Friday 7th October 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 7th October 2011
Categories:
Arts and Law

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

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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:
Friday 7th October 2011
Categories:
Arts and Law
Thursday 6th October 2011

Banking Regulation and the Financial Crisis

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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
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