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Tuesday 4th December 2012

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
Friday 23rd March 2012

Impact of Events in Egypt on the EU: Can any lessons be learnt from the Arab Spring?

Impact of Events in Egypt on the EU: Can any lessons be learnt from the Arab Spring?
Description
2011 was a truly historical turning point – it was a year which fundamentally changed the European Union's (EU) previous assumption about the Middle East and North African (MENA) region – that the fall of Arab autocrats was not imminent and that the dictators of the region would remain the partners to cooperate with in the near future. The Arab Spring events in Tunisia, Egypt, and beyond since December 2010 have successfully challenged the institutional order. Egypt is now embarking on a long and uncertain journey towards a more democratic future. But questions remain regarding the role of the EU towards nascent democracies.
Date:
Friday 23rd March 2012
Categories:
Social Sciences
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