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The Conversation: Now Crimea's in the bag, where next for Putin and Russia?

The Conversation: Now Crimea's in the bag, where next for Putin and Russia?
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Written by Professor Stefan Wolff and Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University). The Ukrainian government has announced that it will mount a full-scale military operation to regain control of the east of the country and has set a deadline of 6am on Monday morning for occupied government buildings to be evacuated by armed protesters.
Date:
15/04/2014

INLOGOV briefing paper: The 2014 local elections – a preview

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By Chris Game. This year's English local elections have been postponed to Thursday 22nd May to coincide with those to the European Parliament. There are all-out elections in the London boroughs, elections by thirds in the metropolitan boroughs, and a mixture of the two in some unitaries and shire districts. This preview will lead you through this potential confusion, and also provide a guide to those councils most likely to change political control.
Date:
14/04/2014

Dr Rosa Freedman writes about the UK's first Femal Genital Mutilation prosecution for the Conversation

Dr Rosa Freedman writes about the UK's first Femal Genital Mutilation prosecution for the Conversation
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"Britain's first FGM prosecution is all too politically convenient". Dr Freedman is a lecturer in Law at the University of Birmingham specialising in International Human Rights.
Date:
14/04/2014

Housing and communities: Australian speaking engagements

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Social Policy's David Mullins will be speaking at two events in Australia during May.
Date:
14/04/2014

IGS podcast: "Anglifizierung" und "Globalisierung"

IGS podcast: "Anglifizierung" und "Globalisierung"
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Speaker: Dr Falco Pfalzgraf (QMUL). '"Anglifizierung" und "Globalisierung": Aktuelle Diskurse zu Entlehnungen und moderner Sprachpurismus'.
Date:
14/04/2014

IGS podcast: British society, Georgian Monarchy and the Anniversaries of the 'German Connection' (1814 – 2014)

IGS podcast: British society, Georgian Monarchy and the Anniversaries of the 'German Connection' (1814 – 2014)
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Speaker: Dr Torsten Riotte (Goethe-Universitat, Frankfurt-am-Main). Not a Dynastic Centenary: British society, Georgian Monarchy and the Anniversaries of the 'German Connection' (1814 – 2014).
Date:
14/04/2014

IDD PGR podcast: The Ownership of Official Development Assistance in Jamaica 2005-2013

IDD PGR podcast: The Ownership of Official Development Assistance in Jamaica 2005-2013
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Speaker: Vaughn Graham (PhD researcher, University of Birmingham). The Ownership of Official Development Assistance in the Security and Justice Sector in Jamaica 2005-2013: How the Nature of Sectoral Policymaking Reflects and Challenges International Aid Policy.
Date:
14/04/2014

ICCS seminar series podcast: Peace Negotiations and Peacebuilding in the Middle East

ICCS seminar series podcast: Peace Negotiations and Peacebuilding in the Middle East
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Peace Negotiations and Peacebuilding in the Middle East: The Role of Religion and Culture in Processes of Reconciliation. Guest Speaker: Professor Kamel Abu Jaber (Director, Jordan Institute for Middle East Studies). Chair: Professor Nicholas Wheeler, Discussants: Professor Stefan Wolff, Dr Josef Boehle, Dr Christalla Yakinthou, Dr Asaf Siniver.
Date:
14/04/2014

ICCS seminar series podcast: Chemically Massacring Civilians

ICCS seminar series podcast: Chemically Massacring Civilians
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Speaker: Paul Schulte. This talk examines and assesses the effectiveness of emerging international responses to chemical attacks during the Syrian Civil War. It considers historical context, attitudes towards WMD possession and use, and recurrent structural aspects of Great Power interest, affecting the choices and legitimate knowledge available to international organisations.
Date:
14/04/2014

IGS podcast: Imagining Violence in Women in 1970's West Germany

IGS podcast: Imagining Violence in Women in 1970's West Germany
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Speaker: Dr Claire Bielby (University of Hull) presented a lecture on 'Imagining Violence in Women in 1970's West Germany'.
Date:
14/04/2014

Musicalisation of Running: Experiencing Pleasurable Escape

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Dr. Finola Kerrigan discusses the role of music with regards to running, and how some may use it to create soundscapes in order to enhance their running experience.
Date:
11/04/2014

The Conversation: Ukraine crisis: are Moldova and its Transnistrian region next on Moscow's to-do-list?

The Conversation: Ukraine crisis: are Moldova and its Transnistrian region next on Moscow's to-do-list?
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NATO foreign ministers have agreed to suspend all cooperation with Russia and bolster their defence posture in the Baltic states and Poland. This move reflects the continuing perception of a Russian threat to Ukraine, a point made abundantly clear in a statement by the German chancellor Angela Merkel – which is particularly significant given that Germany is usually seen as Russia's closest ally in the West.
Date:
10/04/2014

The Conversation: Ukraine a pawn in high-stakes global game with no quick win in sight for EU, US or Russia

The Conversation: Ukraine a pawn in high-stakes global game with no quick win in sight for EU, US or Russia
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Written by Professor Stefan Wolff and Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University). Ukraine appears to be heading towards another crisis. Protests in the eastern cities of Kharkiv, Luhansk and Donetsk have turned violent and pro-Russian protesters occupied government buildings, calling for a referendum on independence. In Donetsk, in an eerie echo of events in Crimea, separatists went one step further and have now proclaimed their own independent Donetsk People's Republic and asked Russia for support.
Date:
10/04/2014

Whose interests do we protect by refusing children asylum? Not ours, nor the children

Whose interests do we protect by refusing children asylum? Not ours, nor the children
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Dr Nando Sigona of the Institute for Researchinto Superdiversity (IRiS), writes in 'The Conversation' in a recent article entitled 'Whose interests do we protect by refusing children asylum? Not ours, nor the children'.
Date:
10/04/2014

New article: When does service delivery improve the legitimacy of a fragile state?

New article: When does service delivery improve the legitimacy of a fragile state?
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Claire Mcloughlin's new article in Governance takes stock of the theory and evidence on the relationship between service delivery and state legitimacy in fragile and conflict-affected states, challenging received wisdom.
Date:
09/04/2014

Prestigious research programme makes its home at IDD

Prestigious research programme makes its home at IDD
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A prestigious international research initiative, the Developmental Leadership Program, is to make its home at IDD with funding in place to continue its work for the next three years.
Date:
09/04/2014

Research shows growth in empty homes activity in the Midlands

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The Housing and Communities Research Group at the University of Birmingham has today launched a case studies report following a programme of research, funded by the Building and Social Housing Foundation (BSHF) and the Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC), to evaluate the impact of the Empty Homes Community Grants Programme (EHCGP) in the Midlands.
Date:
08/04/2014

Birmingham Three Minute Thesis Competition

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The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition returns this year which challenges PhD students to effectively communicate the significance of their research in just three minutes.
Date:
07/04/2014

NHS Foundation Trusts: 10 years on

NHS Foundation Trusts: 10 years on
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There are over two million members of NHS Foundation Trusts. They ought to be a bedrock on which a participatory NHS can be built – after all medical professionals are expert on medical treatment, but patients are expert on what care and dignity feels like when receiving that treatment.
Date:
07/04/2014

Taxing times for the NHS

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On his first day as Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens stated that the National Health Service was facing its biggest challenge to date because of the most sustained 'budget crunch in its 66-year history'. He argued it was time to 'chart a new course' in order to face the really big challenges – dementia, obesity, inequalities, mental health and wellbeing, personalisation, prevention and empowerment. Only by 'radically transforming services' would the NHS continue to thrive.
Date:
07/04/2014
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