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IDD Guest seminar podcast: Addressing Tough Challenges in State-building One Step at a Time

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Addressing Tough Challenges in State-building One Step at a Time
Description
Speaker: Anne-Marie Brinkman, Independent Consultant, former advisor to UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Nairobi. The International Development Department hosts a number of seminars throughout the autumn term which focuses on a number of different topics. The seminars are open to everyone.
Date:
Friday 18th October 2013

Podcast: The EDL, Tommy Robinson and the British Far Right

Podcast: The EDL, Tommy Robinson and the British Far Right
Description
The Politics @ Birmingham Podcast: Episode 03. On this week's podcast we talk about the shock resignation of Tommy Robinson as leader of anti-Islam protest group the English Defence League, and whether he or the movement now have a political future. We also discuss the fortunes and prospects of the British far right more generally, as well as those who seek to thwart it.
Date:
Tuesday 15th October 2013

Video: Saving Humans: Risk, Intervention, Survival

Video: Saving Humans: Risk, Intervention, Survival
Description
'Saving Humans' is an innovative and timely theme which consolidates existing University research agendas, provides opportunities for creating novel and exciting partnerships, transcends divides between arts, social sciences and natural sciences and, most importantly, addresses broader issues of social, political and moral concern for humanity's future.
Date:
Friday 11th October 2013

Blog: Tommy Robinson Quits the English Defence League: Damascene Conversion or a Cynical Tactic?

Blog: Tommy Robinson Quits the English Defence League: Damascene Conversion or a Cynical Tactic?
Description
This week EDL leader Tommy Robinson quit from the English Defence League and began collaborating with the counter extremist Quilliam Foundation, however, POLSIS researcher Alex Oaten argues that there is little for us to be positive about.
Date:
Thursday 10th October 2013

Jamie Vickery, International Political Economy MA

Jamie Vickery, International Political Economy MA
Description
From my undergraduate experience, I already knew that the level of support that I would receive from the department would be high and I was also excited about the introduction of environmental governance and climate change politics modules (the political area that I did eventually want to focus on) helped to persuade me to come back.
Date:
Thursday 10th October 2013

Neema Begum, Political Science (British Politics and the State) MA

Neema Begum, Political Science (British Politics and the State) MA
Description
After completing my undergraduate degree in Political Science and International Relations at POLSIS, I chose to continue studying at Birmingham at postgraduate level. I knew that by studying with POLSIS, I would continue to be challenged and encouraged in my studies; I also knew that I would benefit from both the expertise within the department and from the excellent academic teaching and a solid research base.
Date:
Thursday 10th October 2013

Mo Ibrahim Foundation MSc scholarship in Governance and State-building

Mo Ibrahim Foundation MSc scholarship in Governance and State-building
Description
The International Development Department is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity to undertake the MSc in Governance and State-building, followed by a six-month internship at IDD and six months with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation in London with a full scholarship. Applicants must have the equivalent of a first class UK bachelors degree and be African nationals domiciled (or permanent residents) in an African country. Preference will be given to scholarship candidates living in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Date:
Wednesday 9th October 2013

POLSIS Bursary: Edward Li, International Relations (Contemporary Asia-Pacific) MA

POLSIS Bursary: Edward Li, International Relations (Contemporary Asia-Pacific) MA
Description
I chose to study with POLSIS as the University of Birmingham has a rather high ranking in the subject field of Political Science. Before I applied to Birmingham I also read about the profiles of the professors and lecturers on the POLSIS website and learned that they have brilliant qualifications and experiences.
Date:
Wednesday 9th October 2013

Bursaries for Postgraduate Study in POLSIS

Bursaries for Postgraduate Study in POLSIS
Description
For students starting postgraduate studies in September 2013, POLSIS were delighted to be able to offer one full bursary for a home student (100% fees), and one full bursary for an overseas student as well.
Date:
Wednesday 9th October 2013

Exciting, Forward Thinking Undergraduate Degrees

Exciting, Forward Thinking Undergraduate Degrees
Description
Choose to study political science, international studies, sociology or european politics and take the opportunity to examine some of the most important political issues that we as citizens face in the 21st century.
Date:
Tuesday 8th October 2013

Executive Programme in Strategic Commissioning (5 day course)

Executive Programme in Strategic Commissioning (5 day course)
Description
3, 4 and 5 March and 28, 29 April 2014. This Executive Programme in Strategic Commissioning focuses directly on the current challenge of coping with public service funding cuts at a time of rising service needs and expectations.
Date:
Monday 7th October 2013

The Conversation: Boehner risks his reputation in Obamacare shutdown

The Conversation: Boehner risks his reputation in Obamacare shutdown
Description
Written by Dr Adam Quinn. Republican Speaker John Boehner faced a choice between two unappetising gambles on Monday night. One option was to cut a deal with Democrats to continue federal government spending at present levels, and in so doing trigger a revolt from the radical wing of his own party that might end his speakership. The other was to dig in, precipitate a partial shut-down of the government, and risk the public assigning the blame to congressional Republicans.
Date:
Thursday 3rd October 2013

50 faces of CREES #46 - Mike Berry CREES (1966-)

50 faces of CREES #46 - Mike Berry CREES (1966-)
Description
I came to CREES in 1966 to work on the OECD project on "Science Policy in the USSR" with Ron Amann under the leadership of Bob Davies.
Date:
Wednesday 2nd October 2013

50 faces of CREES #45 - Matthew Frear (2005-2013)

50 faces of CREES #45 - Matthew Frear (2005-2013)
Description
I arrived at CREES in 2005 with the intention of just taking a career break to indulge my interest in Russia and Eastern Europe for a year on the Masters programme. Little did I know at the time I would end up staying for eight years and developing an expertise on Belarusian politics and society!
Date:
Wednesday 2nd October 2013

Podcast: The German election edition: Merkel wins big – why, and what now?

Podcast: The German election edition: Merkel wins big – why, and what now?
Description
The Politics @ Birmingham Podcast: Episode 02. On this week's podcast we talk about the results of Germany's national election, which took place on Sunday Sep 22. Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats emerged victorious with an increased share of the vote, but she still needs partners to form a governing coalition after her Free Democrat partners fell below the 5% threshold required for representation. We discuss the reasons for Merkel's victory, the state of politics in Germany, and the consequences of the result for the rest of Europe.
Date:
Thursday 26th September 2013
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