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Lungu tries to have his cake and eat it: a state of emergency in all but name

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Written by Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy, University of Birmingham. Zambia's president is securing powers to consolidate his political control while generating 'plausible deniability' to whether or not he has fatally undermined democracy.
Date:
Tuesday 11th July 2017

Students and staff win awards at the University Graduate School Awards 2017

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Doctoral research students in IDD and POLSIS win awards at the recent University Graduate School Awards while Dr Adam Quinn wins the award for Excellence in Doctoral Research Supervision, College of Social Sciences.
Date:
Tuesday 11th July 2017

Zambia slides towards authoritarianism as IMF props up government

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Written by Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy, University of Birmingham. The IMF's decision to go ahead with a bailout package for Zambia, despite the government's democratic failings, could embolden the president to pursue an authoritarian strategy.
Date:
Monday 19th June 2017

IDD Policy Research Shapes Debate

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On Friday 09 June 2017, the International Development Department hosted a policy open day to share the findings of recent research projects with senior partners and policy makers.
Date:
Friday 16th June 2017

IDD Lecturer awarded Outstanding Teaching Award 2016-17 in the College of Social Sciences

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The International Development Department (IDD) is pleased to announce that Willem Van Eekelen, a Part-time Visiting Lecturer in IDD, has been awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award for the College of Social Sciences 2016-17.
Date:
Friday 16th June 2017

Four ways the Kenyan elections could be rigged – and how to stop it

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Written by Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy, University of Birmingham. The closer the race between the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, the more Kenyans will start to worry about election rigging.
Date:
Friday 9th June 2017

Making Climate Compatible Development Happen

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Fiona Nunan draws out key lessons from her edited book 'Making Climate Compatible Development Happen' in a blog on the Climate and Development Knowledge Network website.
Date:
Thursday 8th June 2017

Democracy is taking root in Africa. But that doesn't mean it works all the time

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Written by Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy, University of Birmingham. As we celebrate Africa Day and reflect on how far the continent has come since the Organisation of African Unity was founded in 1963, it's a good time to assess whether democracy is working.
Date:
Thursday 25th May 2017

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Liberation Politics and the Outbreak of Africa's Deadliest Conflict

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Liberation Politics and the Outbreak of Africa's Deadliest Conflict
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Dr Harry Verhoeven of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar. Presented his new book (with Philip Roessler) about the outbreak of the Congo War: "Why Comrades go to War: Liberation Politics and the Outbreak of Africa's Deadliest Conflict" (Hurst and OUP: 2016).
Date:
Wednesday 24th May 2017

Nic Cheeseman's research makes the front pages

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Professor Nic Cheeseman's research on Zambian politics has made headlines around the world. An opinion piece on the danger of democratic backsliding under President Edgar Lungu that was originally published by The Conversation was read by over 55,000 people.
Date:
Tuesday 23rd May 2017

We need to talk about Zambia as it falls from grace under President Lungu

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Written by Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy, University of Birmingham. The world's media, which has in the past found Zambia uninteresting, are suddenly paying more attention to the impoverished nation, for all the wrong reasons.
Date:
Friday 19th May 2017

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Responsibility and Its Avoidance: Essays in Public Management and Governance

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Responsibility and Its Avoidance: Essays in Public Management and Governance
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Speaker: Dr Donald Curtis, University of Birmingham.
Date:
Tuesday 2nd May 2017

IDD Guest seminar podcast: The Authoritarian Origins of Well-Organised Opposition Parties: The Rise of Chadema in Tanzania

IDD Guest seminar podcast: The Authoritarian Origins of Well-Organised Opposition Parties: The Rise of Chadema in Tanzania
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Speaker: Dan Paget, University of Oxford.
Date:
Thursday 27th April 2017

Haiti's cholera victims still can't get what they need from the UN

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Written by Nicolas Lemay-Hébert, Senior Lecturer, International Development Department and Rosa Freedman, Professor of Law, Conflict and Global Development, University of Reading. By not acknowledging what Haitians themselves think they need, the UN is failing to sort out one of its worst ever blunders.
Date:
Thursday 20th April 2017

Old Joe - Rapid Research: Louis Francis Monroy-Santander

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My research focuses on the possibilities of connecting state-building practices with ground reconciliation initiatives in Bosnia-Herzegovina. It critically looks at the spaces for connecting practices of transitional justice with projects for inter-ethnic reconciliation between the three main ethnic groups in the country.
Date:
Wednesday 12th April 2017

South Africans are learning that they're not that exceptional after all

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Written by Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy, University of Birmingham. The notion of South African exceptionalism runs deep. Many people in the country believe that in some cases they are superior to the rest of the continent.
Date:
Monday 10th April 2017

Why South Sudan continues to fall out of favour with its international partners

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Written by Jonathan Fisher, Lecturer in International Development, University of Birmingham. Last month South Sudan announced a dramatic increase in the cost of aid-worker permits from $100 to $10,000. It's now backtracked on the decision.
Date:
Monday 10th April 2017

ESRC seminar - Knowledge Conflicts and Conflict Knowledge

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This session explored the issues of epistemology, focusing particularly on how different social and cultural frameworks affect how conflict knowledge is collected and interpreted.
Date:
Monday 27th March 2017

IDD host FCO Africa Study Day

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The International Development Department (IDD) were pleased to host the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)'s Africa Study Day at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
Date:
Friday 24th March 2017

IDD newsletter - Spring/Summer 2017

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Welcome to the Spring/Summer 2017 edition of IDD's e-Newsletter, in a new format.
Date:
Friday 17th March 2017
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