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IAS Blog: Thinking politically - Part I

IAS Blog: Thinking politically - Part I
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Written by Dr Jonathan Fisher. The 'age of austerity' has not been kind to Western aid agencies and their staff or to those who would defend them. Though Britain's Department for International Development (DFID) has had its budget 'ring-fenced' since 2010 its counterparts elsewhere in Europe have not been so lucky while its equivalent in Australia – AusAID – has disappeared altogether as an independent entity, subsumed into the country's foreign ministry only weeks ago.
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Thursday 10th September 2015

Doctoral Research profile: Charity Mbillah

Doctoral Research profile: Charity Mbillah
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Title of Research: Prosperity gospel and adherent social mobility in Ghana
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Thursday 10th September 2015

Why Gambia is not ideal to host Africa's human rights watchdog

Why Gambia is not ideal to host Africa's human rights watchdog
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Written by Rosa Freedman and Jonathan Fisher. President Jammeh has ruled Gambia with an iron fist since he seized power more than two decades years ago. He is responsible for gross human rights abuses, yet he hosts Africa's human rights watchdog.
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Friday 31st July 2015

Scores killed by bombs and bullets as Boko Haram struggle escalates

Scores killed by bombs and bullets as Boko Haram struggle escalates
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Written by Professor Paul Jackson. A week of carnage across northern Nigeria proves Boko Haram is alive and well. Can the Nigerian army get its act together?
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Thursday 9th July 2015

Blog: Prizes for local government: Latin America or England?

Blog: Prizes for local government: Latin America or England?
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Written by Dr Andrew Nickson. Last week I was in Panama City to deliver the inaugural address at the 2nd Latin American seminar on good practices in municipal management. My topic was the challenges of sub-national governance in the region, after thirty years during which local political democracy has gradually become the norm, accompanied by a growing share of fiscal revenue devolved to local government.
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Monday 22nd June 2015

Why the UK doesn't mind if aid boosts military spending

Why the UK doesn't mind if aid boosts military spending
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Written by Dr Jonathan Fisher. It's not a surprise that development aid frees up money for countries to spend on defence budgets. Why is the UK so shocked by its own policies?
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Friday 19th June 2015

Reforming FIFA: what can we learn from experience with (other) corrupt autocrats?

Reforming FIFA: what can we learn from experience with (other) corrupt autocrats?
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Written by Paul Jackson and Heather Marquette. Acres (how many football pitches-worth, we wonder) have been written about the footballing earthquake that followed the arrest of several FIFA officials and the melodramatic end of Sepp Blatter's reign. But here's another angle.
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Friday 12th June 2015

Central African Republic takes a small step towards peace – but a leap is what's needed

Central African Republic takes a small step towards peace – but a leap is what's needed
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Written by Professor Paul Jackson. The CAR is a phantom state that has barely existed for years. Even with a ten-way peace deal now signed, what future does it have?
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Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Securing Sierra Leone, 1997-2013: Defence, Diplomacy and Development in Action

Securing Sierra Leone, 1997-2013: Defence, Diplomacy and Development in Action
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Professor Paul Jackson has recently co-authored a new book on Securing Sierra Leone, 1997–2013. Launched at RUSI in May 2015, the monograph examines the development and impact of security-sector reform on the state-building process in Sierra Leone.
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Thursday 28th May 2015

CHASR: A Student's Insight

CHASR: A Student's Insight
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RTC has been collaborating with the International Development Department (IDD) for a number of years. Our Masters student, Jeffery Hamann, recounts his experience of taking part in an RTC-led conflict simulation exercise as part of his course. The simulation was conducted as a part of the IDD's CHASR (Conflict, Humanitarian Aid and Social Reconstruction) module.
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Thursday 28th May 2015

Blog: Central African Republic takes a small step towards peace – but a leap is what's needed

Blog: Central African Republic takes a small step towards peace – but a leap is what's needed
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Written by Professor Paul Jackson. The signing of a major peace agreement by ten rebel groups in the Central African Republic is a welcome step towards peace after years of violent chaos.
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Thursday 28th May 2015

Villagers front-line in the battle against Prosopis in Ethiopia

Villagers front-line in the battle against Prosopis in Ethiopia
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IDD PT MSc student and Business Development Manager at CABI Paul Rogers reports on his dissertation fieldwork in Ethiopia on CABI's invasive species blog.
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Thursday 28th May 2015

Blog: As refugee crisis deepens, the world is losing patience with South Sudan

Blog: As refugee crisis deepens, the world is losing patience with South Sudan
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Written by Jonathan Fisher, lecturer in IDD. South Sudan has now been at war since 2013, with no end in sight. And while the two sides focus on defeating each other, the humanitarian situation on the ground is only deteriorating.
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Thursday 28th May 2015

Podcast: Emancipation without agenda? – The recovery of non-Western subjecthood and its implications for the study of world politics

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This discussion assembled scholars from different fields and of diverse regional expertise to present the different forms of non-Western subjecthood that they identify or envisage in order to discuss the possibility and constellations of non-Western subjecthood and corresponding forms of agency. The event thus made an attempt to link recent theoretical debates about a 'post-Western' IR with insights from other disciplines to show how post-colonial agency operates both within the framework of the international state system, but also appears in more diffuse and less obvious ways that serve to challenge and re-shape this system.
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Friday 22nd May 2015

Podcast: Violence, Civilization and Humanity

Podcast: Violence, Civilization and Humanity
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Speaker: Professor Andrew Linklater (Aberystwyth University). The ICCS Distinguished Lecture Series continues on the 18th May with a talk from Professor Andrew Linklater, arguably one of the 50 key thinkers writing in the field of International Relations today. Professor Linklater will discuss his recent research on 'Violence, Civilization and Humanity'.
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Friday 22nd May 2015

Podcast: Take A Chance: Trust-Building Across Identity Groups

Podcast: Take A Chance: Trust-Building Across Identity Groups
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Speaker: Professor Andrew Kydd (University of Wisconsin). Trust is central to cooperation and it is often taken for granted that trust is higher among members of an identity group than between groups. However, apart from assimilation or creating new overarching identities, we lack a compelling explanation for trust-building.
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Friday 22nd May 2015

Undergraduate Open Days - 26-27 June 2015

Undergraduate Open Days - 26-27 June 2015
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Our Undergraduate Open Days offer you the perfect opportunity to hear first-hand from our current undergraduates and teaching staff about living and learning at Birmingham.
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Friday 22nd May 2015

As refugee crisis deepens, the world is losing patience with South Sudan

As refugee crisis deepens, the world is losing patience with South Sudan
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Written by Dr Jonathan Fisher. Africa's youngest country has been at war for 18 months, and its people are paying the price. Its neighbours and supporters aren't happy.
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Wednesday 20th May 2015

IDD researchers share findings at OECD discussions on peacebuilding and statebuilding

IDD researchers share findings at OECD discussions on peacebuilding and statebuilding
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Heather Marquette leads a team of researchers from IDD who will present their work at the OECD this week. They will share findings with two INCAF Task Teams at discussions of the Peacebuilding and Statebuilding Goals on legitimate politics and on revenues and services.
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Tuesday 19th May 2015

Fiona Nunan co-author of new Climate Compatible Development article

Fiona Nunan co-author of new Climate Compatible Development article
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New article in the Journal of Environmental Management demonstrates the economic benefit of a climate compatible development future for mangrove forests in Kenya.
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Friday 24th April 2015
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