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Subjecthood – A new entry point for critical social inquiry?

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This workshop aimed to answer the question of how the idea of subjecthood can be understood and how it might be conceptualised. In doing so, special attention is to be paid to the fact that any subject of social change is inevitably embedded in a global political economy and its different epistemic frameworks and historical legacies.
Date:
Friday 20th May 2016

Grant Award from the Open Society Foundations

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Professors David Dunn and Nicholas Wheeler have been awarded a grant of $100,000 from the Open Society Foundations for a 2-year project investigating a new (restraining) global consensus on the use of armed drones. The project builds on findings from the Birmingham Policy Commission on the Security Impact of Drones.
Date:
Monday 9th May 2016

How the push to unite South-East Asia against Chinese expansionism could backfire

How the push to unite South-East Asia against Chinese expansionism could backfire
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Written by Scott Edwards. Washington has been trying to corral the ASEAN countries into a unified bloc against China – but it could actually destabilise the region further.
Date:
Monday 9th May 2016

Fact Check: does Britain get its way at the European top table?

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Chris Grayling and Alan Johnson disagree on whether the UK is on the winning side at the EU Council. Two academics assess who is right. Written by Sara Hagemann, London School of Economics and Political Science. Reviewed by Nicole Scicluna, POLSIS.
Date:
Monday 9th May 2016

Student enhancement events - with cake!

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POLSIS is a department committed to delivering the best possible learning experience to students and to help students fulfil their potential. The Academic Enhancement and Innovation Working Group, led by Dr Nicole Scicluna and Dr Lorenzo Cladi was pleased to organise yet another great event for the purpose of student enhancement.
Date:
Thursday 5th May 2016

Podcast: The Next Great Hope: The Humanitarian Initiative and Nuclear Weapons

Podcast: The Next Great Hope: The Humanitarian Initiative and Nuclear Weapons
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Speaker: Dr Jan Ruzicka (University of Aberystwyth), Chair: Professor Nicholas J Wheeler (Director, ICCS).
Date:
Thursday 5th May 2016

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Last week The Birmingham Brief looked at Boris Johnson's comments on President Obama's intervention in the Brexit debate. Johnson's comments about Obama's background have received much critical attention, but one unlikely to cause the shift towards the Leave campaign that some of the polls suggest. The politics of Brexit are also important. Obama and the US have their own economic and strategic interests at stake in keeping the EU together.
Date:
Thursday 5th May 2016

European Commissioner Replies to Letter from POLSIS students

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The European Commissioner for Social Policy replied to letter in which students of the POLSIS module Institutions, Politics and Policies of the EU explained their views on the future of European integration in social policy.
Date:
Wednesday 4th May 2016

"Brexit" Attacks President Obama...and Avoids the Issues

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One might be surprised that a prominent British politician would begin a comment about US President Barack Obama with a historical lie. One might not foresee an ethnic slur against the American leader. But that is exactly what happened last week when the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, used The Sun newspaper as a platform to denounce Obama's visit to Britain
Date:
Friday 29th April 2016

Drone Security: Why we need to develop new safety procedures

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"The need to develop new procedures for drones [RPA] to operate safely in or near controlled airspace is a matter requiring urgent attention in order to ensure air safety and to assure public confidence." Birmingham Policy Commission on the Security Impact of Drones: Challenges and Opportunities for the UK, 2014.
Date:
Monday 25th April 2016

Obama's disdain for Europe's 'free riders' makes this an awkward transatlantic trip

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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. Barack Obama's dour disappointment with Europe is far more powerful than his worries about a Brexit.
Date:
Monday 25th April 2016

Blog: What is a Contested Conventions – and What Would One Mean for the GOP?

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Written by Adam Quinn, Senior Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Birmingham.
Date:
Thursday 21st April 2016

Why ASEAN Must Remain Neutral on the South China Sea

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Written by Scott Edwards. Pressure is growing on ASEAN to choose condemnation of China and both explicit and implicit support of the U.S. in the South China Sea.
Date:
Thursday 14th April 2016

Pakistan bombing: what is Jamaat ul-Ahrar?

Pakistan bombing: what is Jamaat ul-Ahrar?
Description
Written by Talat Farooq, Honorary Research Fellow. Lahore's Easter Sunday suicide attack is the latest chapter in Jamaat-ul-Ahrar's campaign against the Pakistani government – and people.
Date:
Tuesday 12th April 2016

Why Disney's Zootropolis might be the most important film you see this year

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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. It's a searing response to the great American paradox – and the US climate of suspicion and fear.
Date:
Tuesday 12th April 2016

How war in Nagorno-Karabakh could spread – and become a major problem for Europe

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Written by Kevork Oskanian. The Caucasus are more important and more connected today than in the 1990s, and a war between Armenia and Azerbaijan could create chaos for Europe.
Date:
Tuesday 12th April 2016

The next Cold War has already begun – in cyberspace

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Written by Conor Deane-McKenna. Cyber weapons are allowing states to attack each other without fear of retaliation. The consequences potentially are devastating.
Date:
Tuesday 12th April 2016

What is a contested convention – and what would one mean for the GOP?

What is a contested convention – and what would one mean for the GOP?
Description
Written by Dr Adam Quinn. It could be battle royale for the Republicans at the Ohio convention in July 2016.
Date:
Tuesday 12th April 2016

Blog: Book Review: The Fence and the Bridge: Geopolitics and Identity Along the Canada-US Border by Heather N. Nicol

Description
Iván Farías Pelcastre is a Postdoctoral Scholar and Visiting Fellow at the University of Southern California and a graduate of the PhD in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Birmingham. He is particularly interested in the analysis of policy interdependence and political integration between Canada, Mexico and the US resulting from the operation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, its side and parallel accords and their corresponding institutions.
Date:
Tuesday 12th April 2016

Students from POLSIS and the School of Government and Society take part in Model NATO (2016)

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This year, the University of Birmingham delegation had the pleasure of representing the United States at the 31st Model NATO Conference, held in Washington D.C. in February 2016.
Date:
Friday 8th April 2016
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