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School of Government and Society hosts Foreign Office Seminar on EU Enlargement

School of Government and Society hosts Foreign Office Seminar on EU Enlargement
Description
The University of Birmingham organized a seminar with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as part of the Balance of Competences Review in the field of EU Enlargement.
Date:
Friday 25th July 2014

50 faces of CREES #53 - Dr Tim Haughton

50 faces of CREES #53 - Dr Tim Haughton
Description
I arrived in CREES in September 2003 initially on a three year contract to cover for Judy Batt, but have been here ever since, serving most recently as Director of CREES from 2012-14. In that post, it was a pleasure and an honour to initiate and lead the 50th anniversary celebrations (including arranging the 50+ faces of CREES!), particularly the special annual conference which so many CREESniki attended.
Date:
Friday 25th July 2014

Dr Tim Haughton hands over the Directorship of CREES to Dr Richard Connolly and Dr Jeremy Morris

Dr Tim Haughton hands over the Directorship of CREES to Dr Richard Connolly and Dr Jeremy Morris
Description
After two years as the Director of CREES, Tim Haughton hands the Directorship of the Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies to Richard Connolly and Jeremy Morris.
Date:
Friday 25th July 2014

IGS podcast: Ethics and the Holocaust

IGS podcast: Ethics and the Holocaust
Description
Speakers: Professor Marc Silberman, University of Wisconsin - Madison "The Ethics of Teaching Holocaust Violence". Justin Court, University of Wisconsin – Madison "The Ethics of Viewing Holocaust Violence".
Date:
Wednesday 23rd July 2014

IGS podcast: From Wars of Liberation to Star Wars: Friedrich Schiller's Pop Culture Legacy

IGS podcast: From Wars of Liberation to Star Wars: Friedrich Schiller's Pop Culture Legacy
Description
Speaker: Professor Jeffrey L. High (California State University Long Beach), "From Wars of Liberation to Star Wars: Friedrich Schiller's Pop Culture Legacy"
Date:
Wednesday 23rd July 2014

The Conversation: As Russia votes with Security Council, could MH17 be providing a wake-up call?

The Conversation: As Russia votes with Security Council, could MH17 be providing a wake-up call?
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff. The unanimous vote in the UN Security Council on the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over rebel-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine is a welcome step. The resolution, drafted by Australia which lost 37 people in the tragedy, condemns the downing of the aircraft and calls for all states to co-operate with the investigation and demands that armed groups allow open access to the crash site.
Date:
Wednesday 23rd July 2014

New book series: Global Political Economies of Gender and Sexuality

New book series: Global Political Economies of Gender and Sexuality
Description
Dr Nicola Smith, Senior Lecturer in POLSIS, has recently signed a book series. The book series is called 'Global Political Economies of Gender and Sexuality', is being published by Rowman & Littlefield International and is edited by Nicola Smith, Adrienne Roberts (University of Manchester) and Juanita Elias (University of Birmingham). The series has just started and they will have a big launch once the first books have been commissioned.
Date:
Monday 21st July 2014

The Conversation: How far were Russia's 'little green men' involved in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17?

The Conversation: How far were Russia's 'little green men' involved in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17?
Description
Written by Dr Kataryna Wolczuk. The shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 in Eastern Ukraine on 17th June has placed the conflict which has engulfed that part of Ukraine into an entirely new context. It has transformed the event from a localised, regional rebellion into a crisis that brings Russia's role into the open.
Date:
Monday 21st July 2014

The Israeli-Palestinian crisis: A distressing déjà vu

The Israeli-Palestinian crisis: A distressing déjà vu
Description
Written by Dr Asaf Siniver. The most depressing aspect of the current round of violence between Israelis and Palestinians, beyond the death toll and the human suffering, is the sheer predictability of this crisis. As far as contemporary armed conflicts go, few could match the intensity, inevitability and perpetuity of the ongoing struggle between the militant group Hamas and the Israeli government.
Date:
Thursday 17th July 2014

The Conversation: Thaw in UK-Iran relations will depend on Rouhani's actions, not his words, say MPs

The Conversation: Thaw in UK-Iran relations will depend on Rouhani's actions, not his words, say MPs
Description
Written by Dr Adam Quinn. The House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee's new report on policy towards Iran contains no surprises – startling new departures aren't in the nature of such documents – but does help crystallise a couple of important features of the present posture of the Western coalition's posture towards Iran.
Date:
Thursday 17th July 2014

The Conversation: The BRICS plan for a new world order begins with a bank

The Conversation: The BRICS plan for a new world order begins with a bank
Description
Written by Dr Marco Vieira. Could history one day judge the latest BRICS summit as significant as the Bretton Woods conference of 1944? That is the hope of leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa as they meet in the city of Fortaleza, Brazil to establish a new institutional architecture to counter (or maybe complement) the Western-controlled finacial system.
Date:
Thursday 17th July 2014

Podcast: Challenges to emerging and established powers: Brazil and the United Kingdom in the contemporary global order

Podcast: Challenges to emerging and established powers: Brazil and the United Kingdom in the contemporary global order
Description
This workshop organised by Dr Marco Vieira and Dr Jonathan Grix (30-31 May 2014) and hosted by the University of Birmingham aimed to critically examine the prospects of either cooperation or competition between Brazil and the United Kingdom in several dimensions of contemporary global order.
Date:
Friday 20th June 2014

3-year PhD Studentships available in the ICCS

3-year PhD Studentships available in the ICCS
Description
The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) was recently awarded a major grant to develop a new research stream in social neuroscience and international security, building on its vibrant research culture in the fields of trust and cooperation. As part of this project, the ICCS is seeking to appoint a series of new posts, including two new PhD studentships in the areas of Cybersecurity and Social Neuroscience and Security.
Date:
Thursday 19th June 2014

Research profile: Dr Huw Macartney

Research profile: Dr Huw Macartney
Description
Dr Huw Macartney is a political economist whose work is broadly concerned with the politics of banking and financial services. Huw's current research focuses on two big themes: UK and European banking reform following the global financial crisis; and depoliticisation and its relationship to the Eurozone debt crisis.
Date:
Thursday 19th June 2014

Research profile: Professor Nicholas J. Wheeler

Research profile: Professor Nicholas J. Wheeler
Description
Professor Nicholas J. Wheeler is Professor of International Relations and Director of the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation, and Security at the University of Birmingham.
Date:
Thursday 19th June 2014

Video: Dr Christalla Yakinthou at TEDxUniversityofBirmingham

Video: Dr Christalla Yakinthou at TEDxUniversityofBirmingham
Description
Dr Christalla Yakinthou, Birmingham Fellow in the POLSIS gave a talk on "Reaching out to enemy communities after conflict" at the recent TEDx University of Birmingham based around the theme of Throwing Caution to the Wind -- or in other words, risk taking.
Date:
Thursday 19th June 2014

Research profile: Dr Christalla Yakinthou

Research profile: Dr Christalla Yakinthou
Description
Dr Christalla Yakinthou is a political scientist specialising in conflict transformation in deeply divided and post-war countries. She has specific expertise in transitional justice, conflict within societies, and constitutional design.
Date:
Thursday 19th June 2014

Research profile: Professor Stefan Wolff

Research profile: Professor Stefan Wolff
Description
A political scientist by background, Professor Stefan Wolff specialises in the management of contemporary security challenges, especially in the prevention and settlement of ethnic conflicts and civil wars and in post-conflict state-building in deeply divided and war-torn societies.
Date:
Thursday 19th June 2014

POLSIS Academic Researches European Elections in Central and Eastern Europe

POLSIS Academic Researches European Elections in Central and Eastern Europe
Description
Tim Haughton undertook a research trip during the recent European elections visiting party offices, interviewing politicians and activists and collected campaign material in Central and Eastern Europe.
Date:
Wednesday 18th June 2014

Annual CREES Conference Demonstrates the Strength of CREES Expertise

Annual CREES Conference Demonstrates the Strength of CREES Expertise
Description
Staff, students and alumni of CREES plus some specially invited guests gathered at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park for the annual conference of the Centre for Russian and East European Studies (CREES) in June 2014.
Date:
Wednesday 18th June 2014
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