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POLSIS MA Study tour visit Brussels, January 2017

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Every year all MA students based within POLSIS have the opportunity to take part in an study trip to Brussels. The group, led by Lorenzo Cladi, Nino Kemoklidze and Chiara Morbi, visited the European Commission, the European Parliament, NATO and the Council of the European Union.
Date:
Wednesday 1st March 2017

POLSIS students visit the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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As exchange students at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, one of our modules; Political Economy of the Middle East; included a "pressure cooker". A pressure cooker is an intense two and a half day assessment, where the class is split into groups and has to develop a 'policy solution' for a 'client'. For our pressure cooker, we had to develop foreign policy advice for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs on a current issue in the Middle East.
Date:
Wednesday 1st March 2017

Podcast: Can Organisations Be Trustworthy?

Podcast: Can Organisations Be Trustworthy?
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Speaker: Professor Katherine Hawley (University of St Andrews), Chair: Dr Jonathan Parry.
Date:
Wednesday 1st March 2017

Alumnus with 20 years of Experience of Political Campaigning talks to POLSIS Students

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Birmingham graduate with extensive experience of political campaigning for the Liberal Democrats shares his insights into running campaigns with undergraduate students.
Date:
Tuesday 28th February 2017

Thies Kaetow - UK Security Expo 2016, London

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The two-day Global Counter Terrorism Conference featured representatives of the UN, Dr. Jehangir Khan, Director of the CTITF and UNCCT and NATO, Dr. Jamie Shae, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, addressing the respective organisations' role in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism.
Date:
Tuesday 28th February 2017

The Intelligence Brief - Rule of Law in Peril: Poland

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Rule of law issues threaten democratic institutions not only in Europe but in the World.
Date:
Tuesday 28th February 2017

University of Birmingham International Model United Nations conference 2017 (UBIMUN)

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School Enhancement Fund supports The University of Birmingham International Model United Nations conference 2017 (UBIMUN).
Date:
Tuesday 28th February 2017

POLSIS Staff Help Royal Shakespeare Company with a briefing on democracy and participation

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POLSIS Academics were invited to the Royal Shakespeare Company to discuss with theatre makers about democracy and participation.
Date:
Tuesday 21st February 2017

Podcast: The Brexit Negotiations: An EU Perspective

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Speakers: Jacqueline Minor, European Commission's Head of Representation and Professor Martin Trybus, Birmingham Law School, Professor of European Law and Policy. Chair: Jamie Gaskarth, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
Date:
Wednesday 8th February 2017

Podcast: The Disappearance of the Battlefield in the Age of Global Targeting

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Speaker: Dr Antoine Bousquet (Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Birkbeck College, London).
Date:
Thursday 2nd February 2017

Podcast: Social Trust in International Relations

Podcast: Social Trust in International Relations
Description
Speaker: Dr Vince Keating (University of Southern Denmark).
Date:
Tuesday 31st January 2017

Political Parties Expert Delivers Seminar on Radical Right-Wing Political Parties

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Professor Sarah de Lange (University of Amsterdam) visited POLSIS to present her research on radical right-wing populist parties in Europe.
Date:
Tuesday 31st January 2017

Podcast: From Europe's troubled periphery to security provider: Albanian Foreign Policy in regional and European context

Description
Deputy Foreign Minister of Albania, Dr Odeta Barbullushi, who studied for a PhD at the University of Birmingham spoke to staff and students about the security threats facing her country and the wider Western Balkans region.
Date:
Tuesday 31st January 2017

Podcast: Education and Peace-Building in Deeply Divided Societies

Podcast: Education and Peace-Building in Deeply Divided Societies
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Speaker: Dr Giuditta Fontana (University of Birmingham). Education reform is often hailed as a panacea after civil wars: it is expected to reformulate identities, heal the wounds of war, reconcile future citizens, and include the formerly marginalised into the political, cultural and economic institutions of the state. But which education reforms are promoted in peace agreements in practice? And how do schools foster peace and stability after civil wars?
Date:
Friday 27th January 2017

The imminent partition of Syria

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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. After nearly six years of uprising, conflict and chaos, the partition of Syria is imminent. President Bashar al-Assad will of course rail against it; his crucial ally Iran will probably resist too, and the marginalised US won't even acknowledge the prospect. But the lines are nonetheless being drawn.
Date:
Thursday 26th January 2017

Latest POLSIS publications show breadth of research

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2016 was a banner year for high-profile publications by POLSIS staff, offering cutting-edge analysis on areas from China to Syria and on topics from security to totalitarianism to gender and political economy.
Date:
Thursday 22nd December 2016

ICCS launches new MSc degree for 2017

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The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS), in partnership with the Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS), is delighted to announce the introduction of a new MSc degree in the Political Psychology of International Relations.
Date:
Tuesday 20th December 2016

Stop the drama: Italy's referendum outcome will not lead to the break-up of the EU

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In the aftermath of Italy's referendum and of Matteo Renzi's resignation, a new government has taken office in Italy, led by former FM Paolo Gentiloni. What does the future hold for Italy and for the EU? Reflecting on media coverage of the referendum, Daniele Albertazzi takes issue with the hyperbole that has characterised much of the commentary, arguing that in spite of the country's many problems, Italy is still capable of holding a referendum without bringing the whole European edifice down.
Date:
Thursday 15th December 2016

School Enhancement Fund supports Student attendance at international training seminar

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Thanks to funds from the School of Government's Student Enhancement Fund I was able to participate in an Executive Training Seminar on parliaments in regional organisations at the European University Institute in Florence.
Date:
Wednesday 14th December 2016

Tackling the UN's Sustainable Development Goals head-on

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Recent graduate Sarah Njenga spent two weeks in the US this summer immersing herself in the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
Date:
Wednesday 14th December 2016
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