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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
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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

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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

Why leadership matters

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In order to avoid the anxiety of wondering about the 'what ifs' in life, humans have a tendency to think that things will carry on much as they did before. It's what psychologists term 'continuity bias'. However, 2016 is testimony to the fact that this assumption is not always reflective of events. This year, 'change' was the watchword and changes in political leadership characterised 2016.
Date:
Wednesday 14th December 2016

Crises as opportunities for change and transformation?

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The Political Economy group has been tackling the theme "Crises as opportunities for change and transformation?" in its recent research outputs.
Date:
Wednesday 14th December 2016

Students attend a private briefing with the National Security Advisor

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Students on the third year module 'Strategy and Decisionmaking' were able to attend a private briefing in London with the National Security Advisor, Sir Mark Lyall Grant at the RUSI before being given a tour of the Houses of Parliament.
Date:
Tuesday 13th December 2016

IGS PhD Researcher Wins Award in Hamburg

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Marlene Schrijnders, 3d year PhD researcher at the University of Birmingham, was awarded with the first prize at the Deutscher Historikertag in Hamburg for her poster titled "Endzeitopia".
Date:
Tuesday 13th December 2016

US Election 2016: Clinton v Trump - understanding the result and what happens next

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Speakers: Dr Jacob Parakilas, Assistant Head, US and the Americas Programme, Chatham House: Royal Institute of International Affairs; Dr Maria Ryan, University of Nottingham; Prof. Scott Lucas (POLSIS); Dr Adam Quinn (POLSIS).
Date:
Tuesday 13th December 2016

IDD PhD student wins University's Images of Research 2016/17

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Louis Francis Monroy Santander, Postgraduate Researcher in the International Development department won first place in the 2016/17 Images of Research with a photograph entitled "Resistance to international peace-building: the case of Bosnia-Herzegovina".
Date:
Friday 9th December 2016

Andrew Mitchell, MP Debates the Syrian Crisis

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The Middle East Politics Research Group and POLSIS hosted a talk by Andrew Mitchell, MP, on the Syrian crisis.
Date:
Thursday 8th December 2016
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