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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

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

School Enhancement Fund supports Student attendance at Model UN

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The London International MUN HS took place this weekend where 100 high school students engaged in a simulation of the different committees at the UN. Through the different sessions they were able to come up with high-quality resolutions portraying their commitment and developing their diplomatic skills.
Date:
Thursday 8th December 2016

Aris Yunandar, The 6th Prague Conference on Southeast Asia Studies

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With the funding from the POLSIS Student Enhancement funds, Aris Yunandar have traveled to Prague to present his paper in a forum full of scholars in Southeast Asia Studies
Date:
Thursday 8th December 2016

International Political Economy Guest Lecture 'Doing IPE Research'

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Professor Mat Watson (Warwick), Dr Sophie Harman (Queen Mary), and Dr Megan Daigle (Aberystwyth) gave a Guest Lecture on 'Doing IPE Research' (27 October 2016).
Date:
Thursday 1st December 2016

Distinguished Scholar on Political Parties Gives Talks to Staff and Students

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Professor Susan Scarrow (University of Houston) visited Birmingham to give a special lecture to students, talk about postgraduate study in the US and deliver a public lecture on party organization.
Date:
Thursday 1st December 2016

Introducing the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS)

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The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) at the University of Birmingham promotes a multi-disciplinary and multi-dimensional approach to global security challenges.
Date:
Thursday 1st December 2016

Academic visitor from Brazil in POLSIS

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Professor Henrique Zeferino de Menezes, Head of the Department of International Relations at the Federal University of Paraiba, Brazil, is currently in POLSIS as a visiting fellow until January 2017.
Date:
Friday 4th November 2016

Parliaments and Legislatures One-day conference: a great success!

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Our conference on Parliaments and Legislatures was a fantastic event with a range of academic panels, a practitioner roundtable, a poster exhibition, and our annual lecture from the Clerk of the House of Commons, David Natzler.
Date:
Tuesday 1st November 2016

Focusing on trust in global conflict

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Many parts of the world are caught up in conflict today. From the Syrian civil war to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian dispute, to tension with Russia, and to Africa's turmoil from South Sudan to the Democratic Republic of Congo, conflict has continuing and lasting impact on countless lives. Twenty-five years after the end of the Cold War, the hoped-for "international order" seems distant. The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) aspires to offer some answers.
Date:
Tuesday 1st November 2016

Brexit: engaging real-time challenges as they unfold

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UK politics and society has been dominated for much of 2016 by the discussion about Brexit, both before the 23 June 2016 referendum and after the monumental outcome to leave the European Union.
Date:
Tuesday 1st November 2016
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