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Startling new concessions made by Syria's desperate president

Startling new concessions made by Syria's desperate president
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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. Assad is running out of options – and he seems to be admitting it for the first time.
Date:
Wednesday 29th July 2015

Podcast: Smart, smart, and many versus few and bespoke: Will small drones shift the character of conflict?

Podcast: Smart, smart, and many versus few and bespoke: Will small drones shift the character of conflict?
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Speaker: Dr Thomas X Hammes, Distinguished Research Fellow, Center for Strategic Research, Institute of National Strategic Studies. The convergence of artificial intelligence, drone technology, and additive manufacturing are making the advent of swarms of small, autonomous drones a reality. Their debut on the battlefield will dramatically change the character of war in air, land, space, and sea domains.
Date:
Friday 24th July 2015

How Brazil and Argentina defused their nuclear rivalry

How Brazil and Argentina defused their nuclear rivalry
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Nicholas John Wheeler, University of Birmingham and Matias Spektor, Fundação Getúlio Vargas. Latin America's two biggest players spent much of the 1980s in a low-grade arms race – and they both had nuclear aspirations. How did they manage to diffuse the tension?
Date:
Monday 20th July 2015

Iran nuclear deal is built on trust as well as verification

Iran nuclear deal is built on trust as well as verification
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Written by Joshua Baker and Professor Nicholas J. Wheeler. Announcing the nuclear deal agreed this week between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the so-called E3+3 (the EU3 of France, Germany and the United Kingdom plus the United States, Russia, and China), US President Barack Obama declared: 'This deal is not built on trust, it is built on verification.'
Date:
Friday 17th July 2015

What the Iran nuclear deal means – and what it doesn't

What the Iran nuclear deal means – and what it doesn't
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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. So there's now a real plan to sort out Iran's nuclear programme. What about all its other problems?
Date:
Thursday 16th July 2015

Greece: a Europe forged in one crisis may have laid the foundations for the next

Greece: a Europe forged in one crisis may have laid the foundations for the next
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Written by Dr George Kyris. What might feel like a victory this morning for eurozone leaders and lenders has only served to feed a eurosceptic beast.
Date:
Tuesday 14th July 2015

South Sudan's viability requires an honest answer to avert further disaster

South Sudan's viability requires an honest answer to avert further disaster
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Written by Professor Stefan Wolff. South Sudan's independence in 2011, which ended half a century of deadly conflict, was met with much praise. But a descent into civil war has led to dismay and suggests fresh thinking is required.
Date:
Friday 10th July 2015

Greece votes No: experts respond

Greece votes No: experts respond
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Written by Costas Milas, University of Liverpool; George Kyris, University of Birmingham; James Arvanitakis, University of Western Sydney; Nikos Papastergiadis, University of Melbourne; Remy Davison, Monash University; Richard Holden, UNSW Australia; Ross Buckley, UNSW Australia, and Sofia Vasilopoulou, University of York. Academic experts respond to the No vote in Greece's referendum on whether or not to accept a bailout offer from their international creditors.
Date:
Monday 6th July 2015

Syriza risks an EU exit in a referendum wracked with problems

Syriza risks an EU exit in a referendum wracked with problems
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Written by Dr Sotirios Zartaloudis. Greeks face a big dilemma in the July 5 referendum. It's been badly organised, democratically questionable and there's a great deal at stake.
Date:
Monday 6th July 2015

The dangerous gamble that could spark full-scale conflict in Ukraine

The dangerous gamble that could spark full-scale conflict in Ukraine
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Written by Professor Stefan Wolff and Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University). Ukraine is giving Russia two options – and neither is likely to end well.
Date:
Friday 3rd July 2015

Europe is heading towards constitutional crisis, with or without Greece

Europe is heading towards constitutional crisis, with or without Greece
Description
Written by Dr Nicole Scicluna. Five years of turmoil shows the union rests on shaky legal foundations.
Date:
Friday 3rd July 2015

Day of terror reminds us that extremism must be a problem shared

Day of terror reminds us that extremism must be a problem shared
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff. Attacks in France, Kuwait and Tunisia come against a backdrop of increasing extremist violence across the world.
Date:
Monday 29th June 2015

Syria's opposition is trapped in a life-threatening fuel crisis

Syria's opposition is trapped in a life-threatening fuel crisis
Description
Written by Professor Scott Lucas. With both Islamic State and Assad cutting off its fuel supplies, the Syrian opposition is struggling to survive.
Date:
Monday 22nd June 2015

Birmingham academics present research findings in Parliament

Birmingham academics present research findings in Parliament
Description
Leading academics from the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security presented findings from their research project on 'The Political Effects of UAVs' to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Drones.
Date:
Friday 19th June 2015

Rogue bankers join the welfare cheats on Osborne hit list

Rogue bankers join the welfare cheats on Osborne hit list
Description
Written by Dr Huw Macartney. More than just a piece of clever rhetoric, the government is making genuine changes to regulating the financial services industry.
Date:
Friday 19th June 2015

Students Win the Annual Staff-Student Football Match

Students Win the Annual Staff-Student Football Match
Description
In one of the highlights of football calendar staff and students battled it out in the annual POLSIS staff-student game last week.
Date:
Thursday 18th June 2015

Jason Rezaian trial: journalists cannot expect justice in Iran

Jason Rezaian trial: journalists cannot expect justice in Iran
Description
Written by Professor Scott Lucas. The trial of an American journalist in Iran was a craven farce – and a reminder of the brutality with which Tehran still treats journalists.
Date:
Wednesday 3rd June 2015

IGS podcast: Is Germany to blame? Perceptions of Germany during the Eurocrisis

IGS podcast: Is Germany to blame? Perceptions of Germany during the Eurocrisis
Description
As part of its research project, '(Not) Made in Germany? Imagining Germany from the Outside', the Institute for German Studies will be welcoming Joachim Schild and Dieter Berckvens (University of Trier), presented their work.
Date:
Friday 29th May 2015

Podcast: Emancipation without agenda? – The recovery of non-Western subjecthood and its implications for the study of world politics

Podcast: Emancipation without agenda? – The recovery of non-Western subjecthood and its implications for the study of world politics
Description
This discussion assembled scholars from different fields and of diverse regional expertise to present the different forms of non-Western subjecthood that they identify or envisage in order to discuss the possibility and constellations of non-Western subjecthood and corresponding forms of agency. The event thus made an attempt to link recent theoretical debates about a 'post-Western' IR with insights from other disciplines to show how post-colonial agency operates both within the framework of the international state system, but also appears in more diffuse and less obvious ways that serve to challenge and re-shape this system.
Date:
Friday 22nd May 2015

Blog: Do select committees deserve 'universal praise'?

Blog: Do select committees deserve 'universal praise'?
Description
In this post, Dr Stephen Bates and Dr Mark Goodwin argue that a more rounded evaluation of Select Committees is needed to assess whether they deserve 'universal praise'.
Date:
Friday 22nd May 2015
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