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Italy's looming election: Will the Five Star Movement really form the next government?

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Italy will hold its next general election no later than spring 2018, with Beppe Grillo's Five Star Movement (M5S) currently ahead in most of the recent polling. Daniele Albertazzi argues that despite intense media speculation about what a victory for the M5S could mean for Italy and its participation in the euro, the picture is far from clear and could be altered substantially by current negotiations over the country's electoral law.
Date:
Monday 24th April 2017

Egypt faces rough times ahead: four points on the recent ISIS attacks

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Written by Dr Gerasimos Tsourapas, Lecturer in Middle East Politics. In the most brutal attack against the Egyptian Coptic Christian minority in recent memory, ISIS bombed two churches on 9 April. At least 47 Egyptians were killed in Alexandria and Tanta, a small town in the Nile Delta. ISIS claimed responsibility for planting an explosive device under a seat at Tanta's Saint George's Church and for the suicide bombing at Alexandria's Saint Marks' Coptic Orthodox Cathedral – a few hours later. What does this mean for ISIS, the post-2011 Egypt, and its Coptic community, the largest Christian minority in the Middle East?
Date:
Friday 21st April 2017

Why Russia and the US struggle to understand each other's behaviour

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Written by Kevork Oskanian, Teaching Fellow, University of Birmingham. The future of the relationship between the US and Russia depends on whether the Kremlin can find a way to interpret Trump's motives.
Date:
Friday 14th April 2017

Three fully-funded opportunities for doctoral research with POLSIS staff members

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A number of POLSIS staff members have been successful in securing funding for Ph.D. studentships through the University of Birmingham's Global Challenges Fund. Funding will cover full payment of tuition fees, plus an annual maintenance doctoral stipend at £14,553. Interested students are encouraged to reach out to the potential supervisors ahead of the 28 April 2017 deadline.
Date:
Thursday 13th April 2017

ICCS students join forces with conflict practitioners for annual training programme

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In March 2017, the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security hosted its fourth annual training programme on 'Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation' at the University of Birmingham. The programme brought together current students with delegates from around the world, including from the Czech Republic, Nepal and the United States, to learn about the different approaches to conflict resolution in International Relations.
Date:
Thursday 13th April 2017

National Centre for the study of Security established

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A team of researchers including Dr Cerwyn Moore secured a £4.35 million ESRC award to set up The Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST).
Date:
Wednesday 12th April 2017

What happens after Islamic State?

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The latest issue of CREST Security Review (CSR), guest edited by Birmingham's Dr Cerwyn Moore discusses the future of the region following the decline of Islamic State (IS).
Date:
Wednesday 12th April 2017

Russia's domestic terrorism threat is serious, sophisticated and complex

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Written by Mark Youngman, PhD Candidate, POLSIS and Cerwyn Moore, Senior lecturer in International Relations and Programme Director for the Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats, University of Birmingham. From the Islamic State to North Caucasian rebels and far-right nationalists, Russia is facing overlapping extremist threats.
Date:
Wednesday 5th April 2017

Is violent political protest ever justified?

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Written by Christopher J. Finlay, Reader in Political Theory, University of Birmingham. The idea that violence is acceptable when levelled against tyranny is a core American belief.
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Wednesday 29th March 2017

Third-year POLSIS undergraduate's dissertation benefits from Student Enhancement Fund

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Student Enhancement Fund enabled undergraduate POLSIS student to engage in archival research for his dissertation
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Monday 27th March 2017

FBI's Russia probe threatens a reckoning for team Trump

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Written by Dr Adam Quinn. The slow drip of leaks about the Trump team's Russian connections has given way to something much more threatening.
Date:
Friday 24th March 2017

The Cyber Threat to the United Kingdom: Reality Check

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Written by Gavin E L Hall, Doctoral Researcher. "The corporate level is where the greatest threat exists. Potential perpetrators include nation-states seeking to create instability or economic distress, criminal gangs seeking to gain profit, hacktivists attempting to pursue a specific vendetta and Joe Bloggs citizen because he can."
Date:
Wednesday 22nd March 2017

Podcast: Politics and Economics Departments Debate the End of Globalisation

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A joint seminar organised by POLSIS and the Department of Economics invited an expert panel to debate the economic consequences of recent political upheaval in Europe and the USA.
Date:
Monday 13th March 2017

POLSIS Academic Awarded BA/Leverhulme Grant

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Dr. Gerasimos Tsourapas wins prestigious grant to conduct research on forced migration politics in the Mediterranean.
Date:
Thursday 9th March 2017

2017 undergraduate essay competition - Why (I) learn German

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In collaboration with the Institute for German Studies (University of Birmingham) the Midlands German Network is excited to announce its 2017 undergraduate essay competition.
Date:
Wednesday 8th March 2017

Calling for Expression of Interest - Marie Sklodowska Curie European Fellowships

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Expressions of interest sought for potential Marie Curie European Fellowship in the governance of renewable natural resources in developing countries, working with Dr Fiona Nunan. Deadline for Expressions of Interest is Friday 27 April 2017.
Date:
Wednesday 8th March 2017

POLSIS academic disseminates research to a wider audience

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Dr Sotirios Zartaloudis' article at the LSE's blog EUROPP on the Greek and Portuguese responses to the Eurozone crisis became one of the most popular posts ever to feature on the blog with more than 15,000 views.
Date:
Tuesday 7th March 2017

POLSIS Academic Wins International Studies Association Award

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Dr Gerasimos Tsourapas wins prestigious ISA award for his research on the politics of migration in the Middle East.
Date:
Tuesday 7th March 2017

POLSIS presence strong at 2017 ISA Annual Meeting

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A strong showing of POLSIS researchers at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association.
Date:
Tuesday 7th March 2017

Podcast: From Electoral Despair to Where?: Has Brexit Given the Liberal Democrats a Lifeline?

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Professor David Cutts presented research based on his forthcoming book-length study of the Liberal Democrats to the POLSIS departmental seminar.
Date:
Monday 6th March 2017
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