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NATO looks healthier than expected – but trouble is brewing

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Written by Mark Webber, University of Birmingham. While Donald Trump's disdain for the alliance has apparently abated, the future is still disturbing.
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Thursday 25th May 2017

NHS ransomware cyber-attack was preventable

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Written by Conor Deane-McKenna, University of Birmingham. NHS data is being held to ransom by criminals. This the mother of all wake-up calls.
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Friday 19th May 2017

'Strong and Stable' versus 'for the Many not the Few'

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Written by Professor David Cutts, Professor of Political Science. "If May succeeds in winning vast numbers of working class voters over it will be because of her and her alone not because of a wholehearted conversion towards the 'Conservative' brand. As such, if the worst case election scenario for Labour occurs, any talk of their long term future must bear in mind that their popularity could turn around pretty quickly if trust, credibility and competence are restored."
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Thursday 18th May 2017

Power Transition in the Asia-Pacific: managing perceptions and trust in the 'Grey Zone'

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The Asia Research Group and The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) at the University of Birmingham hosted a workshop (Wednesday 10 May 2017) to examine recent efforts by key Asia-Pacific actors to shape perceptions using multiple instruments of national power, in what has been called the "Grey Zone" between peace and war.
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Tuesday 16th May 2017

Labour's core support schism

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Fewer than half of people who voted Labour in 2010 plan to back the party in June. Written by Matthew Goodwin, Professor of political science at the University of Kent and David Cutts, Professor of political science at the University of Birmingham.
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Monday 15th May 2017

Roundtable on the UK general election

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The first of a series of roundtables organised by the School of Government and Society at the University of Birmingham. The event provides some initial reflections on issues raised in the campaign so far as well as the broader political significance of the election.
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Monday 15th May 2017

Power Transition in the Asia-Pacific: managing perceptions and trust in the 'Grey Zone'

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Tsering Topgyal and Julie Gilson, Asia Research Group, Department of Political Science and International Studies, teamed up with Nicholas Wright, ICCS, to bring together Asia-Pacific specialists from around UK to explore issues of trust and perception in the context of power transition in the Asia-Pacific region.
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Monday 15th May 2017

Fieldwork report: Lebanon

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In April 2017, Dr Giuditta Fontana visited Lebanon to interview journalists, museum curators and educationalists in connection with her Leverhulme-funded project.
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Friday 12th May 2017

IGS / Peter Lang 2017 invite submission for their Early Career Researcher Prize in German Studies

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The Institute for German Studies at the University of Birmingham and Peter Lang Oxford invite submissions for their 2017 Early Career Researcher Prize in German Studies.
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Wednesday 10th May 2017

How can Northern Ireland tackle its growing list of challenges?

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Dawn Walsh considers the role of independent commissions in promoting power-sharing in Northern Ireland.
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Thursday 4th May 2017

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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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).
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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.
Date:
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
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