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Student report: John Allison, Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation training programme with ICCS (2017)

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Thanks to funds from the School of Government's Student Enhancement Fund, I was able to participate in a 5-day training programme in Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation.
Date:
Thursday 8th June 2017

Student report: Ciaran McDiamond, BA International Relations and Political Science with Year Abroad

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Whilst on my year abroad at The University of Hong Kong I was lucky enough to take part on a study visit to The Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (North Korea).
Date:
Thursday 8th June 2017

POLSIS Annual Staff vs. Undergraduates Football Match

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The annual POLSIS staff vs student football game took place on Wednesday 31 May 2017.
Date:
Thursday 8th June 2017

Populists are not taking over Europe, but neither are they on the way out

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Written by Dr Daniele Albertazzi, Senior Lecturer in European Politics. "The time has therefore come to take populists seriously as builders of organizations, shapers of political agendas and, increasingly, as parties in power. Their success may be far from inevitable, but they are definitely here to stay."
Date:
Friday 2nd June 2017

ICCS success at the 6th annual Doctoral Research Awards

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Donatella Bonansinga was awarded an Honourable Mention for her doctoral research project at the Doctoral Research Awards hosted by the Association of British Turkish Academics.
Date:
Thursday 1st June 2017

With Trump leaving on his first foreign trip, here are 4 lessons about face-to-face diplomacy

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By Marcus Holmes and Nicholas J. Wheeler for the Washington Post. On Friday, President Trump departs on his first foreign trip. Over the course of nine days, he'll meet many leaders face-to-face for the first time, including key NATO leaders.
Date:
Thursday 1st June 2017

'General Election: Student Voices' - special episode of the Political Worldview podcast

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Political Worldview has a special 'Student Voices' episode, out now! We're joined by four current Birmingham students to talk about the UK election from their perspective: the parties, the policies, the social media echo-chamber, and the vexed question of why youth turnout isn't higher.
Date:
Thursday 1st June 2017

The Manchester attack: what do the security measures mean for the UK moving forward?

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Written by Professor David Hastings Dunn, Professor in International Politics. "With this level of activity questions need to be asked whether enough is being done to resource the Police and Intelligence Agencies for the considerable challenge that they face. This is true not just in tracking the potential perpetrators of actual plots but also in educating the public and potential family members in what to look for in a radicalized and alienated individual."
Date:
Friday 26th May 2017

Graduate Centre for Europe reassessed Britain's relations with Europe during its 11th Annual Conference

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Graduate Centre for Europe reassessed Britain's relations with Europe during its 11th Annual Conference.
Date:
Friday 26th May 2017

May's Mid-Campaign Wobble or Something More Serious?

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Written by Professor David Cutts, Professor of Political Science. "The result could be a double-whammy blow to the Conservatives: losses to the Liberal Democrats and Labour hanging on to more marginal seats than was widely expected. So it will be interesting to see whether the consequences of May's social care u-turn will be reflected not only in increasing support for Labour but also for the Liberal Democrats."
Date:
Thursday 25th May 2017

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.
Date:
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.
Date:
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."
Date:
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.
Date:
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.
Date:
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.
Date:
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.
Date:
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.
Date:
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.
Date:
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.
Date:
Thursday 4th May 2017
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