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Professor Mike Smith speaks on TTIP

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Professor Mike Smith spoke on Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) at an event organized by the Graduate Centre for Europe.
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Wednesday 1st June 2016

Podcast: "The Prince" Among Men: Bismarck, the Psychology of Realism, and International Relations

Podcast: "The Prince" Among Men: Bismarck, the Psychology of Realism, and International Relations
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Speaker: Professor Brian Rathbun (University of Southern California).
Date:
Wednesday 1st June 2016

Experts Examine Political Parties in Europe

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The POLSIS Parties, Voters and Elections Research Group hold a seminar with Distinguished External Speakers to discuss political parties in contemporary Europe.
Date:
Friday 27th May 2016

Nefarious Criminal and Terrorist Uses of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) (Apr 2016 - Apr 2017)

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The focus of this research project is to analyse the threat presented by the revolution in easy access to the air presented by the technological development of small and medium sized Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or "drones". Principal Investigator: Professor David Dunn, Co-Investigator: Dr Christopher M Wyatt.
Date:
Friday 27th May 2016

The UK's chance to lead by example on drones and targeted killing

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"The UK government has a real opportunity to promote a normative regime for the governance of armed drones in line with generally accepted understandings of international law and ethics globally." George May, Research Associate, ICCS.
Date:
Friday 27th May 2016

Islamic State strikes in Assad territory expose his and Russia's weaknesses

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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. By striking deep in Bashar-al Assad's heartland, Islamic State issued a reminder that his regime will never control all of Syria.
Date:
Friday 27th May 2016

Fact Check: would the UK have a veto on Turkey joining the EU?

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Supporters of the campaign for Brexit claim the UK could not veto Turkish accession to the EU. We asked two academics to check the facts. Written Nicole Scicluna, POLSIS.
Date:
Friday 27th May 2016

Subjecthood – A new entry point for critical social inquiry?

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This workshop aimed to answer the question of how the idea of subjecthood can be understood and how it might be conceptualised. In doing so, special attention is to be paid to the fact that any subject of social change is inevitably embedded in a global political economy and its different epistemic frameworks and historical legacies.
Date:
Friday 20th May 2016

Grant Award from the Open Society Foundations

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Professors David Dunn and Nicholas Wheeler have been awarded a grant of $100,000 from the Open Society Foundations for a 2-year project investigating a new (restraining) global consensus on the use of armed drones. The project builds on findings from the Birmingham Policy Commission on the Security Impact of Drones.
Date:
Monday 9th May 2016

How the push to unite South-East Asia against Chinese expansionism could backfire

How the push to unite South-East Asia against Chinese expansionism could backfire
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Written by Scott Edwards. Washington has been trying to corral the ASEAN countries into a unified bloc against China – but it could actually destabilise the region further.
Date:
Monday 9th May 2016

Fact Check: does Britain get its way at the European top table?

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Chris Grayling and Alan Johnson disagree on whether the UK is on the winning side at the EU Council. Two academics assess who is right. Written by Sara Hagemann, London School of Economics and Political Science. Reviewed by Nicole Scicluna, POLSIS.
Date:
Monday 9th May 2016

Student enhancement events - with cake!

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POLSIS is a department committed to delivering the best possible learning experience to students and to help students fulfil their potential. The Academic Enhancement and Innovation Working Group, led by Dr Nicole Scicluna and Dr Lorenzo Cladi was pleased to organise yet another great event for the purpose of student enhancement.
Date:
Thursday 5th May 2016

Podcast: The Next Great Hope: The Humanitarian Initiative and Nuclear Weapons

Podcast: The Next Great Hope: The Humanitarian Initiative and Nuclear Weapons
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Speaker: Dr Jan Ruzicka (University of Aberystwyth), Chair: Professor Nicholas J Wheeler (Director, ICCS).
Date:
Thursday 5th May 2016

Brexit is about more than economics

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Last week The Birmingham Brief looked at Boris Johnson's comments on President Obama's intervention in the Brexit debate. Johnson's comments about Obama's background have received much critical attention, but one unlikely to cause the shift towards the Leave campaign that some of the polls suggest. The politics of Brexit are also important. Obama and the US have their own economic and strategic interests at stake in keeping the EU together.
Date:
Thursday 5th May 2016

European Commissioner Replies to Letter from POLSIS students

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The European Commissioner for Social Policy replied to letter in which students of the POLSIS module Institutions, Politics and Policies of the EU explained their views on the future of European integration in social policy.
Date:
Wednesday 4th May 2016

"Brexit" Attacks President Obama...and Avoids the Issues

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One might be surprised that a prominent British politician would begin a comment about US President Barack Obama with a historical lie. One might not foresee an ethnic slur against the American leader. But that is exactly what happened last week when the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, used The Sun newspaper as a platform to denounce Obama's visit to Britain
Date:
Friday 29th April 2016

Drone Security: Why we need to develop new safety procedures

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"The need to develop new procedures for drones [RPA] to operate safely in or near controlled airspace is a matter requiring urgent attention in order to ensure air safety and to assure public confidence." Birmingham Policy Commission on the Security Impact of Drones: Challenges and Opportunities for the UK, 2014.
Date:
Monday 25th April 2016

Obama's disdain for Europe's 'free riders' makes this an awkward transatlantic trip

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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. Barack Obama's dour disappointment with Europe is far more powerful than his worries about a Brexit.
Date:
Monday 25th April 2016

Blog: What is a Contested Conventions – and What Would One Mean for the GOP?

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Written by Adam Quinn, Senior Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Birmingham.
Date:
Thursday 21st April 2016

Why ASEAN Must Remain Neutral on the South China Sea

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Written by Scott Edwards. Pressure is growing on ASEAN to choose condemnation of China and both explicit and implicit support of the U.S. in the South China Sea.
Date:
Thursday 14th April 2016
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