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Britain & Beyond Feature: How Dangerous are Drones to Aircraft?

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Questions have arisen over the safety of drone flights after a series of near-misses with aircraft in Britain. Ray Mann, a specialist on aerial systems, and David Dunn of the University of Birmingham join BBC West Midlands Radio to discuss the possible threat, as the US says there have been 700 near-misses in America in the past year.
Date:
Wednesday 30th September 2015

Funded PhD Studentship: Cybersecurity

Funded PhD Studentship: Cybersecurity
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The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) invites applications for a 3-year studentship to undertake a PhD within the area of Cybersecurity and global politics.
Date:
Friday 18th September 2015

Podcast: Researching Drones: Perspectives, Practicalities, and Problems

Podcast: Researching Drones: Perspectives, Practicalities, and Problems
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Key note: Peter Lee- Drone warriors and morality: Exploring the formation of ethical subjectivity in the UK's Reaper operators.
Date:
Wednesday 16th September 2015

ESRC PhD studentships

ESRC PhD studentships
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The School of Government and Society invites applications for fully-funded ESRC studentships for postgraduate research beginning in September 2015.
Date:
Tuesday 15th September 2015

Corbyn could save Labour from electoral wipeout

Corbyn could save Labour from electoral wipeout
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Written by Chris Game, Honorary Senior Lecturer, INLOGOV. If Labour can turn its fiasco of a leadership election into a voter registration drive, it can push back against a rigged system.
Date:
Monday 14th September 2015

Mission impossible: Juncker calls for a more political EU

Mission impossible: Juncker calls for a more political EU
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Written by George Kyris. The European Commission president believes more integration and cooperation is the solution to Europe's many problems. But it's hard to see this happening.
Date:
Monday 14th September 2015

Cameron's Syria drone strike 'revelation' is a diversion

Cameron's Syria drone strike 'revelation' is a diversion
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Written by Scott Lucas. The Cameron government has announced it killed two British citizens in a drone strike in Syria. Was the announcement timed for maximum impact?
Date:
Friday 11th September 2015

POLSIS Alumnus Gives POLSIS Head of Department Special Tour of the United Nations

POLSIS Alumnus Gives POLSIS Head of Department Special Tour of the United Nations
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Former POLSIS student, His Excellency Dr Percaya, the Indonesian Ambassador to the United Nations Gives POLSIS Head of Department a Special Tour of the UN Building in New York.
Date:
Monday 31st August 2015

Former POLSIS Student Wins Diplomat of the Year

Former POLSIS Student Wins Diplomat of the Year
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Former POLSIS student, Kevin M. Isaac was awarded Diplomat of the Year for North America and the Caribbean at the Diplomat Magazine Annual Awards Ceremony.
Date:
Monday 31st August 2015

Why Alexis Tsipras has called a snap election in Greece

Why Alexis Tsipras has called a snap election in Greece
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Written by Sotirios Zartaloudis. After 206 turbulent days in power, Alexis Tsipras now presides over a coalition in tatters.
Date:
Monday 24th August 2015

US election descends into a circus with first Republican debate

US election descends into a circus with first Republican debate
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Written by Scott Lucas. The ten candidates who made it onto Fox News's debate stage ranged from the serious to the seriously off-base.
Date:
Monday 10th August 2015

Sociology student wins prestigious award

Sociology student wins prestigious award
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Graduating Sociology student Joe Taylor wins prestigious Michael Sheppard Award, for his academic and extra-curricular achievements at Birmingham.
Date:
Saturday 1st August 2015

Another Year of Impressive Year of Student Performance in POLSIS

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Yet again POLSIS Students performed well in their exams and assessed work in 2014-15.
Date:
Friday 31st July 2015

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
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