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Pre-Masters in International Development and Relations

Description
The aim of the two-year full-time pre-Masters programme is to provide an entry route into our MA/MSc courses in International Development and Relations for students who do not have the traditional requirements for direct entry to the programme. Find out more about our Pre-Masters in International Development and Relations.
Date:
Wednesday 16th December 2015

CREST Commissioning Announcement - Research for understanding, mitigating and countering security threats

CREST Commissioning Announcement - Research for understanding, mitigating and countering security threats
Description
The UK Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats wishes to commission a programme of research that addresses some of the current threats to national and international security. Find out more about the details of the Call Specification.
Date:
Tuesday 15th December 2015

The Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST)

The Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST)
Description
The UK's security and intelligence agencies, in partnership with the UK's Economic and Social Research Council, are funding a new independent academic centre focused on behavioural and social science to counter and mitigate threats.
Date:
Tuesday 15th December 2015

Indonesia's struggle to end corruption is hitting snag after snag

Indonesia's struggle to end corruption is hitting snag after snag
Description
Written by Scott Edwards. A dynamic new president promised Indonesians sweeping reform of a rotten system. Instead, all they've gotten are baby steps.
Date:
Tuesday 15th December 2015

Joint Committee on Human Rights publishes written evidence from ICCS academics

Joint Committee on Human Rights publishes written evidence from ICCS academics
Description
On 18th November, the Joint Committee on Human Rights published written evidence submitted by Professors David Dunn and Nicholas Wheeler in response to the call issued by the inquiry on the UK Government's policy on the use of drones for targeted killing.
Date:
Tuesday 1st December 2015

Distinguished Former Diplomat Gives Special Guest Lecture

Distinguished Former Diplomat Gives Special Guest Lecture
Description
Distinguished former Diplomat Sir Francis Richards gave a special guest lecture to the Diplomacy and Statecraft Master Students.
Date:
Tuesday 1st December 2015

Podcast: Arming the Rebels: International Ethics and the Question of Justified Armed Revolt

Podcast: Arming the Rebels: International Ethics and the Question of Justified Armed Revolt
Description
Speakers: Chris Finlay (POLSIS) and James Pattison (Manchester).
Date:
Monday 30th November 2015

Academics in POLSIS and Economics Host Brexit Panel Discussion

Academics in POLSIS and Economics Host Brexit Panel Discussion
Description
As part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, University of Birmingham academics organized a high profile panel discussion on Britain and the EU.
Date:
Friday 27th November 2015

POLSIS Autumn Seminar Series Discusses Broad Range of Topical Issues

POLSIS Autumn Seminar Series Discusses Broad Range of Topical Issues
Description
The latest seminars in the POLSIS departmental series focused on terrorism, legacies, prime ministerial accountability, Sino-Indian relations, the Ukraine crisis and the use of international relations theory.
Date:
Friday 27th November 2015

POLSIS Staff Member Wins Teaching Award

POLSIS Staff Member Wins Teaching Award
Description
Julian Pänke has been awarded a University of Birmingham Teaching Academy Award for Educational Enhancement and Innovation.
Date:
Thursday 26th November 2015

Intersecting Discourses on Migration in the UK, Germany and Russia

Intersecting Discourses on Migration in the UK, Germany and Russia
Description
This conference on Thursday 05 November 2015 explored immigration and migrant integration discourses and their influences on policy-making. The focus was on three countries: the UK, Germany and Russia.
Date:
Wednesday 25th November 2015

Skopje Honours Its Daughter Mother Teresa

Skopje Honours Its Daughter Mother Teresa
Description
Dr Gëzim Alpion was a keynote speaker at the symposium "Skopje Honours Its Daughter Mother Teresa", which took place in Skopje on 12 September 2015. The event which was attended by Mother Teresa scholars from the United Kingdom, Albania, Kosova, and Macedonia, members of the diplomatic corps accredited to Skopje, politicians, religious personalities, and media representatives, was covered widely in the Balkans and generated a number of articles in India and the UK.
Date:
Friday 20th November 2015

The Geneva summit thawed the Cold War – so why have we squandered its legacy?

The Geneva summit thawed the Cold War – so why have we squandered its legacy?
Description
Written by Professor Nicholas J. Wheeler and Professor David H. Dunn, University of Birmingham. 30 years ago, Reagan and Gorbachev ushered in a new era of cordial relations. It's time to recapture that spirit.
Date:
Friday 20th November 2015

Podcast: Russian adventurism under Putin: Lessons from Ukraine and Syria

Podcast: Russian adventurism under Putin: Lessons from Ukraine and Syria
Description
Speaker: Ambassador Jack Matlock. During his 35 years in the American Foreign Service (1956-1991), Jack Matlock served as Ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1987 to 1991, Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for European and Soviet Affairs on the National Security Council Staff from 1983 until 1986, and Ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1981 to 1983. Before his appointment to Moscow as Ambassador, Mr. Matlock served three tours at the American Embassy in the Soviet Union between 1961 and 1981.
Date:
Friday 20th November 2015

Podcast: Overcoming a lack of trust to facilitate peace agreements in divided societies

Podcast: Overcoming a lack of trust to facilitate peace agreements in divided societies
Description
Speaker: Dr Dawn Walsh (University of Birmingham). This paper focuses on peace agreements which include an element of territorial self-government (TSG). Using international examples including Northern Ireland and Bosnia this paper demonstrates that a lack of trust between conflict parties necessitated the inclusion of a range of guarantee mechanisms which increased confidence that the TSG element of the peace agreement would be respected.
Date:
Friday 20th November 2015

Paris attacks: how effective has the military response been?

Paris attacks: how effective has the military response been?
Description
Written by Professor Scott Lucas. After the terrorist atrocity, Western powers pledged to strike back at Islamic State. They will need to do more than rattle sabres.
Date:
Thursday 19th November 2015

The life of 'Jihadi John': how one man became the symbol of Islamic State

The life of 'Jihadi John': how one man became the symbol of Islamic State
Description
Written by Professor Scott Lucas. US and UK claim the man who bragged about decapitating western hostages has probably been killed in an airstrike.
Date:
Monday 16th November 2015

Rhys Crilley Wins the ISAICOMM 2016 Best Paper Award

Rhys Crilley Wins the ISAICOMM 2016 Best Paper Award
Description
The ISAICOMM Book Award Selection Committee has chosen to honour Rhys Crilley, a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Birmingham, for his paper, "Through the Mud and the Blood to the Chatroom Beyond: The British Army on Facebook 2009-2012." Crilley's paper was nominated for this award from a pool of approximately 150 papers presented at 33 different ISAICOMM section panels during ISA 2015 in New Orleans.
Date:
Friday 13th November 2015

IGS podcast: '"Lay Down Your Arms!" Anti-War Writing in German-Speaking Countries, 1905‒1924'

IGS podcast: '"Lay Down Your Arms!" Anti-War Writing in German-Speaking Countries, 1905‒1924'
Description
Speaker: Professor Ritchie Robertson (University of Oxford)
Date:
Thursday 12th November 2015

Syria: is Putin preparing to dump Assad?

Syria: is Putin preparing to dump Assad?
Description
Written by Professor Scott Lucas. Moscow's mixed messages on the future of the Syrian president is fuelling speculation that it might be preparing to desert its long-term ally.
Date:
Friday 6th November 2015
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