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The Syria 'ceasefire' deal is no such thing – it's cover for the US and Russia

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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. The agreement so enthusiastically received by the world is less a leap forward than a cynical act of self-preservation.
Date:
Friday 26th February 2016

Blog: Neoliberalism and its Forgotten Alternative

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Written by David Ridley is a Doctoral Researcher, POLSIS. Criticisms of neoliberalism are proliferating, not just within the political and academic left, but within mainstream public opinion as well. Everywhere, people are beginning to seriously doubt whether markets will be able to produce another extended period of sustained growth, or whether they will solve the world's current problems or merely exacerbate them. Liberal economists are pointing to the increasing inequality caused by 30 years of neoliberalism in the west.
Date:
Thursday 25th February 2016

Blog: The Importance of Scooby-Doo to the Provision of Security in the Cyber Environment

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In the first week of July I was fortunate enough to attend the annual Cyber Conference at Chatham House, writes Gavin Hall. Two significant trends became apparent, which enable the exploration of a long muted metaphor, of mine, for cyber-security: at the end of every episode of Scooby-Doo the 'monster' is unmasked and a human is revealed to be behind the incident.
Date:
Tuesday 16th February 2016

Blog: The Importance of Scooby-Doo to the Provision of Security in the Cyber Environment

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Written by Gavin Hall. In the first week of July 2015 I was fortunate enough to attend the annual Cyber Conference at Chatham House, writes Gavin Hall. Two significant trends became apparent, which enable the exploration of a long muted metaphor, of mine, for cyber-security: at the end of every episode of Scooby-Doo the 'monster' is unmasked and a human is revealed to be behind the incident.
Date:
Monday 15th February 2016

Blog: Hard Evidence: this is the Age of Dissent – and there's much more to come

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Written by David Bailey, lecturer in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham provides a fascinating insight into how the nature of protest has changed.
Date:
Tuesday 9th February 2016

Iowa caucuses: Rubio's the real winner – and the Democrats will stay united

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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. The Republican establishment looks like it has finally found its man.
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Thursday 4th February 2016

POLSIS MA Study tour visit Brussels, January 2016

POLSIS MA Study tour visit Brussels, January 2016
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Every year all MA students based within POLSIS have the opportunity to take part in an study trip to Brussels. The group, led by Lorenzo Cladi, Nino Kemoklidze and Chiara Morbi, visited the European Commission, the European Parliament, NATO and the Council of the European Union.
Date:
Monday 1st February 2016

Birmingham Policy Commissioners give evidence to the Human Rights Committee Inquiry on 'the UK Government's policy on the use of drones for targeted killing'

Birmingham Policy Commissioners give evidence to the Human Rights Committee Inquiry on 'the UK Government's policy on the use of drones for targeted killing'
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On 09 December, Birmingham Policy Commission Chair, Sir David Omand and Commissioner Jennifer Gibson, were asked to give evidence at the first session of the Parliamentary Human Rights Committee inquiry on 'the UK Government's policy on the use of drones for targeted killing'.
Date:
Thursday 28th January 2016

Win a free place on the 2016 ICCS training programme

Win a free place on the 2016 ICCS training programme
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To coincide with this year's training programme in Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation, the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security has launched a competition to offer a free place on the 5-day programme, worth £300.
Date:
Wednesday 27th January 2016

IGS podcast: 25 Years of German Unification

IGS podcast: 25 Years of German Unification
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Speakers: Dr Tereza Novotna (Université Libre de Bruxelles): 'How Germany Unified and the EU Enlarged: Negotiating the Accession through Transplantation and Adaptation'. Professor Chloe Paver (University of Exeter): 'Emotions and Everyday Life in Museums of GDR History and Culture'. Chair: Dr Isabelle Hertner (IGS).
Date:
Tuesday 26th January 2016

IGS podcast: 'Writing La Serenissima: Identity, Willpower and Performance in Rilke's Idea of Venice'

IGS podcast: 'Writing La Serenissima: Identity, Willpower and Performance in Rilke's Idea of Venice'
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Speaker: Professor Robert Vilain (University of Bristol).
Date:
Tuesday 26th January 2016

IGS podcast: Whose War? Whose Memory? Teaching the First World War in International Perspective

IGS podcast: Whose War? Whose Memory? Teaching the First World War in International Perspective
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Speakers: Professor Eckhardt Fuchs (TU Braunschweig); Dr Catriona Pennell (University of Exeter); Peter Glasgow (Peace Pledge Union).
Date:
Tuesday 26th January 2016

Podcast: Nuclear strategy in the cyber age: new challenges for the ultimate weapon

Podcast: Nuclear strategy in the cyber age: new challenges for the ultimate weapon
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Speaker: Dr Andrew Futter (Senior Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Leicester).
Date:
Tuesday 26th January 2016

Podcast: What's Wrong with NATO and How to Fix It

Podcast: What's Wrong with NATO and How to Fix It
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Speaker: Professor Mark Webber (University of Birmingham).
Date:
Tuesday 26th January 2016

Geneva Summit: 30th Anniversary Conference

Geneva Summit: 30th Anniversary Conference
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The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security invited scholars and practitioners to reflect on the legacy of the meeting between Reagan and Gorbachev, exploring what went right, what went wrong, and assessing the prognosis for the future. The central focus of this event was to address the question of how trust was developed between the two leaders, why the relationship has broken down in the intervening years, and whether trust can be restored given the current state of US-Russia relations.
Date:
Friday 22nd January 2016

Blog: #Gymlife: does Instagram's fitness trend have the potential to negatively impact female body image?

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Written by Milly Morris. In this post Milly Morris examines #Gymlife and whether all the self-infatuation on Instagram help to reinforce stereotypes of the perfect female form.
Date:
Tuesday 19th January 2016

How Iran's hardliners still threaten the nuclear deal

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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. The sanctions are being lifted, the economy is opening up – and Tehran's conservatives are furious.
Date:
Monday 18th January 2016

Iraq's battle for Ramadi isn't just about defeating Islamic State

Iraq's battle for Ramadi isn't just about defeating Islamic State
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Written by Professor Scott Lucas and Balsam Mustafa. Iraq looks to have a good chance of retaking the capital of Anbar province from Islamic State. But what comes next?
Date:
Monday 18th January 2016

Hard Evidence: this is the Age of Dissent – and there's much more to come

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Written by Dr David J. Bailey. There were more protests in Britain last year than at any time since the 1970s.
Date:
Monday 18th January 2016

Jakarta attacks: is Islamic State's presence in South-East Asia overstated?

Jakarta attacks: is Islamic State's presence in South-East Asia overstated?
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Written by Scott Edwards. IS has claimed a wave of deadly bombings and shootings in Jakarta, but its long-feared Asian campaign is yet to materialise in earnest.
Date:
Monday 18th January 2016
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