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Two miracles and 19 years later: why Mother Teresa's journey to sainthood took so long

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Written by Gëzim Alpion. Called a saint in her lifetime, it has not been a straightforward process to canonise Mother Teresa.
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Thursday 1st September 2016

Podcast: Is the UK more secure inside or outside the European Union?

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The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security at the University of Birmingham hosted an event on 02 June 2016 to discuss how the results of the referendum vote on 23 June 2016 could impact on UK and international security.
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Wednesday 31st August 2016

From U-turn to U-turn: did pro-Brexit politicians mislead the British public?

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Written by Dr Sotirios Zartaloudis, Department of Political Science and International Studies. "In a campaign led by scaremongering and populist paranoia on both sides, it seems that some political elites may have misled the British public over what Brexit means or the implications of such a vote."
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Wednesday 31st August 2016

American obsession with 'al-Qaeda in Syria' is making the conflict there worse

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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. When it comes to the Syrian opposition, it's practically impossible to separate 'moderates' from 'extremists'.
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Wednesday 10th August 2016

How Turkey's President used social media to save himself

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Written by Professor Scott Lucas, Department of Political Science and International Studies. "The wonder of 21st-century social media, as shown by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, is that you can both suppress and embrace it."
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Friday 29th July 2016

Trump promises America law and order, but he is a dire threat to both

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Written by Dr Adam Quinn. Anyone who still dismisses Donald Trump as a ludicrous amateur should now realise just how dangerous he is.
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Tuesday 26th July 2016

Beyond The Donald: four things to watch at the Republican Convention

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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. After a year of trying to bring him down, the Republican Party will rally behind Donald Trump this week – sort of.
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Tuesday 19th July 2016

Democratic responses and political pressures for change

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This two-day seminar focused on patterns of contestation, protest, alternative forms of political participation, and how each of these have had an impact upon contemporary policymaking in political economy. The seminar focused on a range of questions related to the relationship between democratic participation, protest, and political economy outcomes.
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Monday 18th July 2016

Can policing by consent involve remote control bombs and pre-emptive strikes?

Can policing by consent involve remote control bombs and pre-emptive strikes?
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Written by Professor David H. Dunn, University of Birmingham. Technology poses a challenge to how we treat suspects and police society.
Date:
Tuesday 12th July 2016

Forthcoming Conference on Parliaments and Legislatures

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The POLSIS British Politics Research Group are co-sponsoring the Political Studies Association Parliaments & Legislatures 2016 Conference
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Tuesday 12th July 2016

European Studies Research Group hosted 1st Bridging Research Agendas Workshop

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On Thursday 30 June 2016, the European Studies Research Group held an informal workshop on various themes of the EU's foreign and neighbourhood policies.
Date:
Tuesday 12th July 2016

POLSIS Staff Member Wins Teaching Award

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Dr Julie Gilson has been awarded the College of Social Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award 2016.
Date:
Tuesday 12th July 2016

Symposium Report: Historical Analysis for Defence and Security

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ICCS Research Fellow Dr Chris Wyatt attended the 8th Historical Analysis for Defence and Security Symposium held by Dstl on 25 and 26 May. The aim of the event was to bring together historians, analysts and policy makers to discuss the use of historical events to understand topical and enduring defence and security issues. For over 30 years, MOD and Dstl have used analysis of historical campaigns and developments in academic understanding of conflict to provide a useful 'reality-check' to UK defence policy.
Date:
Tuesday 12th July 2016

Podcast: Drones as Air Proscription? The case of South Arabia and Yemen in comparative perspective

Podcast: Drones as Air Proscription? The case of South Arabia and Yemen in comparative perspective
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Speaker: Clive Jones, Durham University.
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Monday 11th July 2016

The Chilcot Report: Lessons to be learnt

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Written by Dr Jamie Gaskarth Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations. "Blair has rightly been singled out for failing to provide proper leadership and direction from the centre, for not questioning the intelligence and his own assumptions in the light of evidence, and for not paying enough attention to how instructions were carried out."
Date:
Monday 11th July 2016

From Iraq to Brexit: Failing to learn the lessons

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Written by Professor David Dunn Professor in International Politics. "As we endure the very early stages of the Brexit vote, it is worth considering the further negative consequences of this unplanned odyssey."
Date:
Monday 11th July 2016

NATO fights to hold western alliance together

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Written by Professor Mark Webber. The second organisational pillar of the European order isn't as threatened as the EU – but there's trouble ahead.
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Friday 8th July 2016

Chilcot condemns Blair's behaviour, but declines to accuse him of lying

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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. The Iraq Inquiry has found that the case for invading Iraq was far from watertight and made without proper care. Deception, however, is another matter.
Date:
Friday 8th July 2016

Chilcot scolds Britain's intelligence community for its role in the Iraq War

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Written by Dr Jamie Gaskarth. Intelligence on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction was a core part of the case for war. The Chilcot Report has examined how it came to be so distorted.
Date:
Friday 8th July 2016

Referendum Reactions

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Thursday 23 June 2016 saw the nation vote on one of the biggest decisions this country has ever had to make. A referendum was called on whether the United Kingdom should remain in the European Union or vote to leave. Voters turned out in their millions to have their say, and now after a long night of counting, we have decided to leave the EU, our academic experts give their reaction and analysis of where we go from here.
Date:
Tuesday 28th June 2016
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