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Crises as opportunities for change and transformation?

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The Political Economy group has been tackling the theme "Crises as opportunities for change and transformation?" in its recent research outputs.
Date:
Wednesday 14th December 2016

Students attend a private briefing with the National Security Advisor

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Students on the third year module 'Strategy and Decisionmaking' were able to attend a private briefing in London with the National Security Advisor, Sir Mark Lyall Grant at the RUSI before being given a tour of the Houses of Parliament.
Date:
Tuesday 13th December 2016

IGS PhD Researcher Wins Award in Hamburg

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Marlene Schrijnders, 3d year PhD researcher at the University of Birmingham, was awarded with the first prize at the Deutscher Historikertag in Hamburg for her poster titled "Endzeitopia".
Date:
Tuesday 13th December 2016

US Election 2016: Clinton v Trump - understanding the result and what happens next

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Speakers: Dr Jacob Parakilas, Assistant Head, US and the Americas Programme, Chatham House: Royal Institute of International Affairs; Dr Maria Ryan, University of Nottingham; Prof. Scott Lucas (POLSIS); Dr Adam Quinn (POLSIS).
Date:
Tuesday 13th December 2016

IDD PhD student wins University's Images of Research 2016/17

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Louis Francis Monroy Santander, Postgraduate Researcher in the International Development department won first place in the 2016/17 Images of Research with a photograph entitled "Resistance to international peace-building: the case of Bosnia-Herzegovina".
Date:
Friday 9th December 2016

Andrew Mitchell, MP Debates the Syrian Crisis

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The Middle East Politics Research Group and POLSIS hosted a talk by Andrew Mitchell, MP, on the Syrian crisis.
Date:
Thursday 8th December 2016

School Enhancement Fund supports Student attendance at Model UN

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The London International MUN HS took place this weekend where 100 high school students engaged in a simulation of the different committees at the UN. Through the different sessions they were able to come up with high-quality resolutions portraying their commitment and developing their diplomatic skills.
Date:
Thursday 8th December 2016

Aris Yunandar, The 6th Prague Conference on Southeast Asia Studies

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With the funding from the POLSIS Student Enhancement funds, Aris Yunandar have traveled to Prague to present his paper in a forum full of scholars in Southeast Asia Studies
Date:
Thursday 8th December 2016

International Political Economy Guest Lecture 'Doing IPE Research'

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Professor Mat Watson (Warwick), Dr Sophie Harman (Queen Mary), and Dr Megan Daigle (Aberystwyth) gave a Guest Lecture on 'Doing IPE Research' (27 October 2016).
Date:
Thursday 1st December 2016

Distinguished Scholar on Political Parties Gives Talks to Staff and Students

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Professor Susan Scarrow (University of Houston) visited Birmingham to give a special lecture to students, talk about postgraduate study in the US and deliver a public lecture on party organization.
Date:
Thursday 1st December 2016

Introducing the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS)

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The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) at the University of Birmingham promotes a multi-disciplinary and multi-dimensional approach to global security challenges.
Date:
Thursday 1st December 2016

Assessing change in economic management, welfare, work and democracy in the context of Brexit

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This session brought together the findings of the four earlier thematic seminars, in dialogue with policymakers and key economic and civil society actors. The seminar was based in a leading Brussels-based think-tank, providing an excellent opportunity to facilitate further discussion between policy-focused and academic-focused actors from across the European Union.
Date:
Friday 11th November 2016

Academic visitor from Brazil in POLSIS

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Professor Henrique Zeferino de Menezes, Head of the Department of International Relations at the Federal University of Paraiba, Brazil, is currently in POLSIS as a visiting fellow until January 2017.
Date:
Friday 4th November 2016

Parliaments and Legislatures One-day conference: a great success!

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Our conference on Parliaments and Legislatures was a fantastic event with a range of academic panels, a practitioner roundtable, a poster exhibition, and our annual lecture from the Clerk of the House of Commons, David Natzler.
Date:
Tuesday 1st November 2016

Focusing on trust in global conflict

Description
Many parts of the world are caught up in conflict today. From the Syrian civil war to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian dispute, to tension with Russia, and to Africa's turmoil from South Sudan to the Democratic Republic of Congo, conflict has continuing and lasting impact on countless lives. Twenty-five years after the end of the Cold War, the hoped-for "international order" seems distant. The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) aspires to offer some answers.
Date:
Tuesday 1st November 2016

Brexit: engaging real-time challenges as they unfold

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UK politics and society has been dominated for much of 2016 by the discussion about Brexit, both before the 23 June 2016 referendum and after the monumental outcome to leave the European Union.
Date:
Tuesday 1st November 2016

Onwards and Upwards: Teaching Excellence and Innovation

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Every teaching session in POLSIS is a challenge that we welcome. Making lectures more accessible, getting the most out of discussion in seminars, setting assignments to fulfil the potential of each of our students.
Date:
Tuesday 1st November 2016

Latvian Ambassador visits Birmingham and meets POLSIS Staff

Description
The new Latvian Ambassador Baiba Braze visited the University of Birmingham on 24 October 2016 and met staff in the Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS).
Date:
Monday 24th October 2016

Academic article reprinted in book

Description
Daniele Albertazzi's article (with Sean Mueller) 'Populism and Liberal Democracy: Populists in Government in Austria, Italy, Poland and Switzerland' was reprinted in The Populist Radical Right - A Reader, Edited by Cas Mudde.
Date:
Friday 21st October 2016

Politics Society Organises Politics in the Pub Discussion

Description
On Thursday 13 October 2016, the Politics Society organised a 'Politics in the Pub' Discussion and invited Dr Pete Kerr to come and talk about a topic of his choice; modernity in politics.
Date:
Friday 21st October 2016
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