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POLSIS Seminar Series 2014-15

POLSIS Seminar Series 2014-15
Description
POLSIS hosts a number of seminars throughout the year which focuses on a number of different topics. Listen to the latest podcasts from our recent events.
Date:
Wednesday 10th September 2014

Student Exchange and Year Abroad

Student Exchange and Year Abroad
Description
Dr Huw Macartney talks about why you should do a year abroad degree with the Department of Political Science and International Studies. All programmes offered in the POLSIS provide students with the opportunity to develop a broad disciplinary knowledge base and a range of analytical and transferable skills, as well as allowing them to build up expertise in specific areas of political life.
Date:
Wednesday 10th September 2014

Recent publications and conference presentations demonstrate the strength of research in POLSIS

Recent publications and conference presentations demonstrate the strength of research in POLSIS
Description
Several publications and conference presentations by academics in the Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) demonstrate the quality and vibrancy of research in the department
Date:
Tuesday 9th September 2014

BRICS keep supporting Russia in bid to rebalance world power

BRICS keep supporting Russia in bid to rebalance world power
Description
Written by Dr Marco Vieira. While Western nations beef up economic sanctions and Nato discusses what stance to take toward Russia, the BRICS are maintaining tacit support for Moscow despite the Ukraine crisis.
Date:
Tuesday 9th September 2014

Why 'fools rush in' is Obama's watchword in Iraq and Syria

Why 'fools rush in' is Obama's watchword in Iraq and Syria
Description
Written by Dr Adam Quinn. US president Barack Obama has yet to work out exactly what America's strategy is in confronting Islamic State (IS), and has been foolish enough to say so in public. Cue the foreseeable torrent of point-scoring from opponents.
Date:
Friday 5th September 2014

Student Enhancement Fund profiles 2014

Student Enhancement Fund profiles 2014
Description
Find out how our undergraduate and postgraduate students have used the School of Government and Society student enhancement fund throughout 2013/14 and read about their experiences.
Date:
Thursday 4th September 2014

NATO Must Look Forward to the Past

NATO Must Look Forward to the Past
Description
Written by Professor Mark Webber and Heidi Reisinger (Senior Analyst at the NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy). NATO's intent to follow America's lead and pivot towards Asia is illogical and unrealistic. The Ukraine crisis has served to bang their heads together and remind them that although the connection to the US is crucial, NATO business is in Europe.
Date:
Wednesday 3rd September 2014

Douglas Carswell by-election is a rare and honourable event

Douglas Carswell by-election is a rare and honourable event
Description
Written by Chris Game. The least surprising part of Douglas Carswell's defection to UKIP was surely his decision to resign his Clacton seat and seek re-election in a by-election.
Date:
Friday 29th August 2014

Nationalism sparks a summer of deadly violence in the Caucasus

Nationalism sparks a summer of deadly violence in the Caucasus
Description
Written by Kevork Oskanian. The world has been brutally reminded of the unresolved conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, an enclave in the South Caucasus which Armenia and Azerbaijan have locked horns over for more than 25 years. While the situation is clearly at a low ebb, the facts of what is happening are far from clear.
Date:
Thursday 28th August 2014

If lauding Thatcher was cause to recall parliament, why not Iraq?

If lauding Thatcher was cause to recall parliament, why not Iraq?
Description
Written by Chris Game. MPs from all parties have called in recent weeks for parliament to be reconvened to enable them to debate the ongoing crisis in Iraq. They have met with unbending opposition. But David Cameron's decision to bring everyone back last year to eulogise Margaret Thatcher might make it difficult for him to resist indefinitely.
Date:
Thursday 21st August 2014

Inside Donetsk, a city at war, while the jaw-jaw over Ukraine continues

Inside Donetsk, a city at war, while the jaw-jaw over Ukraine continues
Description
Written by Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University) and Professor Stefan Wolff. The past few days have seen another round of the seemingly endless cycle of escalation and de-escalation that has characterised the crisis in Ukraine for several months.
Date:
Tuesday 19th August 2014

Sino-Indian Relations in the 21st Century: Economic and Security Implications and Responses

Sino-Indian Relations in the 21st Century: Economic and Security Implications and Responses
Description
This conference hosted by the University of Birmingham took place on Thursday 10 July 2014. The conference brought together leading scholars from China, India and the UK to address the following questions: what are the key drivers of Sino-Indian relations, particularly their economic and security relations? What are the cooperative and competitive elements in their economic and security strategies towards their Asian neighbours and beyond? What kind of regional and extra-regional responses are provoked by the increasing capabilities and expanding ambitions and activities of these rising powers?
Date:
Monday 18th August 2014

Masters taught module: Global Cooperation in Practice - Professor Mark Webber

Masters taught module: Global Cooperation in Practice - Professor Mark Webber
Description
This exciting taught module is offered as part of our new Global Cooperation and Security MSc. Taught by Professor Mark Webber Global Cooperation in Practice examines how academic debates on cooperation and policy-making stand up against the actual experience of implementation.
Date:
Monday 18th August 2014

Masters taught module: Theories of Global Cooperation - Professor Nicholas Wheeler

Masters taught module: Theories of Global Cooperation - Professor Nicholas Wheeler
Description
This exciting taught module is offered as part of our new Global Cooperation and Security MSc. Taught by Professor Nicholas Wheeler this module provides advanced theoretical training in how to think about the challenges of building security in an uncertain world characterised by multi-level interactions and unprecedented levels of global interconnectedness.
Date:
Monday 18th August 2014

Contemporary Violence: Postmodern War in Kosovo and Chechnya Paperback version of book released

Contemporary Violence: Postmodern War in Kosovo and Chechnya Paperback version of book released
Description
The monograph by Cerwyn Moore, Contemporary Violence: Postmodern War in Kosovo and Chechnya (Manchester: MUP, 2014), is released in paperback.
Date:
Monday 18th August 2014

Blog: On Reporting the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

Blog: On Reporting the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict
Description
Written by Dr Kamala Imranli-Lowe and Dr Galina Yemelianova. In early August 2014 the British media reported an escalation in the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. This has brought the conflict, which has been less covered since the cease-fire of May 1994, back to the media's attention. This blog is intended to shed some light on the role of the British, and the wider Western, media in shaping particular attitudes among the public, as well as policy-makers involved in the negotiation process over this conflict.
Date:
Monday 18th August 2014

Is Boris Johnson a sop to the Tories' UKIP tendency?

Is Boris Johnson a sop to the Tories' UKIP tendency?
Description
Written by Dr Peter Kerr. There is a certain section of the Conservative Party – and not necessarily a minority – which has a penchant for self-destruction. This is the same section which takes its leadership cues from Nigel Farage rather than David Cameron; that section which has repeatedly frustrated the latter's attempts to modernise the party, while steadfastly drawing the leadership back towards the types of agenda, on Europe and immigration and so on, which proved so electorally damaging for the party throughout the noughties.
Date:
Monday 11th August 2014

Self-styled people's governor of Donetsk tells us: these areas have always been Russian

Self-styled people's governor of Donetsk tells us: these areas have always been Russian
Description
Written by Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University) and Professor Stefan Wolff. There are two competing and irreconcilable narratives about the crisis in eastern Ukraine that divide public opinion and media coverage in the region and the country – as much as they divide Russia and the West.
Date:
Thursday 7th August 2014

Podcast: ASPA Roundtable on US Political Science

Podcast: ASPA Roundtable on US Political Science
Description
Roundtable with Professor Steven R. Smith, the American Political Science Association (APSA) Executive Director and a leading scholar on the non-profit sector, 29 July 2014, Chaired by Professor Chris Skelcher, INLOGOV, University of Birmingham.
Date:
Friday 1st August 2014

Lack of trust and tit-for-tat escalation brings Ukraine to the brink of all-out war with Russia

Lack of trust and tit-for-tat escalation brings Ukraine to the brink of all-out war with Russia
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff and Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University). The renewed escalation of the Ukrainian crisis, following the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, shows no sign of abating. Fighting in the east has continued both in and around the rebel stronghold of Donetsk and at the Russian-Ukrainian border where, according to reports, Russia has now started shelling Ukrainian military positions.
Date:
Tuesday 29th July 2014
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