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The Conversation: Al-Qaeda: thinking local in regional turmoil spells trouble for the West

The Conversation: Al-Qaeda: thinking local in regional turmoil spells trouble for the West
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff. In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama noted that the threat from al-Qaeda had evolved with affiliates of the terror group taking root in places as diverse as Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, and Mali.
Date:
Thursday 6th February 2014

POLSIS seminar series podcast: Deliberative leadership

POLSIS seminar series podcast: Deliberative leadership
Description
The Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) Departmental Seminar. Speaker: John Parkinson (Warwick) Discussant: Andrew Knops.
Date:
Thursday 6th February 2014

Full fee bursaries available for postgraduate study in POLSIS 2014-15

Full fee bursaries available for postgraduate study in POLSIS 2014-15
Description
For the Academic year 2014-15, POLSIS is pleased to offer a range of full and partial bursaries for both domestic/EU and non-EU students. Bursaries are competitive and awarded on the basis of academic merit and the potential to achieve academic excellence.
Date:
Thursday 30th January 2014

POLSIS seminar series podcast: In a Cross-Fire of Integration: Russia, Europe and Political Crisis in Ukraine

POLSIS seminar series podcast: In a Cross-Fire of Integration: Russia, Europe and Political Crisis in Ukraine
Description
The Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) Departmental Seminar. Speakers: Sarah Whitmore (Oxford Brookes), Rilka Dragneva-Lewers (Birmingham Law School), Kataryna Wolczuk (CREES/POLSIS).
Date:
Thursday 30th January 2014

The Conversation: Ugandan intervention holds little hope for South Sudan conflict

The Conversation: Ugandan intervention holds little hope for South Sudan conflict
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff. As the rival factions in the current conflict in South Sudan are about to sign a ceasefire deal in Addis Ababa, concerns remain that Uganda's military intervention in the South Sudanese civil war continue to threaten further regional escalation along well-established and predictable patterns.
Date:
Wednesday 29th January 2014

What you need to know about the causes of the Ukrainian protests

What you need to know about the causes of the Ukrainian protests
Description
Written by Kataryna Wolczuk (University of Birmingham) and Roman Wolczuk (University of Wolverhampton) on The Monkey Cage.
Date:
Wednesday 29th January 2014

What kind of Eurasian Union might Ukraine be joining?

What kind of Eurasian Union might Ukraine be joining?
Description
Written by Rilka Dragneva and Kataryna Wolczuk (Elgar Blog). Ukraine is again at the centre of global attention after its government failed to sign the Association Agreement with the EU. This failure was interpreted as succumbing to Putin's pressure to join the Customs Union of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus instead of re-orienting westward. There is little doubt that Ukraine's full accession to this Union would be a major trophy for Putin, both domestically and internationally.
Date:
Tuesday 28th January 2014

Problem-Solving and the Social Production of Knowledge: A Reply to Isaac Reed, Justin Cruickshank

Problem-Solving and the Social Production of Knowledge: A Reply to Isaac Reed, Justin Cruickshank
Description
Written By Dr Justin Cruickshank, Senior Lecturer in Sociology. I would like to thank Isaac Reed for his careful consideration of the issues that stemmed from my discussion of Popper and Rorty. Here I hope to address those issues and to discuss my view of Popper's approach to science that was left mostly unaddressed in the original article.
Date:
Wednesday 22nd January 2014

IRiS Podcast: Beyond Reason: The Philosophy and Politics of Immigration

IRiS Podcast: Beyond Reason: The Philosophy and Politics of Immigration
Description
Speaker: Philip Cole, University of the West of England. Migration, Citizenship and Diversity: Questioning the Boundaries Seminar Series.
Date:
Tuesday 21st January 2014

Graduate internship: Geraldine Tovey, Health Exchange (2014)

Graduate internship: Geraldine Tovey, Health Exchange (2014)
Description
Geraldine studied International Relations and graduated in 2012. During her degree she focused on the political side of the course and completed internships within MP's offices in Birmingham, as well as part time jobs in retail.
Date:
Friday 17th January 2014

Student profile: Lauren Boon, International Relations with French (Year Abroad)

Student profile: Lauren Boon, International Relations with French (Year Abroad)
Description
I spent the third year of my degree studying abroad, at France Sciences Po, in Lyon, France.
Date:
Friday 17th January 2014

Student profile: Evgeniya Chalakova, International Relations with German (Year Abroad)

Student profile: Evgeniya Chalakova, International Relations with German (Year Abroad)
Description
As part of the study abroad scheme I spent the third year of my degree studying in Berlin, Germany at the Free University of Berlin.
Date:
Friday 17th January 2014

The Conversation: Ariel Sharon dies at 85 after decades as polarising presence

The Conversation: Ariel Sharon dies at 85 after decades as polarising presence
Description
Written by Dr Asaf Siniver. To his critics he will forever be the "Butcher of Beirut", the master of Israel's disastrous invasion of Lebanon in 1982 and the man responsible for the horrendous massacre of hundreds of Palestinians in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps. His supporters will celebrate him as one of the most daring and ingenious military commanders in Israel's history and the prime minister who engineered the withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in 2005, bringing an end to 38 years of military occupation. Ariel "Arik" Sharon, Israel's 11th prime minister, was certainly a controversial figure.
Date:
Tuesday 14th January 2014

Katherine Nichol, Intern Birmingham City Council (2013)

Katherine Nichol, Intern Birmingham City Council (2013)
Description
During my four-week summer placement at Birmingham City Council, my role was based around shadowing the Director of Local Services.
Date:
Friday 10th January 2014

Student profile: Jenny Akers, Sociology BA

Student profile: Jenny Akers, Sociology BA
Description
My enjoyment of the course has stemmed from my personal academic progress as well as the opportunity to explore a plethora of sociological, historical and contemporary concerns, such as; gender, ethnicity, technological innovation and class stratification.
Date:
Friday 10th January 2014

Student profile: Ioana Cerasella Chis, Political Science and Sociology BA (3rd year)

Student profile: Ioana Cerasella Chis, Political Science and Sociology BA (3rd year)
Description
Being interested in both Sociological and Political ways of understanding the dynamics within societies, I chose to do a Joint Honours course which has not ceased to impress me with its variety of modules and other opportunities.
Date:
Friday 10th January 2014

A Day in the Life of an International Relations Student

A Day in the Life of an International Relations Student
Description
Current undergraduate Sarah Heta take you on a tour of a typical day in the life of an International Relations student at the University of Birmingham.
Date:
Tuesday 7th January 2014

POLSIS Student profiles

POLSIS Student profiles
Description
With over 4,000 international students from more than 150 countries, the University of Birmingham has one of the largest international student communities in the UK, so whether you are a UK student or travelling to Birmingham from overseas, you will work alongside fellow students with differing perspectives.
Date:
Tuesday 7th January 2014

Student profile: Katherine Nichol, Sociology BA (3rd Year)

Student profile: Katherine Nichol, Sociology BA (3rd Year)
Description
As a mature student I was attracted to study sociology at the University of Birmingham by its great reputation, course content and campus. Birmingham is also a great place to live, with amazing food, music and opportunities which you can only get in a big city.
Date:
Tuesday 7th January 2014

Exciting, Forward Thinking Undergraduate Degrees

Exciting, Forward Thinking Undergraduate Degrees
Description
Choose to study political science, international studies, sociology or european politics and take the opportunity to examine some of the most important political issues that we as citizens face in the 21st century.
Date:
Thursday 2nd January 2014
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