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What is a contested convention – and what would one mean for the GOP?

What is a contested convention – and what would one mean for the GOP?
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Written by Dr Adam Quinn. It could be battle royale for the Republicans at the Ohio convention in July 2016.
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Tuesday 12th April 2016

Blog: Book Review: The Fence and the Bridge: Geopolitics and Identity Along the Canada-US Border by Heather N. Nicol

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Iván Farías Pelcastre is a Postdoctoral Scholar and Visiting Fellow at the University of Southern California and a graduate of the PhD in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Birmingham. He is particularly interested in the analysis of policy interdependence and political integration between Canada, Mexico and the US resulting from the operation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, its side and parallel accords and their corresponding institutions.
Date:
Tuesday 12th April 2016

Students from POLSIS and the School of Government and Society take part in Model NATO (2016)

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This year, the University of Birmingham delegation had the pleasure of representing the United States at the 31st Model NATO Conference, held in Washington D.C. in February 2016.
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Friday 8th April 2016

Blog: Is the Snooper's Charter As Bad as you Think?

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Security services lack the resources to randomly spy on people argues Gavin E L Hall, a doctoral researcher at the University of Birmingham.
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Tuesday 22nd March 2016

Birmingham Fellowships in International Security

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The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security and the School of Government and Society are looking to recruit a Birmingham Professorial Fellow and a Birmingham Fellow in the field of international security. The deadline for applications is Monday 25 April 2016.
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Tuesday 22nd March 2016

Kirna Kataria, 4th Year, BA International Relations with French (Year Abroad)

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When I then saw that the POLSIS department had an exchange agreement with Sciences Po, I felt that we were presented with a great opportunity; not only did we have the option of going to France to improve our language skills, but Sciences Po is also a world-class institution for Political Science and International Relations. I was particularly interested in gaining a French perspective on International Relations, which is otherwise a very Anglo-Saxon discipline.
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Tuesday 22nd March 2016

Joshua Williams, Professional Development Module 2014/15

Joshua Williams, Professional Development Module 2014/15
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I got my placement via the bank of placements set up by the module's placement team. There was a wide variety to choose from but LUCIA instantly stood out to me because of the work that they do with NGO's.
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Tuesday 22nd March 2016

Lilly Pye, Professional Development Module 2014/15

Lilly Pye, Professional Development Module 2014/15
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If I hadn't got the placement at The Children's Hospital then I wouldn't have been able to progress within my role now. The module has also helped me build my skills such as time management and commercial awareness, so skills not just limited to the charity sector but skills that all employers are looking for.
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Tuesday 22nd March 2016

Esther Naylor, 4th Year, International Relations with French (Year Abroad)

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I chose to do French alongside International Relations because i wanted to keep up my language skills and one of the main reasons to do a language is doing the year abroad because it's such a unique experience; seeing a different country through the eyes of a student.
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Tuesday 22nd March 2016

European Studies Research Group organises panel on 'Brexit'

European Studies Research Group organises panel on 'Brexit'
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On Wednesday 16 March 2016, the European Studies Research Group of the Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) hosted a panel discussion on the upcoming referendum on UK's membership of the EU and its impact on the country's foreign policy. The event, which attracted a large number of students and members of staff, was chaired by the co-convenors of the European Studies Research Group, Dr George Kyris and Dr Julian Pänke.
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Monday 21st March 2016

POLSIS Staff member takes part in Policy Roundtable

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George Kyris was invited to a closed panel discussion with Amanda Sloat, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London.
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Thursday 17th March 2016

What the Flint water scandal says about US politics in 2016

What the Flint water scandal says about US politics in 2016
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Written by Dr Adam Quinn. A lead poisoning crisis caused by corroded pipes has made Flint, Michigan a symbol of American inequality.
Date:
Wednesday 9th March 2016

Blog: What Is Going on in Ukraine Now?

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Lance Spencer Davies, a Doctoral Researcher in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Birmingham, provides an update on recent developments in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
Date:
Monday 29th February 2016

Explainer: what's at stake in Iran's parliamentary elections

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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. Two of Iran's more moderate political factions have joined together to make sure they're not shut out of parliament.
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Friday 26th February 2016

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Date:
Thursday 4th February 2016
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