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Podcast: What's Wrong with NATO and How to Fix It

Podcast: What's Wrong with NATO and How to Fix It
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Speaker: Professor Mark Webber (University of Birmingham).
Date:
Tuesday 26th January 2016

Geneva Summit: 30th Anniversary Conference

Geneva Summit: 30th Anniversary Conference
Description
The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security invited scholars and practitioners to reflect on the legacy of the meeting between Reagan and Gorbachev, exploring what went right, what went wrong, and assessing the prognosis for the future. The central focus of this event was to address the question of how trust was developed between the two leaders, why the relationship has broken down in the intervening years, and whether trust can be restored given the current state of US-Russia relations.
Date:
Friday 22nd January 2016

Blog: #Gymlife: does Instagram's fitness trend have the potential to negatively impact female body image?

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Written by Milly Morris. In this post Milly Morris examines #Gymlife and whether all the self-infatuation on Instagram help to reinforce stereotypes of the perfect female form.
Date:
Tuesday 19th January 2016

How Iran's hardliners still threaten the nuclear deal

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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. The sanctions are being lifted, the economy is opening up – and Tehran's conservatives are furious.
Date:
Monday 18th January 2016

Iraq's battle for Ramadi isn't just about defeating Islamic State

Iraq's battle for Ramadi isn't just about defeating Islamic State
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Written by Professor Scott Lucas and Balsam Mustafa. Iraq looks to have a good chance of retaking the capital of Anbar province from Islamic State. But what comes next?
Date:
Monday 18th January 2016

Hard Evidence: this is the Age of Dissent – and there's much more to come

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Written by Dr David J. Bailey. There were more protests in Britain last year than at any time since the 1970s.
Date:
Monday 18th January 2016

Jakarta attacks: is Islamic State's presence in South-East Asia overstated?

Jakarta attacks: is Islamic State's presence in South-East Asia overstated?
Description
Written by Scott Edwards. IS has claimed a wave of deadly bombings and shootings in Jakarta, but its long-feared Asian campaign is yet to materialise in earnest.
Date:
Monday 18th January 2016

European Trilateral Nuclear Dialogues 2015 Consensus Statement released

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Paul Schulte, Honorary Professor in the ICCS, is a signatory of the latest European Trilateral Nuclear Dialogues Consensus Statement, which was published on 18th December 2015.
Date:
Thursday 7th January 2016

2015: the year in elections

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It's been a dramatic year in elections around the world: old leaders were toppled, upstarts and novices seized the helm, and embattled governments somehow managed to cling on. Here, the experts who covered them take stock of what's happened – and look at what's in store for 2016.
Date:
Monday 4th January 2016

UK parliament votes to bomb Islamic State in Syria – so, what will that mean internationally?

UK parliament votes to bomb Islamic State in Syria – so, what will that mean internationally?
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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. David Cameron wins vote with 397 votes for and 223 votes against the government.
Date:
Monday 21st December 2015

Saudi Arabia's 'coalition' is a brazen challenge to Syria, Iran, and the US

Saudi Arabia's 'coalition' is a brazen challenge to Syria, Iran, and the US
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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. When is a coalition not a coalition? When you don't tell the founding members they're in it.
Date:
Monday 21st December 2015

Pre-Masters in International Development and Relations

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The aim of the two-year full-time pre-Masters programme is to provide an entry route into our MA/MSc courses in International Development and Relations for students who do not have the traditional requirements for direct entry to the programme. Find out more about our Pre-Masters in International Development and Relations.
Date:
Wednesday 16th December 2015

CREST Commissioning Announcement - Research for understanding, mitigating and countering security threats

CREST Commissioning Announcement - Research for understanding, mitigating and countering security threats
Description
The UK Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats wishes to commission a programme of research that addresses some of the current threats to national and international security. Find out more about the details of the Call Specification.
Date:
Tuesday 15th December 2015

The Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST)

The Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST)
Description
The UK's security and intelligence agencies, in partnership with the UK's Economic and Social Research Council, are funding a new independent academic centre focused on behavioural and social science to counter and mitigate threats.
Date:
Tuesday 15th December 2015

Indonesia's struggle to end corruption is hitting snag after snag

Indonesia's struggle to end corruption is hitting snag after snag
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Written by Scott Edwards. A dynamic new president promised Indonesians sweeping reform of a rotten system. Instead, all they've gotten are baby steps.
Date:
Tuesday 15th December 2015

Joint Committee on Human Rights publishes written evidence from ICCS academics

Joint Committee on Human Rights publishes written evidence from ICCS academics
Description
On 18th November, the Joint Committee on Human Rights published written evidence submitted by Professors David Dunn and Nicholas Wheeler in response to the call issued by the inquiry on the UK Government's policy on the use of drones for targeted killing.
Date:
Tuesday 1st December 2015

Distinguished Former Diplomat Gives Special Guest Lecture

Distinguished Former Diplomat Gives Special Guest Lecture
Description
Distinguished former Diplomat Sir Francis Richards gave a special guest lecture to the Diplomacy and Statecraft Master Students.
Date:
Tuesday 1st December 2015

Podcast: Arming the Rebels: International Ethics and the Question of Justified Armed Revolt

Podcast: Arming the Rebels: International Ethics and the Question of Justified Armed Revolt
Description
Speakers: Chris Finlay (POLSIS) and James Pattison (Manchester).
Date:
Monday 30th November 2015

Academics in POLSIS and Economics Host Brexit Panel Discussion

Academics in POLSIS and Economics Host Brexit Panel Discussion
Description
As part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, University of Birmingham academics organized a high profile panel discussion on Britain and the EU.
Date:
Friday 27th November 2015

POLSIS Autumn Seminar Series Discusses Broad Range of Topical Issues

POLSIS Autumn Seminar Series Discusses Broad Range of Topical Issues
Description
The latest seminars in the POLSIS departmental series focused on terrorism, legacies, prime ministerial accountability, Sino-Indian relations, the Ukraine crisis and the use of international relations theory.
Date:
Friday 27th November 2015
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