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IGS podcast: '"Lay Down Your Arms!" Anti-War Writing in German-Speaking Countries, 1905‒1924'

IGS podcast: '"Lay Down Your Arms!" Anti-War Writing in German-Speaking Countries, 1905‒1924'
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Speaker: Professor Ritchie Robertson (University of Oxford)
Date:
Thursday 12th November 2015

Syria: is Putin preparing to dump Assad?

Syria: is Putin preparing to dump Assad?
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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. Moscow's mixed messages on the future of the Syrian president is fuelling speculation that it might be preparing to desert its long-term ally.
Date:
Friday 6th November 2015

POLSIS Welcomes Three New Members of Staff

POLSIS Welcomes Three New Members of Staff
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Three new appointments strengthen the department's coverage of British politics, political theory and foreign and security policy.
Date:
Wednesday 4th November 2015

High Quality Publications Show POLSIS Staff Remain at the Cutting Edge of Research

High Quality Publications Show POLSIS Staff Remain at the Cutting Edge of Research
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The last few months have witnessed the continuing flow of high quality publications from staff members in POLSIS demonstrating the department's position at the forefront of research. The books, articles and chapters cover political theory, international relations, security, British politics, rising powers, the European Union and developments in the former Soviet Union.
Date:
Wednesday 4th November 2015

POLSIS Staff are Regular Contributors to The Conversation

POLSIS Staff are Regular Contributors to The Conversation
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POLSIS staff regularly write short articles informed by their research for publications aimed at an audience beyond the academy such as The Washington Post, The Moscow Times, Euractiv and Chatham House Expert Comment. One of the most popular outlets for staff is The Conversation.
Date:
Tuesday 3rd November 2015

POLSIS Podcast Launched

POLSIS Podcast Launched
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Three members of POLSIS have launched a regular podcast discussing topical issues.
Date:
Tuesday 3rd November 2015

New Birmingham Review looks forward to expansive future

New Birmingham Review looks forward to expansive future
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Successful launch of the second volume of the New Birmingham Review spurs excitement for the next issue of the University of Birmingham's progressive student journal
Date:
Tuesday 3rd November 2015

The IGS, 1996-2016: Twenty Years of Studying Germany from the Outside

The IGS, 1996-2016: Twenty Years of Studying Germany from the Outside
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In May 2016 the Institute for German Studies at the University of Birmingham will celebrate two decades at the forefront of scholarship on Germany.
Date:
Tuesday 3rd November 2015

Recent Examples Highlight the Long Tradition of POLSIS Impact and Engagement with the Policy Making Community

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Staff and Doctoral Researchers in POLSIS are at the forefront of research in their respective fields. Their insights are highly valued in the policymaking community.
Date:
Tuesday 3rd November 2015

A "New Departure"? The legal bases of UK drone strikes in Syria

A "New Departure"? The legal bases of UK drone strikes in Syria
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Written by Professor Nicholas J. Wheeler and Professor David Dunn. AMeeting to mark the first anniversary of the publication of the Birmingham Policy Commission on 'The Security Impact of Drones', discussion at the All Party Parliamentary Group on Drones was dominated by the UK's controversial Reaper strike against two UK nationals in Syria this summer. Cameron's decision to justify this action on grounds of self-defence of the UK was recognised as making a distinct break from previous UK rules of engagement.
Date:
Tuesday 3rd November 2015

Why Indonesia can't stamp out fires that have cast a haze over South-East Asia

Why Indonesia can't stamp out fires that have cast a haze over South-East Asia
Description
Written by Scott Edwards. Leaders in Jakarta want to tackle the haze crisis but they don't have much authority over corrupt local elites.
Date:
Tuesday 3rd November 2015

As powerbrokers gather at last, Russia races against time to save Assad

As powerbrokers gather at last, Russia races against time to save Assad
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Written by Scott Lucas. With Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran and the US all at the table, Russia's benighted Syria plan may at last have a chance of success.
Date:
Tuesday 3rd November 2015

With Israeli-Palestinian tension running high, a third intifada is just a spark away

With Israeli-Palestinian tension running high, a third intifada is just a spark away
Description
Written by Dr Asaf Siniver. As Israel marked the 20th anniversary of Yitzhak Rabin's assassination, fears of another surge in violence were as high as ever.
Date:
Tuesday 3rd November 2015

Greek election: Tsipras trounces his opponents, but at what cost?

Greek election: Tsipras trounces his opponents, but at what cost?
Description
Written by Sotirios Zartaloudis. Syriza lives to fight another day, but the omens for Greece's future are as ominous as ever.
Date:
Tuesday 3rd November 2015

Podcast: International Relations Theory and European Security: We Thought We Knew

Podcast: International Relations Theory and European Security: We Thought We Knew
Description
Speakers: Lorenzo Cladi (POLSIS), Kamil Zwolski (Southampton). Discussant: Mark Webber (POLSIS/Government and Society).
Date:
Friday 30th October 2015

Podcast: Trust and Deception Workshop

Podcast: Trust and Deception Workshop
Description
The workshop will bring together experts from a variety of disciplinary perspectives to discuss trust and deception in international politics. How do trust and deception affect each other? Why, when, and how do leaders and policy-makers attempt to deceive each other and their publics? What are the available tools to detect deception? Can trust be built in an environment in which deception is perceived to be the norm? Scholars will convene to tackle the theory and application of their current research.
Date:
Thursday 29th October 2015

IGS podcast: Nietzsche's Cultural Revolutions

IGS podcast: Nietzsche's Cultural Revolutions
Description
Speaker: Professor Wilfried van der Will (University of Birmingham)
Date:
Wednesday 28th October 2015

Podcast: Security, Ecology and Climate Change

Podcast: Security, Ecology and Climate Change
Description
Speaker: Dr Matt McDonald (University of Queensland)
Date:
Tuesday 20th October 2015

POLSIS researcher reveals major new findings about sex work in the UK

POLSIS researcher reveals major new findings about sex work in the UK
Description
A study by Nicola Smith and Sarah Kingston (Lancaster University) paints a surprising picture of the UK sex industry.
Date:
Saturday 17th October 2015

Podcast: Knowing how the other thinks: the brain and influence in international confrontations

Podcast: Knowing how the other thinks: the brain and influence in international confrontations
Description
Speaker: Dr Nicholas Wright, Senior Research Fellow in the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security at the University of Birmingham.
Date:
Wednesday 14th October 2015
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