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Forthcoming Conference on Parliaments and Legislatures

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The POLSIS British Politics Research Group are co-sponsoring the Political Studies Association Parliaments & Legislatures 2016 Conference
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Tuesday 12th July 2016

European Studies Research Group hosted 1st Bridging Research Agendas Workshop

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On Thursday 30 June 2016, the European Studies Research Group held an informal workshop on various themes of the EU's foreign and neighbourhood policies.
Date:
Tuesday 12th July 2016

POLSIS Staff Member Wins Teaching Award

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Dr Julie Gilson has been awarded the College of Social Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award 2016.
Date:
Tuesday 12th July 2016

Symposium Report: Historical Analysis for Defence and Security

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ICCS Research Fellow Dr Chris Wyatt attended the 8th Historical Analysis for Defence and Security Symposium held by Dstl on 25 and 26 May. The aim of the event was to bring together historians, analysts and policy makers to discuss the use of historical events to understand topical and enduring defence and security issues. For over 30 years, MOD and Dstl have used analysis of historical campaigns and developments in academic understanding of conflict to provide a useful 'reality-check' to UK defence policy.
Date:
Tuesday 12th July 2016

Podcast: Drones as Air Proscription? The case of South Arabia and Yemen in comparative perspective

Podcast: Drones as Air Proscription? The case of South Arabia and Yemen in comparative perspective
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Speaker: Clive Jones, Durham University.
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Monday 11th July 2016

The Chilcot Report: Lessons to be learnt

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Written by Dr Jamie Gaskarth Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations. "Blair has rightly been singled out for failing to provide proper leadership and direction from the centre, for not questioning the intelligence and his own assumptions in the light of evidence, and for not paying enough attention to how instructions were carried out."
Date:
Monday 11th July 2016

From Iraq to Brexit: Failing to learn the lessons

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Written by Professor David Dunn Professor in International Politics. "As we endure the very early stages of the Brexit vote, it is worth considering the further negative consequences of this unplanned odyssey."
Date:
Monday 11th July 2016

NATO fights to hold western alliance together

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Written by Professor Mark Webber. The second organisational pillar of the European order isn't as threatened as the EU – but there's trouble ahead.
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Friday 8th July 2016

Chilcot condemns Blair's behaviour, but declines to accuse him of lying

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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. The Iraq Inquiry has found that the case for invading Iraq was far from watertight and made without proper care. Deception, however, is another matter.
Date:
Friday 8th July 2016

Chilcot scolds Britain's intelligence community for its role in the Iraq War

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Written by Dr Jamie Gaskarth. Intelligence on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction was a core part of the case for war. The Chilcot Report has examined how it came to be so distorted.
Date:
Friday 8th July 2016

Referendum Reactions

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Thursday 23 June 2016 saw the nation vote on one of the biggest decisions this country has ever had to make. A referendum was called on whether the United Kingdom should remain in the European Union or vote to leave. Voters turned out in their millions to have their say, and now after a long night of counting, we have decided to leave the EU, our academic experts give their reaction and analysis of where we go from here.
Date:
Tuesday 28th June 2016

Brexit: global reaction to Britain's vote to leave the EU

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Rolling reaction from the US, Russia, France, Poland, Greece, Australia and Belgium to the UK's decision. Contributions from Professor Scott Lucas and Dr Isabelle Hertner.
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Monday 27th June 2016

Germany's reaction to Brexit: a catastrophe but we'll cope

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Written by Dr Isabelle Hertner. Angela Merkel has called for Europe to stand together in the face of Brexit.
Date:
Monday 27th June 2016

Experts Examine Political Parties in Europe

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The POLSIS Parties, Voters and Elections Research Group hold a seminar with Distinguished External Speakers to discuss political parties in contemporary Europe.
Date:
Friday 24th June 2016

Northern Ireland is vital for the Remain campaign

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Written by Dawn Walsh and Professor Scott Lucas. A surprising level of anti-EU sentiment among unionists should be on Remain's radar.
Date:
Friday 24th June 2016

What would Brexit mean for the special relationship? Nothing good

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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. The US doesn't love the UK enough to prioritise it over a massive trading bloc like the EU.
Date:
Friday 24th June 2016

EU Referendum Video: Catherine Needham

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Catherine Needham, Reader in Public Policy and Public Management in the Health Services Management Centre at the University of Birmingham shares her opinions of the EU Referendum debate.
Date:
Tuesday 21st June 2016

EU Referendum Video: Professor John Fender

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Professor John Fender, Professor of Macroeconomics in the Department of Economics at the University of Birmingham shares his opinions of the EU Referendum debate.
Date:
Tuesday 21st June 2016

EU Referendum Video: Dr Huw Macartney

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Dr Huw Macartney, Senior Lecturer in Political Economy in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham shares his opinions of the EU referendum debate.
Date:
Monday 20th June 2016

EU Referendum Video: Professor Scott Lucas

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Professor Scott Lucas Professor of American Politics in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham shares his opinions of the EU referendum debate.
Date:
Monday 20th June 2016
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