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The Conversation: Now Crimea's in the bag, where next for Putin and Russia?

The Conversation: Now Crimea's in the bag, where next for Putin and Russia?
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Written by Professor Stefan Wolff and Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University). Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has now apparently formalised the annexation by announcing two new laws that make Crimea and Sevastopol subjects of the Russian Federation and has signed a treaty to this effect with Crimea's pro-Russian leaders.
Date:
Wednesday 19th March 2014

The Conversation: Crimea votes to secede from Ukraine as EU considers sanctions against Russia

The Conversation: Crimea votes to secede from Ukraine as EU considers sanctions against Russia
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff and Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University). Crimeans have voted by a huge margin to secede from Ukraine. According to early reports released after 50% of the ballots had been counted more than 95% of votes were in favour of joining Russia.
Date:
Tuesday 18th March 2014

New Research Fellows Join CREES

New Research Fellows Join CREES
Description
New Research Fellows Join CREES/POLSIS strengthening expertise on the Caucasus.
Date:
Friday 14th March 2014

The Conversation: How can Ukraine, Crimea and Russia secure a stable future?

The Conversation: How can Ukraine, Crimea and Russia secure a stable future?
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff and Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University). The situation in Ukraine is still highly volatile, especially in relation to Crimea and continuing uncertainty about Russia's intentions. But there is a need to consider what a longer-term solution might look like in light of the different demands being made.
Date:
Wednesday 12th March 2014

Win:Win network: empowering women in leadership - 26 March 2014

Win:Win network: empowering women in leadership - 26 March 2014
Description
We are delighted to announce that Norma Jarboe OBE, Director of Women Count and author of a recent report on gender and leadership in higher education will be joining us on 26 March 2014 to discuss her work and the potential benefits for colleagues. The Win:Win network offers a space primarily for academic women at the University of Birmingham to come together, share experiences, develop reciprocal support and facilitate action on issues of gender, diversity, employment, career development and leadership.
Date:
Tuesday 11th March 2014

The Conversation: A divided Ukraine could see two radically different states emerge

The Conversation: A divided Ukraine could see two radically different states emerge
Description
Written by Dr Richard Connolly. It is increasingly difficult to predict what the future holds for Ukraine. One scenario sees the country becoming divided along roughly ethnic lines, with an ethnic Ukrainian western state and a more Russia-oriented eastern state comprising today's southern and eastern Ukraine. So what would the economies of these potential new states look like?
Date:
Tuesday 11th March 2014

Cooperation in the Contemporary World: University of Birmingham unveils latest MOOC

Cooperation in the Contemporary World: University of Birmingham unveils latest MOOC
Description
Experts from the the School of Government and Society including the International Development Department, Department of Political Science and International Studies and the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security at the University of Birmingham have introduced a free, open online course today offering a taste of higher education to learners worldwide. Registration is now live for this online course which is scheduled to start in May 2014.
Date:
Monday 10th March 2014

Alumni profile: Nadine Baldwick, BA Sociology and Philosophy

Alumni profile: Nadine Baldwick, BA Sociology and Philosophy
Description
HR Manager, NHS. My advice to anyone considering studying at Birmingham would be to make the most of your time at university by supplementing your degree with other activities.
Date:
Monday 10th March 2014

Alumni profile: Laurin Weissinger, BA Sociology

Alumni profile: Laurin Weissinger, BA Sociology
Description
Graduate Student and IT Administrator. Currently, I am staying in Oxford and preparing my PhD research that I hope to start this year. Before coming to Oxford, I worked for a while, both at an executive recruitment consultancy in London and full-time in IT.
Date:
Monday 10th March 2014

Alumni profile: Ana Speed, BA Sociology

Alumni profile: Ana Speed, BA Sociology
Description
Investment Analyst, Bond Dickinson (formerly Dickinson Dees LLP). I have always had a keen interest in social structures and interactions and studying social sciences at the University of Birmingham provided me opportunity to critically engage with key political, social and economic issues facing contemporary societies.
Date:
Monday 10th March 2014

Alumni profile: Olga Fraczek, Sociology graduate

Alumni profile: Olga Fraczek, Sociology graduate
Description
Account Executive, Harvard Public Relations.
Date:
Monday 10th March 2014

IRiS Podcast: Conviviality, Encounter, Diversity, Migration: But Where Did Race Go?

IRiS Podcast: Conviviality, Encounter, Diversity, Migration: But Where Did Race Go?
Description
Speaker: Sarah Neal, University of Surrey. Migration, Citizenship and Diversity: Questioning the Boundaries Seminar Series.
Date:
Friday 7th March 2014

Alumni profile: Veronika Fafienski, BA Sociology

Alumni profile: Veronika Fafienski, BA Sociology
Description
Studying at The University of Birmingham has been such an exciting and rewarding experience. When I first arrived, I was instantly captivated by the campus atmosphere. All the things you need as a freshly baked student – department, the library, student union and all the friends you made along the way – were in one place. Of course everyone is unique but for my part I can say that at Birmingham I have been able to set the foundations for both career and personal development.
Date:
Friday 7th March 2014

Alumni profile: Ursula Houston, Sociology BA

Alumni profile: Ursula Houston, Sociology BA
Description
Since graduating with a first class degree in Sociology, I have been lucky enough to secure two different internships in the public sector. Both internships were advertised by the careers service solely for University of Birmingham students.
Date:
Friday 7th March 2014

Sociology - Speed Networking Event

Sociology - Speed Networking Event
Description
Sociology hosted a careers networking event on the (01 February 2014). This event provided current students with the opportunity to meet students who have recently graduated from Sociology at Birmingham and learn first-hand from them about the kinds of careers they have followed since then.
Date:
Wednesday 5th March 2014

Tim Haughton reappointed joint editor of the JCMS Annual Review of the EU

Tim Haughton reappointed joint editor of the JCMS Annual Review of the EU
Description
CREES Director Tim Haughton and Nathaniel Copsey (Aston University) have been reappointed as the editors of the Journal of Common Market Studies Annual Review of the European Union.
Date:
Tuesday 4th March 2014

The Conversation: Putin calling all the shots in Ukraine: what next for relations between Russia and the West?

The Conversation: Putin calling all the shots in Ukraine: what next for relations between Russia and the West?
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff and Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University). After days of heightening tensions and increasingly aggressive rhetoric, Russian president Vladimir Putin requested, and was promptly granted, authorisation to deploy Russian troops in Ukraine until the situation there had "normalised". Yet, after further diplomatic efforts, including a 90-minute telephone call between presidents Obama and Putin, there has so far been no actual military escalation, even though the increased presence of Russian troops in Crimea and Ukraine's announcement to call up military reservists have heightened the potential for serious violence.
Date:
Tuesday 4th March 2014

The Conversation: Crimea flashpoint raises stakes in Russia's regional power play

The Conversation: Crimea flashpoint raises stakes in Russia's regional power play
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff and Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University). As events in Crimea escalate and become a focal point in the broader struggle within Ukraine, between Ukraine and Russia, and between Russia and the West, one key question is about Russia's larger game plan.
Date:
Monday 3rd March 2014

The Conversation: Crimea: the polarised peninsula threatening to rip Ukraine apart

The Conversation: Crimea: the polarised peninsula threatening to rip Ukraine apart
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff and Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University). These are dangerous times in Crimea. While the ongoing crisis in Ukraine has exposed the division between the country's pro-Western and pro-Russian populations, another divide is more clear-cut and arguably more imminently threatening: the divide between supporters and opponents of separatism in Crimea.
Date:
Friday 28th February 2014

Saving Humans Blog: What is to be done?

Saving Humans Blog: What is to be done?
Description
Written by Jonna Nyman. The blog posts this week have raised a series of questions about energy security. Conventional political thinking on energy security has a narrow focus which emphasises the need to secure state energy supplies. Sustainability is largely ignored, as short-term economic benefit is continually prioritised. The political and military survival of states is prioritised over environmental or climate stability, and human security. So what is to be done?
Date:
Friday 28th February 2014
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