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International Collaboration map

International Collaboration map
Description
The College of Social Sciences is proud of its extensive links with universities and other strategic partners throughout the world. Through our network of global partnerships, we engage in a wide range of activities including staff and student exchange and collaboration in research and teaching.
Date:
Thursday 19th December 2013

Doctoral Researchers Yearbook 2013

Doctoral Researchers Yearbook 2013
Description
The Yearbook showcases the innovative and cutting edge work of the Doctoral Researchers in the Schools of Business, Education, Government and Society and Social Policy. The quality of the research being undertaken within our Doctoral Research Community is outstanding and this Yearbook highlights the impressive scope, depth and breadth of the research being undertaken.
Date:
Wednesday 18th December 2013

Video: International students at the University of Birmingham

Video: International students at the University of Birmingham
Description
International students from Indonesia, Brunei, Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia at the University of Birmingham talk about their time at Birmingham, including their experiences living in a vibrant and multicultural UK city.
Date:
Tuesday 10th December 2013

The Conversation: Peace and Security in Africa: from summitry to solutions

The Conversation: Peace and Security in Africa: from summitry to solutions
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff. The death last night of Nelson Mandela serves as a reminder of the enormous potential of African leaders to bring positive and lasting change to the continent. It is a reminder also of the obligations that African leaders have towards their own countries and citizens.
Date:
Tuesday 10th December 2013

Autumn Statement 2013 - Response

Autumn Statement 2013 - Response
Description
We asked six leading academics for their response to the government's Autumn Statement and the likely impact it could have on everything from taxes to local service provision, the high street to personal wealth.
Date:
Tuesday 10th December 2013

Autumn Statement 2013 - Expert Opinions

Autumn Statement 2013 - Expert Opinions
Description
We asked six leading academics for their expert opinions on this week's Autumn Statement and the likely impact it could have on everything from taxes to local service provision, the high street to personal wealth.
Date:
Wednesday 4th December 2013

ICCS seminar series podcast: Security Cosmopolitanism: Case, Critiques, and Future

ICCS seminar series podcast: Security Cosmopolitanism: Case, Critiques, and Future
Description
Speakers: Dr Anthony Burke, Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Cooperation, Conflict and Security, and Reader in Political and International Studies at the University of New South Wales, Canberra, Australia.
Date:
Tuesday 3rd December 2013

The Conversation: Obama must face down hawks and Israel over Iran deal

The Conversation: Obama must face down hawks and Israel over Iran deal
Description
Written by Dr Adam Quinn. The nuclear deal reached between the United States and Iran represents both a breakthrough and a risk for Barack Obama. A breakthrough because it stalls Iran's progress towards nuclear weapons capability for six months, in exchange for only moderate concessions on sanctions, while a bigger final settlement is haggled over.
Date:
Friday 29th November 2013

ICCS seminar series podcast: US medical assistance and smart power strategies in Iraq and Afghanistan

ICCS seminar series podcast: US medical assistance and smart power strategies in Iraq and Afghanistan
Description
'Health for Health's Sake, Winning for God's Sake: US medical assistance and smart power strategies in Iraq and Afghanistan'. Speaker: Simon Rushton is a Faculty Research Fellow in Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield.
Date:
Friday 29th November 2013

The Conversation: Iran's nuclear weapons deal will rebalance the Middle East

The Conversation: Iran's nuclear weapons deal will rebalance the Middle East
Description
Written by Stefan Wolff. Signed by the P5 + Germany and mediated by the EU's foreign policy chief, Baroness Catherine Ashton, the deal achieved with Iran on the latter's nuclear programme has important implications for regional and international security dynamics that go well beyond nuclear weapons.
Date:
Wednesday 27th November 2013

Listen to our latest podcasts

Listen to our latest podcasts
Description
Listen to the latest podcasts from across the School of Government and Society. Podcasts include our Departmental termly seminar series, academic research and current affairs.
Date:
Friday 22nd November 2013

Students vote Birmingham as a top UK University for Politics

Students vote Birmingham as a top UK University for Politics
Description
POLSIS has been voted as one of the top departments in the country for studying Politics in the UK. The survey, carried out by Which? University Guide canvassed the views of over 16,000 students across the UK.
Date:
Thursday 21st November 2013

POLSIS seminar series podcast: The Eurocrisis and Democratic Legitimacy

POLSIS seminar series podcast: The Eurocrisis and Democratic Legitimacy
Description
The Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) Departmental Seminar. Speakers: Huw Macartney (POLSIS), David Bailey (POLSIS) and Greig Charnock (Manchester).
Date:
Thursday 21st November 2013

The Conversation: Recovery from the Arab Spring will take a generation or more

The Conversation: Recovery from the Arab Spring will take a generation or more
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff. At a meeting at the Wall Street Journal this week, Martin E Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, noted that the United States' ability to exercise influence in the Middle East had significantly diminished over the course of the Arab Spring. He noted in particular that there are fewer and fewer good options left for dealing with the conflict in Syria.
Date:
Wednesday 20th November 2013

ESRC grant success for Birmingham

ESRC grant success for Birmingham
Description
We are delighted to announce that the University of Birmingham has risen to third in the UK with Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) grant success in terms of values of award according to the Times Higher statistics.
Date:
Wednesday 20th November 2013

POLSIS seminar series podcast: Tolstoy's Question: The Ecological Preconditions of Global Justice

POLSIS seminar series podcast: Tolstoy's Question: The Ecological Preconditions of Global Justice
Description
The Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) Departmental Seminar. Speaker: Simon Caney (Oxford University); Discussant: Luis Cabrera (POLSIS) co-sponsored by Global Ethics.
Date:
Thursday 14th November 2013

The Conversation: Back towards the brink in Iraq as old tensions are renewed

The Conversation: Back towards the brink in Iraq as old tensions are renewed
Description
Written by Stefan Wolff. Things have not been going well in Iraq for a while. Sectarian violence is on the increase, having reached levels last seen in 2008. As a consequence, the government of Nouri al-Maliki is in dire straits. The same prime minister who negotiated a restrictive status-of-forces agreement with the United States in 2008, now comes begging to Washington for military aid and support.
Date:
Wednesday 13th November 2013

Economic and Social Research Council funding

Economic and Social Research Council funding
Description
We are able to offer 22 ESRC scholarships to fund postgraduate training and doctoral research, with both +3 (PhD) and 1+3 (Masters and PhD) funding available. A full ESRC scholarship comprises research fees, relevant bench fees, and an annual Research Council stipend (£13,726 in 2013/14). Applications for ESRC funding beginning in October 2014 are now being accepted.
Date:
Wednesday 13th November 2013

Tim Haughton Writes on the Czech Parliamentary Election for the Washington Post

Tim Haughton Writes on the Czech Parliamentary Election for the Washington Post
Description
CREES Director Tim Haughton (POLSIS) co-wrote an analysis of the Czech Elections for the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog explaining the second electoral earthquake to hit the Czech Republic in three years.
Date:
Tuesday 12th November 2013

CREES involved in NATO Advanced Research Workshop

CREES involved in NATO Advanced Research Workshop
Description
Dr Derek Averre, Centre for Russian and East European Studies, co-organising a NATO-funded workshop 'Towards Common Perceptions of Emerging Security Challenges' with the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Europe.
Date:
Tuesday 12th November 2013
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