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POLSIS MA Study tour visit Brussels, January 2016

POLSIS MA Study tour visit Brussels, January 2016
Description
Every year all MA students based within POLSIS have the opportunity to take part in an study trip to Brussels. The group, led by Lorenzo Cladi, Nino Kemoklidze and Chiara Morbi, visited the European Commission, the European Parliament, NATO and the Council of the European Union.
Date:
Monday 1st February 2016

Birmingham Policy Commissioners give evidence to the Human Rights Committee Inquiry on 'the UK Government's policy on the use of drones for targeted killing'

Birmingham Policy Commissioners give evidence to the Human Rights Committee Inquiry on 'the UK Government's policy on the use of drones for targeted killing'
Description
On 09 December, Birmingham Policy Commission Chair, Sir David Omand and Commissioner Jennifer Gibson, were asked to give evidence at the first session of the Parliamentary Human Rights Committee inquiry on 'the UK Government's policy on the use of drones for targeted killing'.
Date:
Thursday 28th January 2016

Win a free place on the 2016 ICCS training programme

Win a free place on the 2016 ICCS training programme
Description
To coincide with this year's training programme in Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation, the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security has launched a competition to offer a free place on the 5-day programme, worth £300.
Date:
Wednesday 27th January 2016

IGS podcast: 25 Years of German Unification

IGS podcast: 25 Years of German Unification
Description
Speakers: Dr Tereza Novotna (Université Libre de Bruxelles): 'How Germany Unified and the EU Enlarged: Negotiating the Accession through Transplantation and Adaptation'. Professor Chloe Paver (University of Exeter): 'Emotions and Everyday Life in Museums of GDR History and Culture'. Chair: Dr Isabelle Hertner (IGS).
Date:
Tuesday 26th January 2016

IGS podcast: 'Writing La Serenissima: Identity, Willpower and Performance in Rilke's Idea of Venice'

IGS podcast: 'Writing La Serenissima: Identity, Willpower and Performance in Rilke's Idea of Venice'
Description
Speaker: Professor Robert Vilain (University of Bristol).
Date:
Tuesday 26th January 2016

IGS podcast: Whose War? Whose Memory? Teaching the First World War in International Perspective

IGS podcast: Whose War? Whose Memory? Teaching the First World War in International Perspective
Description
Speakers: Professor Eckhardt Fuchs (TU Braunschweig); Dr Catriona Pennell (University of Exeter); Peter Glasgow (Peace Pledge Union).
Date:
Tuesday 26th January 2016

Podcast: Nuclear strategy in the cyber age: new challenges for the ultimate weapon

Podcast: Nuclear strategy in the cyber age: new challenges for the ultimate weapon
Description
Speaker: Dr Andrew Futter (Senior Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Leicester).
Date:
Tuesday 26th January 2016

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

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

How Iran's hardliners still threaten the nuclear deal

How Iran's hardliners still threaten the nuclear deal
Description
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
Description
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

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

Description
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

2015: the year in elections
Description
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?
Description
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
Description
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

Description
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
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