News in the departments

Keep up to date with the latest news and events from around the school and the wide-ranging projects our staff and students get involved with.

Trending research: 'Syria: Laying the Foundations for a Credible and Sustainable Transition'

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An article by Scott Lucas, Christalla Yakinthou and Stefan Wolff is currently receiving plenty of attention online.
Date:
Wednesday 18th January 2017

Latest POLSIS publications show breadth of research

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2016 was a banner year for high-profile publications by POLSIS staff, offering cutting-edge analysis on areas from China to Syria and on topics from security to totalitarianism to gender and political economy.
Date:
Thursday 22nd December 2016

Conference Report: 'Drones for the UK'

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On 27 October 2016, ICCS Doctoral Researcher Lindsay Clark attended the inaugural workshop of the Cambridge Analysis Institute, Cambridge.
Date:
Wednesday 21st December 2016

ICCS launches new MSc degree for 2017

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The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS), in partnership with the Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS), is delighted to announce the introduction of a new MSc degree in the Political Psychology of International Relations.
Date:
Tuesday 20th December 2016

ICCS launches new MSc degree for 2017

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The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS), in partnership with the Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS), is delighted to announce the introduction of a new MSc degree in the Political Psychology of International Relations.
Date:
Tuesday 20th December 2016

South-East Asia takes stock after a year of alarming democratic decline

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Doctoral Researchers Scott Edwards (Birmingham) and Moch Faisal Karim (Warwick) discuss democratic decline in South-East Asia
Date:
Monday 19th December 2016

Stop the drama: Italy's referendum outcome will not lead to the break-up of the EU

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In the aftermath of Italy's referendum and of Matteo Renzi's resignation, a new government has taken office in Italy, led by former FM Paolo Gentiloni. What does the future hold for Italy and for the EU? Reflecting on media coverage of the referendum, Daniele Albertazzi takes issue with the hyperbole that has characterised much of the commentary, arguing that in spite of the country's many problems, Italy is still capable of holding a referendum without bringing the whole European edifice down.
Date:
Thursday 15th December 2016

School Enhancement Fund supports Student attendance at international training seminar

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Thanks to funds from the School of Government's Student Enhancement Fund I was able to participate in an Executive Training Seminar on parliaments in regional organisations at the European University Institute in Florence.
Date:
Wednesday 14th December 2016

Tackling the UN's Sustainable Development Goals head-on

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Recent graduate Sarah Njenga spent two weeks in the US this summer immersing herself in the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
Date:
Wednesday 14th December 2016

Why leadership matters

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In order to avoid the anxiety of wondering about the 'what ifs' in life, humans have a tendency to think that things will carry on much as they did before. It's what psychologists term 'continuity bias'. However, 2016 is testimony to the fact that this assumption is not always reflective of events. This year, 'change' was the watchword and changes in political leadership characterised 2016.
Date:
Wednesday 14th December 2016

Crises as opportunities for change and transformation?

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The Political Economy group has been tackling the theme "Crises as opportunities for change and transformation?" in its recent research outputs.
Date:
Wednesday 14th December 2016

Students attend a private briefing with the National Security Advisor

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Students on the third year module 'Strategy and Decisionmaking' were able to attend a private briefing in London with the National Security Advisor, Sir Mark Lyall Grant at the RUSI before being given a tour of the Houses of Parliament.
Date:
Tuesday 13th December 2016

IGS PhD Researcher Wins Award in Hamburg

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Marlene Schrijnders, 3d year PhD researcher at the University of Birmingham, was awarded with the first prize at the Deutscher Historikertag in Hamburg for her poster titled "Endzeitopia".
Date:
Tuesday 13th December 2016

US Election 2016: Clinton v Trump - understanding the result and what happens next

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Speakers: Dr Jacob Parakilas, Assistant Head, US and the Americas Programme, Chatham House: Royal Institute of International Affairs; Dr Maria Ryan, University of Nottingham; Prof. Scott Lucas (POLSIS); Dr Adam Quinn (POLSIS).
Date:
Tuesday 13th December 2016

IDD PhD student wins University's Images of Research 2016/17

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Louis Francis Monroy Santander, Postgraduate Researcher in the International Development department won first place in the 2016/17 Images of Research with a photograph entitled "Resistance to international peace-building: the case of Bosnia-Herzegovina".
Date:
Friday 9th December 2016

IDD at the forefront of international change: The UN Secretary-General apologises to the victims of cholera in Haiti

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On 01 December 2016, the United Nations Secretary-General has announced a new approach to cholera in Haiti, including compensation to communities and families of victims. The UN Secretary-General has also apologised for what happened and asked forgiveness from Haitian victims, in Creole, French and English. Cholera has been introduced in 2010 by UN peacekeepers, and has killed at least 9,200 people and infected more than 800,000. The University of Birmingham has been active in lobbying for a new UN approach regarding the compensation of the victims of cholera in Haiti.
Date:
Friday 9th December 2016

Andrew Mitchell, MP Debates the Syrian Crisis

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The Middle East Politics Research Group and POLSIS hosted a talk by Andrew Mitchell, MP, on the Syrian crisis.
Date:
Thursday 8th December 2016

School Enhancement Fund supports Student attendance at Model UN

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The London International MUN HS took place this weekend where 100 high school students engaged in a simulation of the different committees at the UN. Through the different sessions they were able to come up with high-quality resolutions portraying their commitment and developing their diplomatic skills.
Date:
Thursday 8th December 2016

Aris Yunandar, The 6th Prague Conference on Southeast Asia Studies

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With the funding from the POLSIS Student Enhancement funds, Aris Yunandar have traveled to Prague to present his paper in a forum full of scholars in Southeast Asia Studies
Date:
Thursday 8th December 2016

International Political Economy Guest Lecture 'Doing IPE Research'

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Professor Mat Watson (Warwick), Dr Sophie Harman (Queen Mary), and Dr Megan Daigle (Aberystwyth) gave a Guest Lecture on 'Doing IPE Research' (27 October 2016).
Date:
Thursday 1st December 2016
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