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.

Egypt faces rough times ahead: four points on the recent ISIS attacks

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Written by Dr Gerasimos Tsourapas, Lecturer in Middle East Politics. In the most brutal attack against the Egyptian Coptic Christian minority in recent memory, ISIS bombed two churches on 9 April. At least 47 Egyptians were killed in Alexandria and Tanta, a small town in the Nile Delta. ISIS claimed responsibility for planting an explosive device under a seat at Tanta's Saint George's Church and for the suicide bombing at Alexandria's Saint Marks' Coptic Orthodox Cathedral – a few hours later. What does this mean for ISIS, the post-2011 Egypt, and its Coptic community, the largest Christian minority in the Middle East?
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Friday 21st April 2017

Haiti's cholera victims still can't get what they need from the UN

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Written by Nicolas Lemay-Hébert, Senior Lecturer, International Development Department and Rosa Freedman, Professor of Law, Conflict and Global Development, University of Reading. By not acknowledging what Haitians themselves think they need, the UN is failing to sort out one of its worst ever blunders.
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Thursday 20th April 2017

Why Russia and the US struggle to understand each other's behaviour

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Written by Kevork Oskanian, Teaching Fellow, University of Birmingham. The future of the relationship between the US and Russia depends on whether the Kremlin can find a way to interpret Trump's motives.
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Friday 14th April 2017

Three fully-funded opportunities for doctoral research with POLSIS staff members

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A number of POLSIS staff members have been successful in securing funding for Ph.D. studentships through the University of Birmingham's Global Challenges Fund. Funding will cover full payment of tuition fees, plus an annual maintenance doctoral stipend at £14,553. Interested students are encouraged to reach out to the potential supervisors ahead of the 28 April 2017 deadline.
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Thursday 13th April 2017

ICCS students join forces with conflict practitioners for annual training programme

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In March 2017, the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security hosted its fourth annual training programme on 'Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation' at the University of Birmingham. The programme brought together current students with delegates from around the world, including from the Czech Republic, Nepal and the United States, to learn about the different approaches to conflict resolution in International Relations.
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Thursday 13th April 2017

National Centre for the study of Security established

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A team of researchers including Dr Cerwyn Moore secured a £4.35 million ESRC award to set up The Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST).
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Wednesday 12th April 2017

What happens after Islamic State?

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The latest issue of CREST Security Review (CSR), guest edited by Birmingham's Dr Cerwyn Moore discusses the future of the region following the decline of Islamic State (IS).
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Wednesday 12th April 2017

Old Joe - Rapid Research: Louis Francis Monroy-Santander

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My research focuses on the possibilities of connecting state-building practices with ground reconciliation initiatives in Bosnia-Herzegovina. It critically looks at the spaces for connecting practices of transitional justice with projects for inter-ethnic reconciliation between the three main ethnic groups in the country.
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Wednesday 12th April 2017

Professor leads inaugural lecture audience to successful evening

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The College of Social Sciences was delighted to host the inaugural lecture of Professor Catherine Staite, Director for Public Sector Reform and part of the Institute for Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) on Wednesday 5 April 2017.
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Monday 10th April 2017

South Africans are learning that they're not that exceptional after all

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Written by Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy, University of Birmingham. The notion of South African exceptionalism runs deep. Many people in the country believe that in some cases they are superior to the rest of the continent.
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Monday 10th April 2017

Why South Sudan continues to fall out of favour with its international partners

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Written by Jonathan Fisher, Lecturer in International Development, University of Birmingham. Last month South Sudan announced a dramatic increase in the cost of aid-worker permits from $100 to $10,000. It's now backtracked on the decision.
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Monday 10th April 2017

Russia's domestic terrorism threat is serious, sophisticated and complex

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Written by Mark Youngman, PhD Candidate, POLSIS and Cerwyn Moore, Senior lecturer in International Relations and Programme Director for the Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats, University of Birmingham. From the Islamic State to North Caucasian rebels and far-right nationalists, Russia is facing overlapping extremist threats.
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Wednesday 5th April 2017

Is violent political protest ever justified?

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Written by Christopher J. Finlay, Reader in Political Theory, University of Birmingham. The idea that violence is acceptable when levelled against tyranny is a core American belief.
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Wednesday 29th March 2017

ESRC seminar - Knowledge Conflicts and Conflict Knowledge

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This session explored the issues of epistemology, focusing particularly on how different social and cultural frameworks affect how conflict knowledge is collected and interpreted.
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Monday 27th March 2017

Third-year POLSIS undergraduate's dissertation benefits from Student Enhancement Fund

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Student Enhancement Fund enabled undergraduate POLSIS student to engage in archival research for his dissertation
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Monday 27th March 2017

IDD host FCO Africa Study Day

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The International Development Department (IDD) were pleased to host the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)'s Africa Study Day at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
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Friday 24th March 2017

FBI's Russia probe threatens a reckoning for team Trump

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Written by Dr Adam Quinn. The slow drip of leaks about the Trump team's Russian connections has given way to something much more threatening.
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Friday 24th March 2017

The Cyber Threat to the United Kingdom: Reality Check

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Written by Gavin E L Hall, Doctoral Researcher. "The corporate level is where the greatest threat exists. Potential perpetrators include nation-states seeking to create instability or economic distress, criminal gangs seeking to gain profit, hacktivists attempting to pursue a specific vendetta and Joe Bloggs citizen because he can."
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Wednesday 22nd March 2017

Call for papers: 'Finding Trust in Social Sciences'

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We invite proposals of individual papers on any theoretical, methodological, or empirical aspects of trust research. If interested in delivering a paper, please send a (working) title, an abstract of up to 400 words and a short bio by 19 May 2017.
Date:
Tuesday 21st March 2017

IDD newsletter - Spring/Summer 2017

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Welcome to the Spring/Summer 2017 edition of IDD's e-Newsletter, in a new format.
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Friday 17th March 2017
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