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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.

IGS podcast: Is Germany to blame? Perceptions of Germany during the Eurocrisis

IGS podcast: Is Germany to blame? Perceptions of Germany during the Eurocrisis
Description
As part of its research project, '(Not) Made in Germany? Imagining Germany from the Outside', the Institute for German Studies will be welcoming Joachim Schild and Dieter Berckvens (University of Trier), presented their work.
Date:
Friday 29th May 2015

400 heads are better than one: Tales from a public management conference

400 heads are better than one: Tales from a public management conference
Description
Written by Sue Olney. In this post, Sue Olney (@olney_sue) gives us an overview of the International Research Society of Public Management Conference (IRSPM) hosted by INLOGOV, and provides some highlights as well as links to interesting sessions.
Date:
Friday 29th May 2015

Securing Sierra Leone, 1997-2013: Defence, Diplomacy and Development in Action

Securing Sierra Leone, 1997-2013: Defence, Diplomacy and Development in Action
Description
Professor Paul Jackson has recently co-authored a new book on Securing Sierra Leone, 1997–2013. Launched at RUSI in May 2015, the monograph examines the development and impact of security-sector reform on the state-building process in Sierra Leone.
Date:
Thursday 28th May 2015

CHASR: A Student's Insight

CHASR: A Student's Insight
Description
RTC has been collaborating with the International Development Department (IDD) for a number of years. Our Masters student, Jeffery Hamann, recounts his experience of taking part in an RTC-led conflict simulation exercise as part of his course. The simulation was conducted as a part of the IDD's CHASR (Conflict, Humanitarian Aid and Social Reconstruction) module.
Date:
Thursday 28th May 2015

Blog: Central African Republic takes a small step towards peace – but a leap is what's needed

Blog: Central African Republic takes a small step towards peace – but a leap is what's needed
Description
Written by Professor Paul Jackson. The signing of a major peace agreement by ten rebel groups in the Central African Republic is a welcome step towards peace after years of violent chaos.
Date:
Thursday 28th May 2015

Villagers front-line in the battle against Prosopis in Ethiopia

Villagers front-line in the battle against Prosopis in Ethiopia
Description
IDD PT MSc student and Business Development Manager at CABI Paul Rogers reports on his dissertation fieldwork in Ethiopia on CABI's invasive species blog.
Date:
Thursday 28th May 2015

Blog: As refugee crisis deepens, the world is losing patience with South Sudan

Blog: As refugee crisis deepens, the world is losing patience with South Sudan
Description
Written by Jonathan Fisher, lecturer in IDD. South Sudan has now been at war since 2013, with no end in sight. And while the two sides focus on defeating each other, the humanitarian situation on the ground is only deteriorating.
Date:
Thursday 28th May 2015

Podcast: Emancipation without agenda? – The recovery of non-Western subjecthood and its implications for the study of world politics

Podcast: Emancipation without agenda? – The recovery of non-Western subjecthood and its implications for the study of world politics
Description
This discussion assembled scholars from different fields and of diverse regional expertise to present the different forms of non-Western subjecthood that they identify or envisage in order to discuss the possibility and constellations of non-Western subjecthood and corresponding forms of agency. The event thus made an attempt to link recent theoretical debates about a 'post-Western' IR with insights from other disciplines to show how post-colonial agency operates both within the framework of the international state system, but also appears in more diffuse and less obvious ways that serve to challenge and re-shape this system.
Date:
Friday 22nd May 2015

Blog: Do select committees deserve 'universal praise'?

Blog: Do select committees deserve 'universal praise'?
Description
In this post, Dr Stephen Bates and Dr Mark Goodwin argue that a more rounded evaluation of Select Committees is needed to assess whether they deserve 'universal praise'.
Date:
Friday 22nd May 2015

Blog: A new typology of local government systems

Blog: A new typology of local government systems
Description
Written by Pawel Swianiewicz. "Typologies of the European systems of local government are important and frequent point of reference for many scholars. But the trouble for scholars from my part of Europe is that the most popular classifications concentrate on Western part of the continent, totally disregarding the post-communist Central and Eastern Europe."
Date:
Friday 22nd May 2015

Blog: The Wedding of the Century: More Evidence of a Soft Exit for Chechnya?

Blog: The Wedding of the Century: More Evidence of a Soft Exit for Chechnya?
Description
By Karena Avedissian. In Chechnya, the wedding of a 17-year old girl and a middle-aged policeman has put centre-periphery relations and the growing divergence of regional arrangements in Chechnya and the rest of the Russian Federation in the spotlight.
Date:
Friday 22nd May 2015

IGS podcast: 50 Years of German-Israeli Relations: Reflections on History, Memory and International Politics

IGS podcast: 50 Years of German-Israeli Relations: Reflections on History, Memory and International Politics
Description
IGS Symposium. Speakers: Lorena De Vita (Aberystwyth University); Harald Kindermann (former FRG Ambassador to Israel); Shimon Stein (former Israeli Ambassador to the FRG); Ruth Wittlinger (University of Durham).
Date:
Friday 22nd May 2015

Podcast: Take A Chance: Trust-Building Across Identity Groups

Podcast: Take A Chance: Trust-Building Across Identity Groups
Description
Speaker: Professor Andrew Kydd (University of Wisconsin). Trust is central to cooperation and it is often taken for granted that trust is higher among members of an identity group than between groups. However, apart from assimilation or creating new overarching identities, we lack a compelling explanation for trust-building.
Date:
Friday 22nd May 2015

Podcast: Violence, Civilization and Humanity

Podcast: Violence, Civilization and Humanity
Description
Speaker: Professor Andrew Linklater (Aberystwyth University). The ICCS Distinguished Lecture Series continues on the 18th May with a talk from Professor Andrew Linklater, arguably one of the 50 key thinkers writing in the field of International Relations today. Professor Linklater will discuss his recent research on 'Violence, Civilization and Humanity'.
Date:
Friday 22nd May 2015

Undergraduate Open Days - 26-27 June 2015

Undergraduate Open Days - 26-27 June 2015
Description
Our Undergraduate Open Days offer you the perfect opportunity to hear first-hand from our current undergraduates and teaching staff about living and learning at Birmingham.
Date:
Friday 22nd May 2015

China and India sign US$22 billion in deals but tensions simmer under the surface

China and India sign US$22 billion in deals but tensions simmer under the surface
Description
Written by Dr Tsering Topgyal. Despite the emphasis on a mutually beneficial economic relationship, political and security concerns have the power to undermine cooperation between China and India.
Date:
Wednesday 20th May 2015

As refugee crisis deepens, the world is losing patience with South Sudan

As refugee crisis deepens, the world is losing patience with South Sudan
Description
Written by Dr Jonathan Fisher. Africa's youngest country has been at war for 18 months, and its people are paying the price. Its neighbours and supporters aren't happy.
Date:
Wednesday 20th May 2015

University Showcases Dynamic Doctoral Researcher Community in POLSIS

University Showcases Dynamic Doctoral Researcher Community in POLSIS
Description
Last week doctoral researchers in POLSIS organized a colloquium and presented their latest findings to peers from across the University.
Date:
Tuesday 19th May 2015

IDD researchers share findings at OECD discussions on peacebuilding and statebuilding

IDD researchers share findings at OECD discussions on peacebuilding and statebuilding
Description
Heather Marquette leads a team of researchers from IDD who will present their work at the OECD this week. They will share findings with two INCAF Task Teams at discussions of the Peacebuilding and Statebuilding Goals on legitimate politics and on revenues and services.
Date:
Tuesday 19th May 2015

Burundi teeters on the brink of civil war following coup attempt

Burundi teeters on the brink of civil war following coup attempt
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff. An attempt by the incumbent president to change the constitution and run for a third term has exposed deep and dangerous divisions.
Date:
Monday 18th May 2015
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Blog: Central African Republic takes a small step towards peace – but a leap is what's needed

Blog: Central African Republic takes a small step towards peace – but a leap is what's needed
Description
Written by Professor Paul Jackson. The signing of a major peace agreement by ten rebel groups in the Central African Republic is a welcome step towards peace after years of violent chaos.
Date:
28/05/2015

Blog: As refugee crisis deepens, the world is losing patience with South Sudan

Blog: As refugee crisis deepens, the world is losing patience with South Sudan
Description
Written by Jonathan Fisher, lecturer in IDD. South Sudan has now been at war since 2013, with no end in sight. And while the two sides focus on defeating each other, the humanitarian situation on the ground is only deteriorating.
Date:
28/05/2015

Blog: Do select committees deserve 'universal praise'?

Blog: Do select committees deserve 'universal praise'?
Description
In this post, Dr Stephen Bates and Dr Mark Goodwin argue that a more rounded evaluation of Select Committees is needed to assess whether they deserve 'universal praise'.
Date:
22/05/2015

Blog: A new typology of local government systems

Blog: A new typology of local government systems
Description
Written by Pawel Swianiewicz. "Typologies of the European systems of local government are important and frequent point of reference for many scholars. But the trouble for scholars from my part of Europe is that the most popular classifications concentrate on Western part of the continent, totally disregarding the post-communist Central and Eastern Europe."
Date:
22/05/2015