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.

Five years after independence, violence still stalks South Sudan

Five years after independence, violence still stalks South Sudan
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Written by Professor Paul Jackson, Professor of African Politics. Betrayed by corrupt mismanagement and personalised leadership, the world's youngest country is in danger of total collapse.
Date:
Friday 22nd July 2016

New publications by ICCS Honorary Research Fellow Andrew Futter

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Dr Andrew Futter has recently published a new edited volume on The United Kingdom and the Future of Nuclear Weapons.
Date:
Tuesday 19th July 2016

Democracy and the coup

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Written by Talat Farooq for The News International.
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Tuesday 19th July 2016

Beyond The Donald: four things to watch at the Republican Convention

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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. After a year of trying to bring him down, the Republican Party will rally behind Donald Trump this week – sort of.
Date:
Tuesday 19th July 2016

Can policing by consent involve remote control bombs and pre-emptive strikes?

Can policing by consent involve remote control bombs and pre-emptive strikes?
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Written by Professor David H. Dunn, University of Birmingham. Technology poses a challenge to how we treat suspects and police society.
Date:
Tuesday 12th July 2016

Fiona Nunan writes Topic Guide on Governance of natural resources

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In this Topic Guide these critical aspects of natural resource governance are examined, to help guide practitioners on how to approach this complexity.
Date:
Tuesday 12th July 2016

Forthcoming Conference on Parliaments and Legislatures

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The POLSIS British Politics Research Group are co-sponsoring the Political Studies Association Parliaments & Legislatures 2016 Conference
Date:
Tuesday 12th July 2016

European Studies Research Group hosted 1st Bridging Research Agendas Workshop

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On Thursday 30 June 2016, the European Studies Research Group held an informal workshop on various themes of the EU's foreign and neighbourhood policies.
Date:
Tuesday 12th July 2016

POLSIS Staff Member Wins Teaching Award

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Dr Julie Gilson has been awarded the College of Social Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award 2016.
Date:
Tuesday 12th July 2016

ESRC seminar - Does gender count? New methodologies and the gender dimensions of conflict data

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This seminar gathered together a range of gender, peace studies and geography scholars and practitioners based at institutions throughout the UK to share their thoughts and experiences on these key questions related to the place of gender issues in the theory and practice of peace and conflict research
Date:
Tuesday 12th July 2016

Symposium Report: Historical Analysis for Defence and Security

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ICCS Research Fellow Dr Chris Wyatt attended the 8th Historical Analysis for Defence and Security Symposium held by Dstl on 25 and 26 May. The aim of the event was to bring together historians, analysts and policy makers to discuss the use of historical events to understand topical and enduring defence and security issues. For over 30 years, MOD and Dstl have used analysis of historical campaigns and developments in academic understanding of conflict to provide a useful 'reality-check' to UK defence policy.
Date:
Tuesday 12th July 2016

'Mama, will you be deported?': Brexit vote triggers eruption of racism

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Dr Tereza Capelos comments on a Guardian Article around the EU Referendum. There has been a fivefold increase in reports of hate crime since the day of the referendum.
Date:
Tuesday 12th July 2016

Stabilisation Challenges Facing Iraq after the Defeat of Daesh

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ICCS Honorary Professor Paul Schulte, the former UK Commissioner for Iraq on the UN Commissions for Disarmament, gave a talk to the Iraqi Embassy in the UK on 06 June 2016.
Date:
Tuesday 12th July 2016

EU referendum: a contest between economics and emotion

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Tereza Capelos comments on an article in the Financial Times. Tereza sees the campaign in dispiriting terms, with fear as its dominant emotion. The Remain campaign has used warnings of post-Brexit property market collapses and budget holes to prevent voters from straying from the status quo.
Date:
Monday 11th July 2016

Podcast: Drones as Air Proscription? The case of South Arabia and Yemen in comparative perspective

Podcast: Drones as Air Proscription? The case of South Arabia and Yemen in comparative perspective
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Speaker: Clive Jones, Durham University.
Date:
Monday 11th July 2016

Scott Wisor responds to Obama's visit to Hiroshima

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President Obama visited Hiroshima last week and reiterated a normative commitment to a world free of nuclear weapons. His administration has taken several steps towards a world safer from nuclear conflict and nuclear accident, including securing a deal with Iran and hosting a series of nuclear security summits. But he has also authorized the strategic modernization of America's nuclear arsenal, arguably putting pressure on extant deterrence relationships, undermining the cause of nuclear non-proliferation, and putting further pressure on the NPT. Scott Wisor comments on these issues over at Political Violence at a Glance.
Date:
Monday 11th July 2016

NATO fights to hold western alliance together

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Written by Professor Mark Webber. The second organisational pillar of the European order isn't as threatened as the EU – but there's trouble ahead.
Date:
Friday 8th July 2016

Chilcot condemns Blair's behaviour, but declines to accuse him of lying

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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. The Iraq Inquiry has found that the case for invading Iraq was far from watertight and made without proper care. Deception, however, is another matter.
Date:
Friday 8th July 2016

Chilcot scolds Britain's intelligence community for its role in the Iraq War

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Written by Dr Jamie Gaskarth. Intelligence on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction was a core part of the case for war. The Chilcot Report has examined how it came to be so distorted.
Date:
Friday 8th July 2016

Brexit: global reaction to Britain's vote to leave the EU

Description
Rolling reaction from the US, Russia, France, Poland, Greece, Australia and Belgium to the UK's decision. Contributions from Professor Scott Lucas and Dr Isabelle Hertner.
Date:
Monday 27th June 2016
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