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.

Zambia slides towards authoritarianism as IMF props up government

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Written by Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy, University of Birmingham. The IMF's decision to go ahead with a bailout package for Zambia, despite the government's democratic failings, could embolden the president to pursue an authoritarian strategy.
Date:
Monday 19th June 2017

IDD Policy Research Shapes Debate

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On Friday 09 June 2017, the International Development Department hosted a policy open day to share the findings of recent research projects with senior partners and policy makers.
Date:
Friday 16th June 2017

IDD Lecturer awarded Outstanding Teaching Award 2016-17 in the College of Social Sciences

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The International Development Department (IDD) is pleased to announce that Willem Van Eekelen, a Part-time Visiting Lecturer in IDD, has been awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award for the College of Social Sciences 2016-17.
Date:
Friday 16th June 2017

INLOGOV Newsletter: Summer Edition

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Welcome to the Summer edition of the INLOGOV Newsletter. Below is an update of the latest news from INLOGOV, together with insight into what it is like to work or study here.
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Monday 12th June 2017

General Election 2017: Reactions

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Written by Professor Catherine Needham, Professor David Dunn, Dr Matt Cole, Dr Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay. "Having sought an increased majority, the Conservatives now find themselves in a minority, though still in government, and within days of the start of Brexit negotiations. The electoral process which the British public did not seek has produced an outcome few politicians wanted. It will be another test of the difficult dialogue between the political class and their frustrated electorate."
Date:
Monday 12th June 2017

Four ways the Kenyan elections could be rigged – and how to stop it

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Written by Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy, University of Birmingham. The closer the race between the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, the more Kenyans will start to worry about election rigging.
Date:
Friday 9th June 2017

Thoughts on the 2017 General Election

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Written by Professor David Cutts, Professor of Political Science. "Depending on what poll you believe and if you are persuaded by noises from the troops on the ground, the race is either close or the Conservatives are still likely to achieve a comfortable majority. The fundamentals point to the latter."
Date:
Thursday 8th June 2017

Student report: Graciela Margareta Correia Magno, Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation training programme with ICCS (2017)

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Thank you for the funding support from the School of Government's Student Enhancement Fund to attend the training program in Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation.
Date:
Thursday 8th June 2017

Student report: John Allison, Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation training programme with ICCS (2017)

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Thanks to funds from the School of Government's Student Enhancement Fund, I was able to participate in a 5-day training programme in Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation.
Date:
Thursday 8th June 2017

Student report: Ciaran McDiamond, BA International Relations and Political Science with Year Abroad

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Whilst on my year abroad at The University of Hong Kong I was lucky enough to take part on a study visit to The Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (North Korea).
Date:
Thursday 8th June 2017

POLSIS Annual Staff vs. Undergraduates Football Match

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The annual POLSIS staff vs student football game took place on Wednesday 31 May 2017.
Date:
Thursday 8th June 2017

Making Climate Compatible Development Happen

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Fiona Nunan draws out key lessons from her edited book 'Making Climate Compatible Development Happen' in a blog on the Climate and Development Knowledge Network website.
Date:
Thursday 8th June 2017

Populists are not taking over Europe, but neither are they on the way out

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Written by Dr Daniele Albertazzi, Senior Lecturer in European Politics. "The time has therefore come to take populists seriously as builders of organizations, shapers of political agendas and, increasingly, as parties in power. Their success may be far from inevitable, but they are definitely here to stay."
Date:
Friday 2nd June 2017

Report: 9th Historical Analysis for Defence and Security Symposium

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ICCS Research Fellow Dr Chris Wyatt presented a paper at Dstl in May on 'UAVs and Air Control on the North-West Frontier'.
Date:
Thursday 1st June 2017

ICCS success at the 6th annual Doctoral Research Awards

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Donatella Bonansinga was awarded an Honourable Mention for her doctoral research project at the Doctoral Research Awards hosted by the Association of British Turkish Academics.
Date:
Thursday 1st June 2017

With Trump leaving on his first foreign trip, here are 4 lessons about face-to-face diplomacy

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By Marcus Holmes and Nicholas J. Wheeler for the Washington Post. On Friday, President Trump departs on his first foreign trip. Over the course of nine days, he'll meet many leaders face-to-face for the first time, including key NATO leaders.
Date:
Thursday 1st June 2017

'General Election: Student Voices' - special episode of the Political Worldview podcast

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Political Worldview has a special 'Student Voices' episode, out now! We're joined by four current Birmingham students to talk about the UK election from their perspective: the parties, the policies, the social media echo-chamber, and the vexed question of why youth turnout isn't higher.
Date:
Thursday 1st June 2017

The Manchester attack: what do the security measures mean for the UK moving forward?

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Written by Professor David Hastings Dunn, Professor in International Politics. "With this level of activity questions need to be asked whether enough is being done to resource the Police and Intelligence Agencies for the considerable challenge that they face. This is true not just in tracking the potential perpetrators of actual plots but also in educating the public and potential family members in what to look for in a radicalized and alienated individual."
Date:
Friday 26th May 2017

Graduate Centre for Europe reassessed Britain's relations with Europe during its 11th Annual Conference

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Graduate Centre for Europe reassessed Britain's relations with Europe during its 11th Annual Conference.
Date:
Friday 26th May 2017

Democracy is taking root in Africa. But that doesn't mean it works all the time

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Written by Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy, University of Birmingham. As we celebrate Africa Day and reflect on how far the continent has come since the Organisation of African Unity was founded in 1963, it's a good time to assess whether democracy is working.
Date:
Thursday 25th May 2017
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