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.

Whatever you believe, the Trump presidency is going to test it

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Written by Dr Adam Quinn. Nearly three weeks into a four-year term, this much is clear about the Trump presidency: moderation is not the plan. Anyone who predicted America would see a different Donald Trump in office from the man on display during campaign season can now be counted among the many prognosticators who have placed and lost their chips in recent times.
Date:
Thursday 9th February 2017

Report: Responsible Nuclear Sovereignty and the Future of the Global Nuclear Order

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The British American Security Information Council (BASIC), in partnership with the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation, and Security (ICCS), have written a report which seeks to foster an international dialogue about the responsibilities of nuclear-armed states.
Date:
Wednesday 8th February 2017

IDD Guest seminar podcast: The Micro-Dynamics Of Diamonds in the Revolutionary United Front

IDD Guest seminar podcast: The Micro-Dynamics Of Diamonds in the Revolutionary United Front
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Speaker: Dr Zoe Marks, University of Edinburgh.
Date:
Wednesday 8th February 2017

Podcast: The Brexit Negotiations: An EU Perspective

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Speakers: Jacqueline Minor, European Commission's Head of Representation and Professor Martin Trybus, Birmingham Law School, Professor of European Law and Policy. Chair: Jamie Gaskarth, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
Date:
Wednesday 8th February 2017

Podcast: The Disappearance of the Battlefield in the Age of Global Targeting

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Speaker: Dr Antoine Bousquet (Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Birkbeck College, London).
Date:
Thursday 2nd February 2017

Podcast: Social Trust in International Relations

Podcast: Social Trust in International Relations
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Speaker: Dr Vince Keating (University of Southern Denmark).
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Tuesday 31st January 2017

Political Parties Expert Delivers Seminar on Radical Right-Wing Political Parties

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Professor Sarah de Lange (University of Amsterdam) visited POLSIS to present her research on radical right-wing populist parties in Europe.
Date:
Tuesday 31st January 2017

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Politically Smart Support to Economic Development

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Politically Smart Support to Economic Development
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Speaker: Dr David Booth, Overseas Development Institute.
Date:
Tuesday 31st January 2017

IDD Guest seminar podcast: How Change Happens

IDD Guest seminar podcast: How Change Happens
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What works in achieving progressive change? How do power and systems shape change, and how can you influence them? Duncan Green, Strategic Adviser at Oxfam GB, discussed the themes of his new book How Change Happens.
Date:
Tuesday 31st January 2017

Podcast: From Europe's troubled periphery to security provider: Albanian Foreign Policy in regional and European context

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Deputy Foreign Minister of Albania, Dr Odeta Barbullushi, who studied for a PhD at the University of Birmingham spoke to staff and students about the security threats facing her country and the wider Western Balkans region.
Date:
Tuesday 31st January 2017

Islands of integrity: funding award for IDD corruption research

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IDD research on how to effectively fight corruption has won funding from the British Academy's Sustainable Development Programme, part of the UK government's £1.5 billion Global Challenges Research Fund.
Date:
Monday 30th January 2017

Don Noels talks of life under Apartheid in South Africa

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Anti-apartheid campaigner, Don Noels, came to POLSIS to speak to students and staff about life under apartheid in South Africa, as well as the contemporary political situation in his home country.
Date:
Monday 30th January 2017

Podcast: Education and Peace-Building in Deeply Divided Societies

Podcast: Education and Peace-Building in Deeply Divided Societies
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Speaker: Dr Giuditta Fontana (University of Birmingham). Education reform is often hailed as a panacea after civil wars: it is expected to reformulate identities, heal the wounds of war, reconcile future citizens, and include the formerly marginalised into the political, cultural and economic institutions of the state. But which education reforms are promoted in peace agreements in practice? And how do schools foster peace and stability after civil wars?
Date:
Friday 27th January 2017

The imminent partition of Syria

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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. After nearly six years of uprising, conflict and chaos, the partition of Syria is imminent. President Bashar al-Assad will of course rail against it; his crucial ally Iran will probably resist too, and the marginalised US won't even acknowledge the prospect. But the lines are nonetheless being drawn.
Date:
Thursday 26th January 2017

Trump as Brexit Britain's BFF? remember: for him talk is cheap

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Written by Dr Adam Quinn. Donald Trump was elected to bring change. In one way at least he is a cert to deliver: for as long as he serves, the world will never want for a presidential opinion on a controversial topic.
Date:
Thursday 26th January 2017

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

Professor Cheeseman discusses the prospects for African democracy in 2017

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Birmingham's new Professor of Democracy, Nic Cheeseman, has set out his vision of democracy in Africa in 2017 with the BBC, Washington Post and Royal African Society.
Date:
Monday 16th 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
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