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.

EU Referendum: What the vote is REALLY doing to your STRESS levels?

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The question of what the future holds for Britain has caused increased stress levels across the population as uncertain times lie ahead. Express.co.uk spoke with Dr Tereza Capelos, senior lecturer in political psychology at the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security at Birmingham University and Nick Smith, a certified emotional intelligence coach about the stresses behind the EU Referendum.
Date:
Thursday 5th May 2016

Student enhancement events - with cake!

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POLSIS is a department committed to delivering the best possible learning experience to students and to help students fulfil their potential. The Academic Enhancement and Innovation Working Group, led by Dr Nicole Scicluna and Dr Lorenzo Cladi was pleased to organise yet another great event for the purpose of student enhancement.
Date:
Thursday 5th May 2016

Podcast: The Next Great Hope: The Humanitarian Initiative and Nuclear Weapons

Podcast: The Next Great Hope: The Humanitarian Initiative and Nuclear Weapons
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Speaker: Dr Jan Ruzicka (University of Aberystwyth), Chair: Professor Nicholas J Wheeler (Director, ICCS).
Date:
Thursday 5th May 2016

Brexit is about more than economics

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Last week The Birmingham Brief looked at Boris Johnson's comments on President Obama's intervention in the Brexit debate. Johnson's comments about Obama's background have received much critical attention, but one unlikely to cause the shift towards the Leave campaign that some of the polls suggest. The politics of Brexit are also important. Obama and the US have their own economic and strategic interests at stake in keeping the EU together.
Date:
Thursday 5th May 2016

European Commissioner Replies to Letter from POLSIS students

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The European Commissioner for Social Policy replied to letter in which students of the POLSIS module Institutions, Politics and Policies of the EU explained their views on the future of European integration in social policy.
Date:
Wednesday 4th May 2016

ICCS celebrates resounding success of third annual training programme

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In April 2016, the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security hosted the third annual training programme on 'Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation' at the University of Birmingham. The programme brought together delegates from across the UK, including students, researchers, and practitioners from international peace-building NGOs and diplomatic missions.
Date:
Friday 29th April 2016

Insight: Everyone's waiting for the first drone disaster

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GIVEN the collision at Heathrow and the potential for aerial terrorism, have regulators been caught napping on policing the skies, asks Dani Garavelli. Professor David Hastings Dunn, head of the Department of Political Science and International Studies at Birmingham University, believes it is only a matter of time before terrorists will be strapping explosives to drones, allowing them to by-pass security systems and carry out attacks on open-air events.
Date:
Friday 29th April 2016

"Brexit" Attacks President Obama...and Avoids the Issues

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One might be surprised that a prominent British politician would begin a comment about US President Barack Obama with a historical lie. One might not foresee an ethnic slur against the American leader. But that is exactly what happened last week when the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, used The Sun newspaper as a platform to denounce Obama's visit to Britain
Date:
Friday 29th April 2016

The Limits of States: Ethics, War, and Migration

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On the 28 June 2016, Professor Nicholas Wheeler will present an overview of the ICCS' current research project on 'Nuclear Ethics and Global Security: Reforming the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime' at Friends House, London. Participants to include Dr Cian O'Driscoll (Glasgow), Prof Jason Ralph (Leeds), Dr Tom Walker (Queens University Belfast).
Date:
Friday 29th April 2016

Drone Security: Why we need to develop new safety procedures

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"The need to develop new procedures for drones [RPA] to operate safely in or near controlled airspace is a matter requiring urgent attention in order to ensure air safety and to assure public confidence." Birmingham Policy Commission on the Security Impact of Drones: Challenges and Opportunities for the UK, 2014.
Date:
Monday 25th April 2016

Obama's disdain for Europe's 'free riders' makes this an awkward transatlantic trip

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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. Barack Obama's dour disappointment with Europe is far more powerful than his worries about a Brexit.
Date:
Monday 25th April 2016

Will the UN ever accept responsibility for Haiti's devastating cholera epidemic?

Will the UN ever accept responsibility for Haiti's devastating cholera epidemic?
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Written by Rosa Freedman and Nicolas Lemay-Hébert. The UN might now apologise for poisoning scores of Roma people in Kosovo – but its role in Haiti's cholera disaster still goes unacknowledged.
Date:
Monday 25th April 2016

Blog: The Rwanda Vision 2020 Umurenge Programme (VUP) public works and women's empowerment

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Written by Pamela Pozarny. In early April I attended the fifth Transfer Project (TP) meeting in Addis Ababa. Launched in 2008, the Transfer Project Workshop is a research and learning initiative, supporting improved knowledge and practice on social transfers in Sub-Sahara Africa. The broad objective of the TP is sharing latest research findings, methodologies, experiences and lessons learned among partners.
Date:
Thursday 21st April 2016

Blog: What is a Contested Conventions – and What Would One Mean for the GOP?

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Written by Adam Quinn, Senior Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Birmingham.
Date:
Thursday 21st April 2016

Blog: The May local elections: A selection of those in the metropolitan boroughs

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Written by Chris Game. Chris Game is a Visiting Lecturer at INLOGOV interested in the politics of local government; local elections, electoral reform and other electoral behaviour; party politics; political leadership and management; member-officer relations; central-local relations; use of consumer and opinion research in local government; the modernisation agenda and the implementation of executive local government.
Date:
Thursday 21st April 2016

Reality check

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Written by Talat Farooq. It is all very well to talk about the civil-military divide in Pakistan. Yes, the divide is there. Yes, it has always been there. Yes, the army exercises control over the national security policy. Yes, military dictators have played havoc with Pakistan's political landscape.
Date:
Thursday 14th April 2016

Why ASEAN Must Remain Neutral on the South China Sea

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Written by Scott Edwards. Pressure is growing on ASEAN to choose condemnation of China and both explicit and implicit support of the U.S. in the South China Sea.
Date:
Thursday 14th April 2016

Pakistan bombing: what is Jamaat ul-Ahrar?

Pakistan bombing: what is Jamaat ul-Ahrar?
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Written by Talat Farooq, Honorary Research Fellow. Lahore's Easter Sunday suicide attack is the latest chapter in Jamaat-ul-Ahrar's campaign against the Pakistani government – and people.
Date:
Tuesday 12th April 2016

Why Disney's Zootropolis might be the most important film you see this year

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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. It's a searing response to the great American paradox – and the US climate of suspicion and fear.
Date:
Tuesday 12th April 2016

How war in Nagorno-Karabakh could spread – and become a major problem for Europe

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Written by Kevork Oskanian. The Caucasus are more important and more connected today than in the 1990s, and a war between Armenia and Azerbaijan could create chaos for Europe.
Date:
Tuesday 12th April 2016
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