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.

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

Trump and Putin: How Special a Relationship?

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Written by Dr David White, Lecturer in Political Science. Time magazine's decision to make Donald Trump its 'Person of the Year' may have seemed like the ultimate no brainer in a year when we got rather used to expecting the unexpected. However, did the illustrious journal get it wrong? Instead could a case have been made for awarding this annual badge of prestige to Trump's counterpart in Moscow?
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.
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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

Will Trump reach out?

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Written by Dr Adam Quinn, Senior Lecturer in International Politics. "The occasion of his inaugural might offer a small early test of critical importance to the years ahead: is this president capable of exercising discipline and self-restraint, even when the incentive to do so could not be greater?"
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Friday 20th 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.
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Wednesday 18th January 2017

European Studies Research Group hosted Panel on State Building

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European Studies Research Group hosted a Panel discussion on Statebuilding.
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Tuesday 17th 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

Small drones and the use of chemical weapons as a terrorist threat

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Written by Professor David Hastings Dunn, Department of Political Science. "The fear is that IS are planning to marry together two technologies, drones as a dispersal device and chemical, biological or radiological material as the dispersant."
Date:
Thursday 12th 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

ICCS launches new MSc degree for 2017

Description
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

South-East Asia takes stock after a year of alarming democratic decline

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Doctoral Researchers Scott Edwards (Birmingham) and Moch Faisal Karim (Warwick) discuss democratic decline in South-East Asia
Date:
Monday 19th December 2016

Stop the drama: Italy's referendum outcome will not lead to the break-up of the EU

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In the aftermath of Italy's referendum and of Matteo Renzi's resignation, a new government has taken office in Italy, led by former FM Paolo Gentiloni. What does the future hold for Italy and for the EU? Reflecting on media coverage of the referendum, Daniele Albertazzi takes issue with the hyperbole that has characterised much of the commentary, arguing that in spite of the country's many problems, Italy is still capable of holding a referendum without bringing the whole European edifice down.
Date:
Thursday 15th December 2016

School Enhancement Fund supports Student attendance at international training seminar

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Thanks to funds from the School of Government's Student Enhancement Fund I was able to participate in an Executive Training Seminar on parliaments in regional organisations at the European University Institute in Florence.
Date:
Wednesday 14th December 2016

Tackling the UN's Sustainable Development Goals head-on

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Recent graduate Sarah Njenga spent two weeks in the US this summer immersing herself in the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
Date:
Wednesday 14th December 2016

Why leadership matters

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In order to avoid the anxiety of wondering about the 'what ifs' in life, humans have a tendency to think that things will carry on much as they did before. It's what psychologists term 'continuity bias'. However, 2016 is testimony to the fact that this assumption is not always reflective of events. This year, 'change' was the watchword and changes in political leadership characterised 2016.
Date:
Wednesday 14th December 2016

Crises as opportunities for change and transformation?

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The Political Economy group has been tackling the theme "Crises as opportunities for change and transformation?" in its recent research outputs.
Date:
Wednesday 14th December 2016

Students attend a private briefing with the National Security Advisor

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Students on the third year module 'Strategy and Decisionmaking' were able to attend a private briefing in London with the National Security Advisor, Sir Mark Lyall Grant at the RUSI before being given a tour of the Houses of Parliament.
Date:
Tuesday 13th December 2016
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