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.

A "New Departure"? The legal bases of UK drone strikes in Syria

A "New Departure"? The legal bases of UK drone strikes in Syria
Description
Written by Professor Nicholas J. Wheeler and Professor David Dunn. AMeeting to mark the first anniversary of the publication of the Birmingham Policy Commission on 'The Security Impact of Drones', discussion at the All Party Parliamentary Group on Drones was dominated by the UK's controversial Reaper strike against two UK nationals in Syria this summer. Cameron's decision to justify this action on grounds of self-defence of the UK was recognised as making a distinct break from previous UK rules of engagement.
Date:
Tuesday 3rd November 2015

Why Indonesia can't stamp out fires that have cast a haze over South-East Asia

Why Indonesia can't stamp out fires that have cast a haze over South-East Asia
Description
Written by Scott Edwards. Leaders in Jakarta want to tackle the haze crisis but they don't have much authority over corrupt local elites.
Date:
Tuesday 3rd November 2015

With Israeli-Palestinian tension running high, a third intifada is just a spark away

With Israeli-Palestinian tension running high, a third intifada is just a spark away
Description
Written by Dr Asaf Siniver. As Israel marked the 20th anniversary of Yitzhak Rabin's assassination, fears of another surge in violence were as high as ever.
Date:
Tuesday 3rd November 2015

Greek election: Tsipras trounces his opponents, but at what cost?

Greek election: Tsipras trounces his opponents, but at what cost?
Description
Written by Sotirios Zartaloudis. Syriza lives to fight another day, but the omens for Greece's future are as ominous as ever.
Date:
Tuesday 3rd November 2015

As powerbrokers gather at last, Russia races against time to save Assad

As powerbrokers gather at last, Russia races against time to save Assad
Description
Written by Scott Lucas. With Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran and the US all at the table, Russia's benighted Syria plan may at last have a chance of success.
Date:
Tuesday 3rd November 2015

Podcast: International Relations Theory and European Security: We Thought We Knew

Podcast: International Relations Theory and European Security: We Thought We Knew
Description
Speakers: Lorenzo Cladi (POLSIS), Kamil Zwolski (Southampton). Discussant: Mark Webber (POLSIS/Government and Society).
Date:
Friday 30th October 2015

Podcast: Trust and Deception Workshop

Podcast: Trust and Deception Workshop
Description
The workshop will bring together experts from a variety of disciplinary perspectives to discuss trust and deception in international politics. How do trust and deception affect each other? Why, when, and how do leaders and policy-makers attempt to deceive each other and their publics? What are the available tools to detect deception? Can trust be built in an environment in which deception is perceived to be the norm? Scholars will convene to tackle the theory and application of their current research.
Date:
Thursday 29th October 2015

IGS podcast: Nietzsche's Cultural Revolutions

IGS podcast: Nietzsche's Cultural Revolutions
Description
Speaker: Professor Wilfried van der Will (University of Birmingham)
Date:
Wednesday 28th October 2015

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Poor people's politics: A structural political economy approach

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Poor people's politics: A structural political economy approach
Description
Speakers: Professor Caroline Hughes (University of Bradford), Dr Jane Hutchison (Murdoch University).
Date:
Monday 26th October 2015

Podcast: Security, Ecology and Climate Change

Podcast: Security, Ecology and Climate Change
Description
Speaker: Dr Matt McDonald (University of Queensland)
Date:
Tuesday 20th October 2015

POLSIS researcher reveals major new findings about sex work in the UK

POLSIS researcher reveals major new findings about sex work in the UK
Description
A study by Nicola Smith and Sarah Kingston (Lancaster University) paints a surprising picture of the UK sex industry.
Date:
Saturday 17th October 2015

Building better collaboration

Building better collaboration
Description
The District Council's Network has commissioned INLOGOV to undertake a programme of research into collaborative and partnership working in local government. The project was mostly centred on partnership projects led by or promoted by districts, but contains many insights into good collaborative behaviour that will be of interest both to wider local government and to bodies that regularly partner with councils.
Date:
Friday 16th October 2015

Podcast: Knowing how the other thinks: the brain and influence in international confrontations

Podcast: Knowing how the other thinks: the brain and influence in international confrontations
Description
Speaker: Dr Nicholas Wright, Senior Research Fellow in the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security at the University of Birmingham.
Date:
Wednesday 14th October 2015

Is fighting corruption like fighting zombies?

Is fighting corruption like fighting zombies?
Description
If only we had magical blasters that could get rid of corruption, says Dr Heather Marquette. Sadly, more realistic approaches are needed. Written for The Guardian.
Date:
Wednesday 14th October 2015

University of Birmingham sociologist meets students in India

University of Birmingham sociologist meets students in India
Description
Passionate Sociology student meets upcoming International University of Birmingham students and sets plans to market the subject of Sociology at the Mumbai British Council in India.
Date:
Thursday 8th October 2015

Podcast: Researching Trust: The Ongoing Challenge of Matching Objectives and Methods

Podcast: Researching Trust: The Ongoing Challenge of Matching Objectives and Methods
Description
Speakers: Guido Möllering, Associate Professor of Organization and Management and holds the EWE Chair of Economic Organization and Trust at Jacobs University Bremen, Germany. Mark N.K. Saunders, Professor in Business Research Methods at the Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham.
Date:
Tuesday 6th October 2015

Israel, Palestine and the US are giving up on the peace process

Israel, Palestine and the US are giving up on the peace process
Description
Written by Dr Asaf Siniver. In a grim week at the UN General Assembly, the key partners in the Middle East peace process made it clear they've lost patience.
Date:
Monday 5th October 2015

Why Putin gambled on airstrikes in Syria – and what might come next

Why Putin gambled on airstrikes in Syria – and what might come next
Description
Written by Scott Lucas. Why has Vladimir Putin stepped up his Syrian game so radically – and is it really all as sudden as it seems?
Date:
Friday 2nd October 2015

IGS podcast: Echoes and Aftermath: Legacies and Memories of the Past from the Twentieth Century Onwards

IGS podcast: Echoes and Aftermath: Legacies and Memories of the Past from the Twentieth Century Onwards
Description
A discussion of Aftermath: Legacies and Memories of War in Europe, 1918-1945-1989 and Echoes of Empires: Memory, Identity and Colonial Legacies
Date:
Thursday 1st October 2015

IDD Impact case studies 2015

Description
Research by IDD academics ranked in top 20 examples of UK research contributing to global development
Date:
Wednesday 30th September 2015
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