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The Conversation: With Geneva deal dead Ukraine could be pivotal moment for international relations

The Conversation: With Geneva deal dead Ukraine could be pivotal moment for international relations
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff and Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University). The Geneva Agreement appears to be dead in the water. Achieved only a week ago, it was widely considered a surprising breakthrough, albeit one which offered major concessions to Russia.
Date:
Friday 25th April 2014

50 faces of CREES #52 - Paul Barton, B.Com (Russian Studies) 1964-67

50 faces of CREES #52 - Paul Barton, B.Com (Russian Studies) 1964-67
Description
When I arrived in 1964, the Social Sciences buildings were very new. I returned in 1999, when my daughter was visiting potential universities, and it looked very down-at-heel. One of the great advantages of CREES was having our own library, which served as both a study area and a social centre - a common room of sorts - where students from all the years mixed and chatted.
Date:
Thursday 24th April 2014

The Conversation: Breakthrough in Ukraine talks is a win-win situation, especially for Russia

The Conversation: Breakthrough in Ukraine talks is a win-win situation, especially for Russia
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff. The four-party talks on the crisis in Ukraine have apparently produced a significant breakthrough towards the diffusion of an increasingly dangerous situation.
Date:
Friday 18th April 2014

DLP to present at UNDP/KPMG conference 'Leadership and the Challenge of Change'

DLP to present at UNDP/KPMG conference 'Leadership and the Challenge of Change'
Description
DLP will give a major presentation of its findings at UNDP/KPMG's 2014 International Development Conference in Singapore on 30 April 2014.
Date:
Thursday 17th April 2014

The Conversation: Ukraine crisis: is the West powerless to stop Russian aggression?

The Conversation: Ukraine crisis: is the West powerless to stop Russian aggression?
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff. As the situation in Ukraine rapidly spins out of control, various Western leaders have stepped up their verbal warnings to Russia.
Date:
Tuesday 15th April 2014

IDD 50 faces #09 - Ashok Kumar Jain (1990)

IDD 50 faces #09 - Ashok Kumar Jain (1990)
Description
My time at the IDD (1990) had been most enriching. I especially enjoyed learning how to organize thoughts, lateral thinking, information, time and resource management, converting ideas and academics into practice and gender sensitive development with the people especially the poor.
Date:
Tuesday 15th April 2014

The Conversation: Now Crimea's in the bag, where next for Putin and Russia?

The Conversation: Now Crimea's in the bag, where next for Putin and Russia?
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff and Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University). The Ukrainian government has announced that it will mount a full-scale military operation to regain control of the east of the country and has set a deadline of 6am on Monday morning for occupied government buildings to be evacuated by armed protesters.
Date:
Tuesday 15th April 2014

New Centre for Russian and East Eurpean Studies Blog

New Centre for Russian and East Eurpean Studies Blog
Description
This blog will provide its readers with short articles aimed at stimulating thought and debate on current events, emerging research, and broader issues related to Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, written by members of the CREES community, including current and former academics, researchers, PhD students and alumni. Aiming to both provide 'advice to the prince' and 'speak truth to power' from within the social sciences and humanities, it will allow its contributors greater leeway than formal academic writing in expressing their opinions on subjects of acute concern to a wider audience.
Date:
Tuesday 15th April 2014

INLOGOV briefing paper: The 2014 local elections – a preview

Description
By Chris Game. This year's English local elections have been postponed to Thursday 22nd May to coincide with those to the European Parliament. There are all-out elections in the London boroughs, elections by thirds in the metropolitan boroughs, and a mixture of the two in some unitaries and shire districts. This preview will lead you through this potential confusion, and also provide a guide to those councils most likely to change political control.
Date:
Monday 14th April 2014

IGS podcast: "Anglifizierung" und "Globalisierung"

IGS podcast: "Anglifizierung" und "Globalisierung"
Description
Speaker: Dr Falco Pfalzgraf (QMUL). '"Anglifizierung" und "Globalisierung": Aktuelle Diskurse zu Entlehnungen und moderner Sprachpurismus'.
Date:
Monday 14th April 2014

IGS podcast: British society, Georgian Monarchy and the Anniversaries of the 'German Connection' (1814 – 2014)

IGS podcast: British society, Georgian Monarchy and the Anniversaries of the 'German Connection' (1814 – 2014)
Description
Speaker: Dr Torsten Riotte (Goethe-Universitat, Frankfurt-am-Main). Not a Dynastic Centenary: British society, Georgian Monarchy and the Anniversaries of the 'German Connection' (1814 – 2014).
Date:
Monday 14th April 2014

IDD PGR podcast: The Ownership of Official Development Assistance in Jamaica 2005-2013

IDD PGR podcast: The Ownership of Official Development Assistance in Jamaica 2005-2013
Description
Speaker: Vaughn Graham (PhD researcher, University of Birmingham). The Ownership of Official Development Assistance in the Security and Justice Sector in Jamaica 2005-2013: How the Nature of Sectoral Policymaking Reflects and Challenges International Aid Policy.
Date:
Monday 14th April 2014

ICCS seminar series podcast: Peace Negotiations and Peacebuilding in the Middle East

ICCS seminar series podcast: Peace Negotiations and Peacebuilding in the Middle East
Description
Peace Negotiations and Peacebuilding in the Middle East: The Role of Religion and Culture in Processes of Reconciliation. Guest Speaker: Professor Kamel Abu Jaber (Director, Jordan Institute for Middle East Studies). Chair: Professor Nicholas Wheeler, Discussants: Professor Stefan Wolff, Dr Josef Boehle, Dr Christalla Yakinthou, Dr Asaf Siniver.
Date:
Monday 14th April 2014

ICCS seminar series podcast: Chemically Massacring Civilians

ICCS seminar series podcast: Chemically Massacring Civilians
Description
Speaker: Paul Schulte. This talk examines and assesses the effectiveness of emerging international responses to chemical attacks during the Syrian Civil War. It considers historical context, attitudes towards WMD possession and use, and recurrent structural aspects of Great Power interest, affecting the choices and legitimate knowledge available to international organisations.
Date:
Monday 14th April 2014

IGS podcast: Imagining Violence in Women in 1970's West Germany

IGS podcast: Imagining Violence in Women in 1970's West Germany
Description
Speaker: Dr Claire Bielby (University of Hull) presented a lecture on 'Imagining Violence in Women in 1970's West Germany'.
Date:
Monday 14th April 2014

The Conversation: Ukraine crisis: are Moldova and its Transnistrian region next on Moscow's to-do-list?

The Conversation: Ukraine crisis: are Moldova and its Transnistrian region next on Moscow's to-do-list?
Description
NATO foreign ministers have agreed to suspend all cooperation with Russia and bolster their defence posture in the Baltic states and Poland. This move reflects the continuing perception of a Russian threat to Ukraine, a point made abundantly clear in a statement by the German chancellor Angela Merkel – which is particularly significant given that Germany is usually seen as Russia's closest ally in the West.
Date:
Thursday 10th April 2014

The Conversation: Ukraine a pawn in high-stakes global game with no quick win in sight for EU, US or Russia

The Conversation: Ukraine a pawn in high-stakes global game with no quick win in sight for EU, US or Russia
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff and Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University). Ukraine appears to be heading towards another crisis. Protests in the eastern cities of Kharkiv, Luhansk and Donetsk have turned violent and pro-Russian protesters occupied government buildings, calling for a referendum on independence. In Donetsk, in an eerie echo of events in Crimea, separatists went one step further and have now proclaimed their own independent Donetsk People's Republic and asked Russia for support.
Date:
Thursday 10th April 2014

Remembering Rwanda: can we ever say 'never again'?

Remembering Rwanda: can we ever say 'never again'?
Description
This week marked the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. More than 800,000 Rwandans, mostly from the minority ethnic Tutsi group, were killed by their Hutu neighbours while the UN force in the country and Western powers looked on.
Date:
Thursday 10th April 2014

IDD 50 faces #07 - Lenni Montiel

IDD 50 faces #07 - Lenni Montiel
Description
Studying and living at the University of Birmingham has been for me one of the more rewarding experiences in my life. I got a PhD in Public Policy that allowed me to move forward in my career in international development. I was privileged to joint the Department when it was still the Development Administration Group (DAG) and was able to see and experience its day to day transformation into the International Development Department (IDD)
Date:
Thursday 10th April 2014

IDD 50 faces #08 - Matthew Craig

IDD 50 faces #08 - Matthew Craig
Description
I joined IDD in 2009 to complete an MSc in 'International Development, Conflict & Security' under the guidance of Paul Jackson, Danielle Beswick and Heather Marquette. Prior to the MSc, and on the advise of Paul Jackson, I had taken up a 12 month post with a Liberian NGO, in a Project Development role, with a focus on rehabilitating and repatriating Liberian child soldiers from the Buduburum Refugee Camp in Ghana.
Date:
Thursday 10th April 2014
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