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 Video: Professor Jenny Phillimore

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Professor Jenny Phillimore, Professor of Migration and Superdiversity in the School of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham shares her opinions on the EU Referendum debate.
Date:
Monday 20th June 2016

Hillary Clinton wins Democratic nomination: the experts react

Description
Eight years to the day after she conceded defeat to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton cemented her triumph over Bernie Sanders. Contributions from Dr Adam Quinn.
Date:
Friday 17th June 2016

African trial of Chadian dictator Habré is a landmark against impunity

African trial of Chadian dictator Habré is a landmark against impunity
Description
Written by Professor Paul Jackson, Professor of African Politics. The trial of Chad's former dictator could provide a template for prosecutions of other African despots. Its success could be seen as a victory for African justice over international approaches.
Date:
Friday 17th June 2016

Trump's response to Orlando massacre proves just how dangerous he is

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Written by Dr Adam Quinn. Many Republicans held out hope that Donald Trump would pivot to the centre for the general election. The opposite has happened.
Date:
Friday 17th June 2016

Britain's moment to reflect: what would Jo Cox want us to think about?

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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. Here was an MP who dedicated herself to improving the world – focusing particularly on Syria. She had the right priorities.
Date:
Friday 17th June 2016

The debate that divides: The UK and EU membership

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Professor David Dunn writes for the Birmingham Perspective. "What is clear from this is the extent to which the desire to leave is motivated by a feeling that Britain has been mistreated by EU membership."
Date:
Tuesday 14th June 2016

ICCS joins OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions

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The ICCS has recently confirmed membership of the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions, an autonomous OSCE-related track II initiative. The network's members are research institutions that are engaged in academic research and policy analysis on issues relevant to the OSCE's security agenda.
Date:
Monday 6th June 2016

Senior Research Fellow Dr Nicholas Wright presents his work on neuroscience and security

Description
Dr Nicholas Wright, Senior Research Fellow at the ICCS, carried out a number of engagements in May to present his work on the neuroscience of decision-making and negotiation.
Date:
Monday 6th June 2016

Brexit Poll of Polls: Undecided voters hold the balance

Description
Welcome to the University of Birmingham's Poll of Polls for Britain's European Union referendum. From now until the vote on 23 June, we will be assessing all the major surveys of public opinion to assess what can and cannot be said with confidence about the state of the campaign.
Date:
Friday 3rd June 2016

Political settlements and public service performance

Description
A conference hosted by the UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence, in partnership with DLP and the Centre for Public Impact, focused on the impact political settlements have on the efficiency of public services. Many of the presentations are now available online.
Date:
Friday 3rd June 2016

ESRC seminar - Remote-gathering and local needs: Unpacking the digital-security nexus

Description
This session launched the series by critically interrogating the use of 'remote [data] gathering' technologies by conflict analysts and policy-makers from both methodological and normative perspectives.
Date:
Thursday 2nd June 2016

IGS podcast: Anti-Semitism on Film in Occupied Germany

Description
Speaker: Dr Emily Oliver (King's College, London), Modern Languages / IGS Seminar.
Date:
Thursday 2nd June 2016

IGS podcast: Curating Recent German History: The Exhibition "Unification – German Society in Transition"

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Speaker: Dr. Doris Müller-Toovey (Deutsches Historisches Museum and Humboldt Foundation, Berlin) on 'Curating Recent German History: The Exhibition "Unification – German Society in Transition" (Alltag Einheit)
Date:
Thursday 2nd June 2016

Professor Mike Smith speaks on TTIP

Description
Professor Mike Smith spoke on Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) at an event organized by the Graduate Centre for Europe.
Date:
Wednesday 1st June 2016

Podcast: "The Prince" Among Men: Bismarck, the Psychology of Realism, and International Relations

Podcast: "The Prince" Among Men: Bismarck, the Psychology of Realism, and International Relations
Description
Speaker: Professor Brian Rathbun (University of Southern California).
Date:
Wednesday 1st June 2016

Experts Examine Political Parties in Europe

Description
The POLSIS Parties, Voters and Elections Research Group hold a seminar with Distinguished External Speakers to discuss political parties in contemporary Europe.
Date:
Friday 27th May 2016

Nefarious Criminal and Terrorist Uses of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) (Apr 2016 - Apr 2017)

Description
The focus of this research project is to analyse the threat presented by the revolution in easy access to the air presented by the technological development of small and medium sized Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or "drones". Principal Investigator: Professor David Dunn, Co-Investigator: Dr Christopher M Wyatt.
Date:
Friday 27th May 2016

The UK's chance to lead by example on drones and targeted killing

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"The UK government has a real opportunity to promote a normative regime for the governance of armed drones in line with generally accepted understandings of international law and ethics globally." George May, Research Associate, ICCS.
Date:
Friday 27th May 2016

Fact Check: would the UK have a veto on Turkey joining the EU?

Description
Supporters of the campaign for Brexit claim the UK could not veto Turkish accession to the EU. We asked two academics to check the facts. Written Nicole Scicluna, POLSIS.
Date:
Friday 27th May 2016

Islamic State strikes in Assad territory expose his and Russia's weaknesses

Description
Written by Professor Scott Lucas. By striking deep in Bashar-al Assad's heartland, Islamic State issued a reminder that his regime will never control all of Syria.
Date:
Friday 27th May 2016
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