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.

Can Psychology help solve long-running conflicts?

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Dr Nicholas Wright of the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security spoke to BBC Radio 4's Analysis programme on Sunday 08 November 2015 on how psychology can be applied to international conflicts.
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Wednesday 16th March 2016

Training programme trailer 2016

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Watch the trailer for this years training programme on Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation. Registrations close on 31 March 2016.
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Tuesday 15th March 2016

Unregulated drones are accidents – and worse – waiting to happen

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Professor David H. Dunn recently published an opinion piece in The Guardian on the dangers of unregulated drones.
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Tuesday 15th March 2016

Discussion on Libya with Radio France International

Discussion on Libya with Radio France International
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Attempts by the UN to broker agreement on a Libyan government of national unity are discussed in a new RFI podcast featuring Alina Rocha Menocal.
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Tuesday 15th March 2016

Blog: Time for an end to parent/child relationship with central government and sibling rivalry between local authorities

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Written by Catherine Staite, Director of INLOGOV.
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Monday 14th March 2016

Five full-fee scholarships for distance learning

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Five full-fee scholarships for the MSc International Development (Conflict, Security and Development) by distance learning
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Monday 14th March 2016

ICCS at the International Studies Association Annual Convention

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The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security has a strong representation at the International Studies Association annual convention, which runs from 16-19 March in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Friday 11th March 2016

What the Flint water scandal says about US politics in 2016

What the Flint water scandal says about US politics in 2016
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Written by Dr Adam Quinn. A lead poisoning crisis caused by corroded pipes has made Flint, Michigan a symbol of American inequality.
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Wednesday 9th March 2016

Blog: Taking the 'Unintended Consequences' of Peacekeeping Seriously – How Haiti Has the Potential to Revolutionize World Politics, Again

Blog: Taking the 'Unintended Consequences' of Peacekeeping Seriously – How Haiti Has the Potential to Revolutionize World Politics, Again
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Written by Nicolas Lemay-Hebert and Rosa Freedman. Haiti has long been described a perennial 'failed state,' a 'basket case' of the Western Hemisphere, where all good development initiatives 'go to die.' Obviously, this semantic severely underplays the international factors in the Haitian failed statebuilding process; but this is to a certain extent beyond the point here.
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Wednesday 9th March 2016

Blog: Local Government Studies – virtual special issue on budgeting

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Written by Alison Gardner & Vivien Lowndes.
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Wednesday 2nd March 2016

Blog: Combined Authorities and Del Boy Devolution

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Written by Chris Game, 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.
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Monday 29th February 2016

Blog: What Is Going on in Ukraine Now?

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Lance Spencer Davies, a Doctoral Researcher in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Birmingham, provides an update on recent developments in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
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Monday 29th February 2016

Explainer: what's at stake in Iran's parliamentary elections

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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. Two of Iran's more moderate political factions have joined together to make sure they're not shut out of parliament.
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Friday 26th February 2016

The Syria 'ceasefire' deal is no such thing – it's cover for the US and Russia

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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. The agreement so enthusiastically received by the world is less a leap forward than a cynical act of self-preservation.
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Friday 26th February 2016

Blog: Neoliberalism and its Forgotten Alternative

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Written by David Ridley is a Doctoral Researcher, POLSIS. Criticisms of neoliberalism are proliferating, not just within the political and academic left, but within mainstream public opinion as well. Everywhere, people are beginning to seriously doubt whether markets will be able to produce another extended period of sustained growth, or whether they will solve the world's current problems or merely exacerbate them. Liberal economists are pointing to the increasing inequality caused by 30 years of neoliberalism in the west.
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Thursday 25th February 2016

Blog: Five years on, Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution continues from the ground up

Blog: Five years on, Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution continues from the ground up
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Written by Adnan Saif. Tunisians are marking five years since the culmination of their "Jasmine Revolution". Since its longtime authoritarian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was forced out of office in January 2011, Tunisia has been embarking on a long transition to constitutional democracy – a transition that, although very bumpy at times, has nevertheless led to two successful multi-party elections and a new constitution.
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Friday 19th February 2016

Blog: The Importance of Scooby-Doo to the Provision of Security in the Cyber Environment

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In the first week of July I was fortunate enough to attend the annual Cyber Conference at Chatham House, writes Gavin Hall. Two significant trends became apparent, which enable the exploration of a long muted metaphor, of mine, for cyber-security: at the end of every episode of Scooby-Doo the 'monster' is unmasked and a human is revealed to be behind the incident.
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Tuesday 16th February 2016

Blog: Local Government Studies – virtual special issue on budgeting

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Written by Peter Matthews, Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Stirling. He is a member of the editorial team of Local Government Studies published in association with INLOGOV.
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Monday 15th February 2016

Interpersonal trust as a route to interstate de-escalation

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Last Wednesday in Geneva, Iran's foreign minister, Javad Zarif, and US Secretary of State, John Kerry, took a 15-minute walk around the city during bilateral talks on Iran's nuclear programme. Zarif was immediately condemned by Iranian hardliners for connecting with the US Secretary of State in this way.
Date:
Monday 15th February 2016

Blog: The Importance of Scooby-Doo to the Provision of Security in the Cyber Environment

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Written by Gavin Hall. In the first week of July 2015 I was fortunate enough to attend the annual Cyber Conference at Chatham House, writes Gavin Hall. Two significant trends became apparent, which enable the exploration of a long muted metaphor, of mine, for cyber-security: at the end of every episode of Scooby-Doo the 'monster' is unmasked and a human is revealed to be behind the incident.
Date:
Monday 15th February 2016
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