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.

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

Can the meek professor or 'Mr Clean' save the Central African Republic?

Can the meek professor or 'Mr Clean' save the Central African Republic?
Description
Written by Professor Paul Jackson, Professor of African Politics. One of the world's poorest and most unstable countries is in the midst of a remarkably hopeful election campaign.
Date:
Tuesday 9th February 2016

Blog: Hard Evidence: this is the Age of Dissent – and there's much more to come

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Written by David Bailey, lecturer in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham provides a fascinating insight into how the nature of protest has changed.
Date:
Tuesday 9th February 2016

Is Trident safe from cyber attack?

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Written by Andrew Futter, Senior Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Leicester.
Date:
Monday 8th February 2016

Iowa caucuses: Rubio's the real winner – and the Democrats will stay united

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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. The Republican establishment looks like it has finally found its man.
Date:
Thursday 4th February 2016

Blog: Designing in Collaboration: Challenges for the new Combined Authorities

Blog: Designing in Collaboration: Challenges for the new Combined Authorities
Description
Written by Max Lempriere and Vivien Lowndes. At a workshop hosted in December 2015 by City-REDI, INLOGOV, The Public Services Academy at the University of Birmingham practitioners and academics from the world of local government came together to share experiences on the current Combined Authorities and city-region devolution agenda. In the fifth of a series of posts Max Lempriere and Vivien Lowndes reflect on the day's major talking points.
Date:
Thursday 4th February 2016

POLSIS MA Study tour visit Brussels, January 2016

POLSIS MA Study tour visit Brussels, January 2016
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Every year all MA students based within POLSIS have the opportunity to take part in an study trip to Brussels. The group, led by Lorenzo Cladi, Nino Kemoklidze and Chiara Morbi, visited the European Commission, the European Parliament, NATO and the Council of the European Union.
Date:
Monday 1st February 2016

Sociology to host a BSA Regional Postgraduate Day on Power and Exclusion

Sociology to host a BSA Regional Postgraduate Day on Power and Exclusion
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We are pleased to announce that the British Sociological Association Regional Postgraduate Day on the theme of "Researching Social Inequality Across the Social Sciences: Contemporary Sociological Analyses of Power and Exclusion" will be held at Birmingham this Spring 2016.
Date:
Monday 1st February 2016

Birmingham Policy Commissioners give evidence to the Human Rights Committee Inquiry on 'the UK Government's policy on the use of drones for targeted killing'

Birmingham Policy Commissioners give evidence to the Human Rights Committee Inquiry on 'the UK Government's policy on the use of drones for targeted killing'
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On 09 December, Birmingham Policy Commission Chair, Sir David Omand and Commissioner Jennifer Gibson, were asked to give evidence at the first session of the Parliamentary Human Rights Committee inquiry on 'the UK Government's policy on the use of drones for targeted killing'.
Date:
Thursday 28th January 2016

Birmingham academic speaks to the world media on Mother Teresa's forthcoming canonization

Birmingham academic speaks to the world media on Mother Teresa's forthcoming canonization
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Following the announcement that Mother Teresa will be canonized during the Vatican's Year of Mercy, Dr Gëzim Alpion, who is considered by critics "the most authoritative English-language author" on the Albanian-born missionary, was interviewed by a number of international media outlets.
Date:
Wednesday 27th January 2016

Win a free place on the 2016 ICCS training programme

Win a free place on the 2016 ICCS training programme
Description
To coincide with this year's training programme in Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation, the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security has launched a competition to offer a free place on the 5-day programme, worth £300.
Date:
Wednesday 27th January 2016

IGS podcast: Whose War? Whose Memory? Teaching the First World War in International Perspective

IGS podcast: Whose War? Whose Memory? Teaching the First World War in International Perspective
Description
Speakers: Professor Eckhardt Fuchs (TU Braunschweig); Dr Catriona Pennell (University of Exeter); Peter Glasgow (Peace Pledge Union).
Date:
Tuesday 26th January 2016

IGS podcast: 25 Years of German Unification

IGS podcast: 25 Years of German Unification
Description
Speakers: Dr Tereza Novotna (Université Libre de Bruxelles): 'How Germany Unified and the EU Enlarged: Negotiating the Accession through Transplantation and Adaptation'. Professor Chloe Paver (University of Exeter): 'Emotions and Everyday Life in Museums of GDR History and Culture'. Chair: Dr Isabelle Hertner (IGS).
Date:
Tuesday 26th January 2016

IGS podcast: 'Writing La Serenissima: Identity, Willpower and Performance in Rilke's Idea of Venice'

IGS podcast: 'Writing La Serenissima: Identity, Willpower and Performance in Rilke's Idea of Venice'
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Speaker: Professor Robert Vilain (University of Bristol).
Date:
Tuesday 26th January 2016

Podcast: Nuclear strategy in the cyber age: new challenges for the ultimate weapon

Podcast: Nuclear strategy in the cyber age: new challenges for the ultimate weapon
Description
Speaker: Dr Andrew Futter (Senior Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Leicester).
Date:
Tuesday 26th January 2016

Podcast: What's Wrong with NATO and How to Fix It

Podcast: What's Wrong with NATO and How to Fix It
Description
Speaker: Professor Mark Webber (University of Birmingham).
Date:
Tuesday 26th January 2016

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Elites, peasants and soldiers: The war for national identity in the Angolan Central Highlands

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Elites, peasants and soldiers: The war for national identity in the Angolan Central Highlands
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Speaker: Dr Justin Pearce, University of Cambridge.
Date:
Tuesday 26th January 2016

Blog: INLOGOV-facilitated Hull Commission receives media, business and community endorsement for its final report

Blog: INLOGOV-facilitated Hull Commission receives media, business and community endorsement for its final report
Description
Written by Daniel Goodwin, Senior Associate Fellow. The Hull Commission's final report was published on 13th January 2016 and was widely reported in regional media. The independent Commission, which was facilitated by INLOGOV, said that a fresh joint approach to economic development and local government organisation is needed in Hull and the East Riding.
Date:
Friday 22nd January 2016

Geneva Summit: 30th Anniversary Conference

Geneva Summit: 30th Anniversary Conference
Description
The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security invited scholars and practitioners to reflect on the legacy of the meeting between Reagan and Gorbachev, exploring what went right, what went wrong, and assessing the prognosis for the future. The central focus of this event was to address the question of how trust was developed between the two leaders, why the relationship has broken down in the intervening years, and whether trust can be restored given the current state of US-Russia relations.
Date:
Friday 22nd January 2016
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