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.

Why Alexis Tsipras has called a snap election in Greece

Why Alexis Tsipras has called a snap election in Greece
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Written by Sotirios Zartaloudis. After 206 turbulent days in power, Alexis Tsipras now presides over a coalition in tatters.
Date:
Monday 24th August 2015

Call for Papers: Trust and Deception Workshop

Call for Papers: Trust and Deception Workshop
Description
Proposals are invited for a workshop on Trust and Deception, hosted by the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) at the University of Birmingham on Tuesday 06 October 2015.
Date:
Monday 10th August 2015

US election descends into a circus with first Republican debate

US election descends into a circus with first Republican debate
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Written by Scott Lucas. The ten candidates who made it onto Fox News's debate stage ranged from the serious to the seriously off-base.
Date:
Monday 10th August 2015

Syria air strikes: What are 'embedded' military personnel?

Description
UK pilots embedded with coalition forces have conducted air strikes in Syria against the Islamic State group, it has emerged.
Date:
Friday 7th August 2015

Regional Red Lights: Cooperation and Community against Human Trafficking

Regional Red Lights: Cooperation and Community against Human Trafficking
Description
Written by George May. When considering the makers and breakers of security communities, non-traditional issues such as trafficking-in-persons (TIP) do not immediately spring to mind.
Date:
Friday 7th August 2015

Lecture Report - British Military Leadership in the Iraq and Afghan Wars: Why was Success so Elusive?

Lecture Report - British Military Leadership in the Iraq and Afghan Wars: Why was Success so Elusive?
Description
Dr Chris Wyatt, ICCS Research Fellow, recently attended the lecture above, which was given by Major-General (Rtd) Christopher Elliott under the auspices of the Changing Character of War Programme at Oxford University.
Date:
Friday 7th August 2015

Sociology student wins prestigious award

Sociology student wins prestigious award
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Graduating Sociology student Joe Taylor wins prestigious Michael Sheppard Award, for his academic and extra-curricular achievements at Birmingham.
Date:
Saturday 1st August 2015

Another Year of Impressive Year of Student Performance in POLSIS

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Yet again POLSIS Students performed well in their exams and assessed work in 2014-15.
Date:
Friday 31st July 2015

Why Gambia is not ideal to host Africa's human rights watchdog

Why Gambia is not ideal to host Africa's human rights watchdog
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Written by Rosa Freedman and Jonathan Fisher. President Jammeh has ruled Gambia with an iron fist since he seized power more than two decades years ago. He is responsible for gross human rights abuses, yet he hosts Africa's human rights watchdog.
Date:
Friday 31st July 2015

Startling new concessions made by Syria's desperate president

Startling new concessions made by Syria's desperate president
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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. Assad is running out of options – and he seems to be admitting it for the first time.
Date:
Wednesday 29th July 2015

Blog: Combined Authorities – Why Birmingham doesn't have a city region like Leeds

Blog: Combined Authorities – Why Birmingham doesn't have a city region like Leeds
Description
Written by Chris Game. "Cornwall leapfrogs West Midlands in devolution race" was the headline over one report of the Government's recent devolution deal with Cornwall Council, giving the county greater control over adult skills spending and regional investment, and, with the Isles of Scilly, the prospect of integrating health and social care services.
Date:
Friday 24th July 2015

Podcast: Smart, smart, and many versus few and bespoke: Will small drones shift the character of conflict?

Podcast: Smart, smart, and many versus few and bespoke: Will small drones shift the character of conflict?
Description
Speaker: Dr Thomas X Hammes, Distinguished Research Fellow, Center for Strategic Research, Institute of National Strategic Studies. The convergence of artificial intelligence, drone technology, and additive manufacturing are making the advent of swarms of small, autonomous drones a reality. Their debut on the battlefield will dramatically change the character of war in air, land, space, and sea domains.
Date:
Friday 24th July 2015

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

The Importance of Scooby-Doo to the Provision of Security in the Cyber Environment
Description
Written by Gavin Hall. In the first week of July I was fortunate enough to attend the annual Cyber Conference at Chatham House. 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:
Friday 24th July 2015

Time to end secrecy surrounding SAS and drones

Time to end secrecy surrounding SAS and drones
Description
UK special forces and unmanned drones will play a much bigger role.
Date:
Thursday 23rd July 2015

How Brazil and Argentina defused their nuclear rivalry

How Brazil and Argentina defused their nuclear rivalry
Description
Nicholas John Wheeler, University of Birmingham and Matias Spektor, Fundação Getúlio Vargas. Latin America's two biggest players spent much of the 1980s in a low-grade arms race – and they both had nuclear aspirations. How did they manage to diffuse the tension?
Date:
Monday 20th July 2015

How Brazil and Argentina defused their nuclear rivalry

How Brazil and Argentina defused their nuclear rivalry
Description
Nicholas John Wheeler, University of Birmingham and Matias Spektor, Fundação Getúlio Vargas. Latin America's two biggest players spent much of the 1980s in a low-grade arms race – and they both had nuclear aspirations. How did they manage to diffuse the tension?
Date:
Monday 20th July 2015

Iran nuclear deal is built on trust as well as verification

Iran nuclear deal is built on trust as well as verification
Description
Written by Joshua Baker and Professor Nicholas J. Wheeler. Announcing the nuclear deal agreed this week between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the so-called E3+3 (the EU3 of France, Germany and the United Kingdom plus the United States, Russia, and China), US President Barack Obama declared: 'This deal is not built on trust, it is built on verification.'
Date:
Friday 17th July 2015

Iran nuclear deal is built on trust as well as verification

Iran nuclear deal is built on trust as well as verification
Description
Written by Joshua Baker and Professor Nicholas J. Wheeler. Announcing the nuclear deal agreed this week between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the so-called E3+3 (the EU3 of France, Germany and the United Kingdom plus the United States, Russia, and China), US President Barack Obama declared: 'This deal is not built on trust, it is built on verification.'
Date:
Friday 17th July 2015

Blog: Is a 120-member council really too big?

Blog: Is a 120-member council really too big?
Description
Written by Chris Game. "This blog's main purpose is to place somewhere in the public domain some basic electoral data on council size. Basic, but not normally presented in a form that I've sometimes wanted for illustrative purposes. I'm hoping, therefore, there may be others who'll find the data of at least passing interest, so here goes."
Date:
Thursday 16th July 2015

Scores killed by bombs and bullets as Boko Haram struggle escalates

Scores killed by bombs and bullets as Boko Haram struggle escalates
Description
Written by Professor Paul Jackson. A week of carnage across northern Nigeria proves Boko Haram is alive and well. Can the Nigerian army get its act together?
Date:
Thursday 16th July 2015
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