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.

Drone Security: Why we need to develop new safety procedures

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"The need to develop new procedures for drones [RPA] to operate safely in or near controlled airspace is a matter requiring urgent attention in order to ensure air safety and to assure public confidence." Birmingham Policy Commission on the Security Impact of Drones: Challenges and Opportunities for the UK, 2014.
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Monday 25th April 2016

Obama's disdain for Europe's 'free riders' makes this an awkward transatlantic trip

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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. Barack Obama's dour disappointment with Europe is far more powerful than his worries about a Brexit.
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Monday 25th April 2016

Will the UN ever accept responsibility for Haiti's devastating cholera epidemic?

Will the UN ever accept responsibility for Haiti's devastating cholera epidemic?
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Written by Rosa Freedman and Nicolas Lemay-Hébert. The UN might now apologise for poisoning scores of Roma people in Kosovo – but its role in Haiti's cholera disaster still goes unacknowledged.
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Monday 25th April 2016

Blog: The Rwanda Vision 2020 Umurenge Programme (VUP) public works and women's empowerment

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Written by Pamela Pozarny. In early April I attended the fifth Transfer Project (TP) meeting in Addis Ababa. Launched in 2008, the Transfer Project Workshop is a research and learning initiative, supporting improved knowledge and practice on social transfers in Sub-Sahara Africa. The broad objective of the TP is sharing latest research findings, methodologies, experiences and lessons learned among partners.
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Thursday 21st April 2016

Blog: What is a Contested Conventions – and What Would One Mean for the GOP?

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Written by Adam Quinn, Senior Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Birmingham.
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Thursday 21st April 2016

Blog: The May local elections: A selection of those in the metropolitan boroughs

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Written by Chris Game. Chris Game is 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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Thursday 21st April 2016

Reality check

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Written by Talat Farooq. It is all very well to talk about the civil-military divide in Pakistan. Yes, the divide is there. Yes, it has always been there. Yes, the army exercises control over the national security policy. Yes, military dictators have played havoc with Pakistan's political landscape.
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Thursday 14th April 2016

Why ASEAN Must Remain Neutral on the South China Sea

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Written by Scott Edwards. Pressure is growing on ASEAN to choose condemnation of China and both explicit and implicit support of the U.S. in the South China Sea.
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Thursday 14th April 2016

Pakistan bombing: what is Jamaat ul-Ahrar?

Pakistan bombing: what is Jamaat ul-Ahrar?
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Written by Talat Farooq, Honorary Research Fellow. Lahore's Easter Sunday suicide attack is the latest chapter in Jamaat-ul-Ahrar's campaign against the Pakistani government – and people.
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Tuesday 12th April 2016

Why Disney's Zootropolis might be the most important film you see this year

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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. It's a searing response to the great American paradox – and the US climate of suspicion and fear.
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Tuesday 12th April 2016

How war in Nagorno-Karabakh could spread – and become a major problem for Europe

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Written by Kevork Oskanian. The Caucasus are more important and more connected today than in the 1990s, and a war between Armenia and Azerbaijan could create chaos for Europe.
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Tuesday 12th April 2016

The next Cold War has already begun – in cyberspace

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Written by Conor Deane-McKenna. Cyber weapons are allowing states to attack each other without fear of retaliation. The consequences potentially are devastating.
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Tuesday 12th April 2016

What is a contested convention – and what would one mean for the GOP?

What is a contested convention – and what would one mean for the GOP?
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Written by Dr Adam Quinn. It could be battle royale for the Republicans at the Ohio convention in July 2016.
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Tuesday 12th April 2016

Blog: Book Review: The Fence and the Bridge: Geopolitics and Identity Along the Canada-US Border by Heather N. Nicol

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Iván Farías Pelcastre is a Postdoctoral Scholar and Visiting Fellow at the University of Southern California and a graduate of the PhD in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Birmingham. He is particularly interested in the analysis of policy interdependence and political integration between Canada, Mexico and the US resulting from the operation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, its side and parallel accords and their corresponding institutions.
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Tuesday 12th April 2016

Students from POLSIS and the School of Government and Society take part in Model NATO (2016)

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This year, the University of Birmingham delegation had the pleasure of representing the United States at the 31st Model NATO Conference, held in Washington D.C. in February 2016.
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Friday 8th April 2016

It's all about inclusion, but how?

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Written by Alina Rocha Menocal on Governance for Development, The World Bank. Inclusion is the new buzzword in international development. From promoting citizen empowerment to fostering pathways out of fragility, it is all about political processes that are more inclusive and representative‎.
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Thursday 7th April 2016

Blog: BRITISH OVERSEAS TERRITORIES: The dilemma for intervening in tax havens

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Written by Dr Philip Whiteman. Dr Philip Whiteman is Teaching Quality Assurance Lead at the School of Government and Society and Director of Education at the Institute of Local Government Studies at the University of Birmingham. He has research interests in the impact of central government and regulators on the role, service delivery and performance of local government and other local bodies.
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Wednesday 6th April 2016

Welcome to the IDD E-newsletter March 2016

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Welcome to the March 2016 edition of IDD's newsletter. We're now about half way into the academic year and the time is flying by! This newsletter shares news from IDD staff, student and alumni, so please do get in touch if there are items you'd like included – we produce these newsletters twice a year (March and October) and the Annual Report during the summer. We wish our ongoing students every success in their remaining module assignments and in undertaking their dissertations.
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Wednesday 23rd March 2016

Blog: Is the Snooper's Charter As Bad as you Think?

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Security services lack the resources to randomly spy on people argues Gavin E L Hall, a doctoral researcher at the University of Birmingham.
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Tuesday 22nd March 2016

Birmingham Fellowships in International Security

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The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security and the School of Government and Society are looking to recruit a Birmingham Professorial Fellow and a Birmingham Fellow in the field of international security. The deadline for applications is Monday 25 April 2016.
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Tuesday 22nd March 2016
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