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.

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?

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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

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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

Political Economy Research Group 'Work-in-Progress' Workshop

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The POLSIS Political Economy Research Group hold a workshop with Distinguished External Speakers to discuss research projects on the global political economy
Date:
Tuesday 24th May 2016

Subjecthood – A new entry point for critical social inquiry?

Description
This workshop aimed to answer the question of how the idea of subjecthood can be understood and how it might be conceptualised. In doing so, special attention is to be paid to the fact that any subject of social change is inevitably embedded in a global political economy and its different epistemic frameworks and historical legacies.
Date:
Friday 20th May 2016

Indonesia's Grand Defense Vision

Description
Indonesia's Defense White Paper reiterates lofty ambitions, with little advice on how to turn vision into reality. Written by Scott Edwards and Masyithoh Annisa Ramadhani.
Date:
Wednesday 18th May 2016

Who pays bribes for public services?

Description
DLP Research Fellow Dr Caryn Peiffer is co-author with Prof Richard Rose (University of Strathclyde) of a new open access article on bribery. It shows that integrating measures of political institutions and individual characteristics can provide a policy relevant understanding of who does and does not pay bribes for public services.
Date:
Wednesday 18th May 2016

Corruption? The developing world has bigger problems

Description
It cannot be wiped out without collateral damage. Guest post by Alina Rocha Menocal, Heather Marquette for Prospect.
Date:
Wednesday 18th May 2016

Grant Award from the Open Society Foundations

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Professors David Dunn and Nicholas Wheeler have been awarded a grant of $100,000 from the Open Society Foundations for a 2-year project investigating a new (restraining) global consensus on the use of armed drones. The project builds on findings from the Birmingham Policy Commission on the Security Impact of Drones.
Date:
Monday 9th May 2016

How the push to unite South-East Asia against Chinese expansionism could backfire

How the push to unite South-East Asia against Chinese expansionism could backfire
Description
Written by Scott Edwards. Washington has been trying to corral the ASEAN countries into a unified bloc against China – but it could actually destabilise the region further.
Date:
Monday 9th May 2016

Fact Check: does Britain get its way at the European top table?

Description
Chris Grayling and Alan Johnson disagree on whether the UK is on the winning side at the EU Council. Two academics assess who is right. Written by Sara Hagemann, London School of Economics and Political Science. Reviewed by Nicole Scicluna, POLSIS.
Date:
Monday 9th May 2016

EU Referendum: What the vote is REALLY doing to your STRESS levels?

Description
The question of what the future holds for Britain has caused increased stress levels across the population as uncertain times lie ahead. Express.co.uk spoke with Dr Tereza Capelos, senior lecturer in political psychology at the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security at Birmingham University and Nick Smith, a certified emotional intelligence coach about the stresses behind the EU Referendum.
Date:
Thursday 5th May 2016

Student enhancement events - with cake!

Description
POLSIS is a department committed to delivering the best possible learning experience to students and to help students fulfil their potential. The Academic Enhancement and Innovation Working Group, led by Dr Nicole Scicluna and Dr Lorenzo Cladi was pleased to organise yet another great event for the purpose of student enhancement.
Date:
Thursday 5th May 2016

Podcast: The Next Great Hope: The Humanitarian Initiative and Nuclear Weapons

Podcast: The Next Great Hope: The Humanitarian Initiative and Nuclear Weapons
Description
Speaker: Dr Jan Ruzicka (University of Aberystwyth), Chair: Professor Nicholas J Wheeler (Director, ICCS).
Date:
Thursday 5th May 2016

Brexit is about more than economics

Description
Last week The Birmingham Brief looked at Boris Johnson's comments on President Obama's intervention in the Brexit debate. Johnson's comments about Obama's background have received much critical attention, but one unlikely to cause the shift towards the Leave campaign that some of the polls suggest. The politics of Brexit are also important. Obama and the US have their own economic and strategic interests at stake in keeping the EU together.
Date:
Thursday 5th May 2016

European Commissioner Replies to Letter from POLSIS students

Description
The European Commissioner for Social Policy replied to letter in which students of the POLSIS module Institutions, Politics and Policies of the EU explained their views on the future of European integration in social policy.
Date:
Wednesday 4th May 2016

ICCS celebrates resounding success of third annual training programme

Description
In April 2016, the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security hosted the third annual training programme on 'Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation' at the University of Birmingham. The programme brought together delegates from across the UK, including students, researchers, and practitioners from international peace-building NGOs and diplomatic missions.
Date:
Friday 29th April 2016

Insight: Everyone's waiting for the first drone disaster

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GIVEN the collision at Heathrow and the potential for aerial terrorism, have regulators been caught napping on policing the skies, asks Dani Garavelli. Professor David Hastings Dunn, head of the Department of Political Science and International Studies at Birmingham University, believes it is only a matter of time before terrorists will be strapping explosives to drones, allowing them to by-pass security systems and carry out attacks on open-air events.
Date:
Friday 29th April 2016
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