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.

ICCS contributes to a policy briefing on 'The governance of UAVs in defence and security'

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The Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (PaCCS) has published a policy briefing on the impact of new technologies on the defence and security sectors, focusing on questions of governance, ethics and the law.
Date:
Tuesday 9th August 2016

Laurence Cooley awarded ESRC Future Research Leaders funding

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Dr Laurence Cooley awarded ESRC funding for two year project on 'The contentious politics of the census in consociational democracies.'
Date:
Thursday 4th August 2016

How Turkey's President used social media to save himself

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Written by Professor Scott Lucas, Department of Political Science and International Studies. "The wonder of 21st-century social media, as shown by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, is that you can both suppress and embrace it."
Date:
Friday 29th July 2016

Governing Coastal and Marine Resources: Learning the Challenges of Multi-level Governance

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Written by Dr Fiona Nunan for the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) blog. Dr Fiona Nunan, from the School of Government and Society, University of Birmingham, returns from the Payments for Ecosystems Services (PES) workshops in Africa and gives her perspective on the two events.
Date:
Thursday 28th July 2016

Trump promises America law and order, but he is a dire threat to both

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Written by Dr Adam Quinn. Anyone who still dismisses Donald Trump as a ludicrous amateur should now realise just how dangerous he is.
Date:
Tuesday 26th July 2016

Five years after independence, violence still stalks South Sudan

Five years after independence, violence still stalks South Sudan
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Written by Professor Paul Jackson, Professor of African Politics. Betrayed by corrupt mismanagement and personalised leadership, the world's youngest country is in danger of total collapse.
Date:
Friday 22nd July 2016

New publications by ICCS Honorary Research Fellow Andrew Futter

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Dr Andrew Futter has recently published a new edited volume on The United Kingdom and the Future of Nuclear Weapons.
Date:
Tuesday 19th July 2016

Democracy and the coup

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Written by Talat Farooq for The News International.
Date:
Tuesday 19th July 2016

Beyond The Donald: four things to watch at the Republican Convention

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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. After a year of trying to bring him down, the Republican Party will rally behind Donald Trump this week – sort of.
Date:
Tuesday 19th July 2016

Democratic responses and political pressures for change

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This two-day seminar focused on patterns of contestation, protest, alternative forms of political participation, and how each of these have had an impact upon contemporary policymaking in political economy. The seminar focused on a range of questions related to the relationship between democratic participation, protest, and political economy outcomes.
Date:
Monday 18th July 2016

Can policing by consent involve remote control bombs and pre-emptive strikes?

Can policing by consent involve remote control bombs and pre-emptive strikes?
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Written by Professor David H. Dunn, University of Birmingham. Technology poses a challenge to how we treat suspects and police society.
Date:
Tuesday 12th July 2016

Fiona Nunan writes Topic Guide on Governance of natural resources

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In this Topic Guide these critical aspects of natural resource governance are examined, to help guide practitioners on how to approach this complexity.
Date:
Tuesday 12th July 2016

Forthcoming Conference on Parliaments and Legislatures

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The POLSIS British Politics Research Group are co-sponsoring the Political Studies Association Parliaments & Legislatures 2016 Conference
Date:
Tuesday 12th July 2016

European Studies Research Group hosted 1st Bridging Research Agendas Workshop

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On Thursday 30 June 2016, the European Studies Research Group held an informal workshop on various themes of the EU's foreign and neighbourhood policies.
Date:
Tuesday 12th July 2016

POLSIS Staff Member Wins Teaching Award

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Dr Julie Gilson has been awarded the College of Social Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award 2016.
Date:
Tuesday 12th July 2016

ESRC seminar - Does gender count? New methodologies and the gender dimensions of conflict data

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This seminar gathered together a range of gender, peace studies and geography scholars and practitioners based at institutions throughout the UK to share their thoughts and experiences on these key questions related to the place of gender issues in the theory and practice of peace and conflict research
Date:
Tuesday 12th July 2016

Symposium Report: Historical Analysis for Defence and Security

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ICCS Research Fellow Dr Chris Wyatt attended the 8th Historical Analysis for Defence and Security Symposium held by Dstl on 25 and 26 May. The aim of the event was to bring together historians, analysts and policy makers to discuss the use of historical events to understand topical and enduring defence and security issues. For over 30 years, MOD and Dstl have used analysis of historical campaigns and developments in academic understanding of conflict to provide a useful 'reality-check' to UK defence policy.
Date:
Tuesday 12th July 2016

'Mama, will you be deported?': Brexit vote triggers eruption of racism

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Dr Tereza Capelos comments on a Guardian Article around the EU Referendum. There has been a fivefold increase in reports of hate crime since the day of the referendum.
Date:
Tuesday 12th July 2016

Stabilisation Challenges Facing Iraq after the Defeat of Daesh

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ICCS Honorary Professor Paul Schulte, the former UK Commissioner for Iraq on the UN Commissions for Disarmament, gave a talk to the Iraqi Embassy in the UK on 06 June 2016.
Date:
Tuesday 12th July 2016

EU referendum: a contest between economics and emotion

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Tereza Capelos comments on an article in the Financial Times. Tereza sees the campaign in dispiriting terms, with fear as its dominant emotion. The Remain campaign has used warnings of post-Brexit property market collapses and budget holes to prevent voters from straying from the status quo.
Date:
Monday 11th July 2016
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