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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.

The arrival (and departure) of the parliamentary single-termers

The arrival (and departure) of the parliamentary single-termers
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Written by Chris Game. All university admissions tutors know about single-termers. They are those students – some badly advised and intellectually bewildered, others more devious – who decide around mid-November that they want to change degrees, study elsewhere or just drop out. They're a pain, but higher education is a complex world and, after all, they are young. MPs, you might suppose, would be different. But in this parliament anyway, you'd be dead wrong.
Date:
Monday 19th January 2015

Al-Qaeda's Yemen branch adds Paris attacks to list of successes

Al-Qaeda's Yemen branch adds Paris attacks to list of successes
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Written by Professor Stefan Wolff. Al-Qaeda's most active and notorious branch – the Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) – has claimed responsibility for the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris. While some questions remain about the full credibility of the claim, it is not entirely implausible: it's been established that some of the attackers had been trained in Yemen, and at least one of them had met AQAP's former chief ideologue, Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born jihadist killed in a US drone strike in 2011.
Date:
Monday 19th January 2015

New book chapter: contribution to 'The Politics of Inclusive Development'

New book chapter: contribution to 'The Politics of Inclusive Development'
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Senior researcher Claire Mcloughlin is one of the contributors to 'The Politics of Inclusive Development', published this month by OUP. The book is dedicated to the memory of the late Adrian Leftwich, DLP's founding Director of Research.
Date:
Thursday 15th January 2015

Ukraine steels for more unrest as Donetsk bus attack kills 12

Ukraine steels for more unrest as Donetsk bus attack kills 12
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Written by Professor Stefan Wolff. The deadly attack on a bus carrying civilians near Donetsk, killing at least 12 of them and wounding many more, comes in the wake of yet another round of failed talks among the foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, Germany, and France. It also follows a pattern of persistent violence between rebels and government forces that has made a mockery of a ceasefire agreement brokered between the two sides back in September 2014.
Date:
Thursday 15th January 2015

New book chapter: contribution to the 'Routledge Handbook of Political Corruption

New book chapter: contribution to the 'Routledge Handbook of Political Corruption
Description
The newly-published 'Routledge Handbook of Political Corruption' includes a contribution from DLP Director Heather Marquette in its section on new directions emerging in corruption research.
Date:
Tuesday 13th January 2015

Political Engagement and political alternatives in the age of austerity

Political Engagement and political alternatives in the age of austerity
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Scholars from Italy, Ireland, Germany and the UK attended a workshop in Birmingham examining political engagement and political alternatives in light of the current crisis affecting Europe.
Date:
Tuesday 13th January 2015

INLOGOV In-house programmes

INLOGOV In-house programmes
Description
If attending an on-campus programme at Birmingham isn't an option available to you or your staff, have you thought about our 'In-house' Programmes as an alternative? We often think of Universities as places that you come to - but we can come to you as well.
Date:
Friday 9th January 2015

CREES' CASCADE team conduct a joint meeting with a co-ordinator of a sister FP7 project from Switzerland

CREES' CASCADE team conduct a joint meeting with a co-ordinator of a sister FP7 project from Switzerland
Description
Dr Kataryna Wolczuk, Dr Derek Averre, Dr Kevork Oskanian and Nino Kemoklidze discussed their research project and exchanged ideas with former CREES PhD graduate Dr Katharina Hoffman, co-ordinator of CASCADE's sister FP7 project from Switzerland in Birmingham.
Date:
Thursday 8th January 2015

Blog: New ways of working for district councils

Blog: New ways of working for district councils
Description
Written by Anthony Mason. My primary school history teacher always taught that the shires of England were mapped out by Alfred the Great. For me, that story was confirmed by an illustration in my treasured Ladybird book on the great man (Alfred – not the teacher) that shows four burly Saxons knocking in a waymark post as they lay out the boundary pattern. I still have that book. I later learned that while the reality was much more complicated, it is essentially true that much of our shire county structure would be familiar to a returning Anglo Saxon – even if not much else would be.
Date:
Friday 19th December 2014

Putin meets the press – as state takes tighter grip of economy

Putin meets the press – as state takes tighter grip of economy
Description
Written by Dr Richard Connolly. Vladimir Putin has delivered his annual press conference and at the top of the agenda was the Russian economy, reflecting that the turmoil buffeting the Russian rouble has reached critical levels.
Date:
Thursday 18th December 2014

Blog: Typhoon Haiyan One Year On: Reflections on Disability Research in the Philippines

Blog: Typhoon Haiyan One Year On: Reflections on Disability Research in the Philippines
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Written by David Cobley. Super Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda), the strongest typhoon on record ever to make landfall, ripped across the heavily-populated central Philippine provinces on 8th November 2013, leaving a trail of death, devastation and shattered lives in its wake. One year on, at the time of my visit to the Philippines, many people were still struggling to cope with the catastrophic consequences of Haiyan.
Date:
Thursday 18th December 2014

INLOGOV Call for evidence

INLOGOV Call for evidence
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Your chance to showcase innovative, outcome focussed and collaborative new ways of working that your District Council is leading on or working in collaboration to deliver.
Date:
Tuesday 16th December 2014

Two More PhD Successes Highlight the Strength of POLSIS Doctoral Research

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Two more doctoral researchers successfully defend their PhD theses.
Date:
Tuesday 16th December 2014

Huge Russian rate hike plays roulette with the economy

Huge Russian rate hike plays roulette with the economy
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Written by Dr Richard Connolly. Russia's Central Bank has raised its key interest rate from 10.5% to 17% in an emergency move that is designed to halt the ongoing collapse of the rouble, which has accelerated in recent weeks. The dramatic intervention comes after the rouble suffered its worst one-day fall since the August 1998 financial crisis.
Date:
Tuesday 16th December 2014

Slovak Expert Visits University of Birmingham

Slovak Expert Visits University of Birmingham
Description
Leading Expert on Slovak politics, Marek Rybar of Comenius University, visited the University of Birmingham.
Date:
Tuesday 16th December 2014

CREES staff member delivers talk at The National Defence Academy of Latvia

CREES staff member delivers talk at The National Defence Academy of Latvia
Description
Dr Derek Averre of CREES/POLSIS spoke about Europe and the Ukraine crisis at the National Defence Academy of Latvia, Riga, on 03 December 2014.
Date:
Monday 15th December 2014

Blog: The journey to the common: what is the role of the voluntary sector?

Blog: The journey to the common: what is the role of the voluntary sector?
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Written by Anna Coleman and Julia Segar. A recent publication by the New Local Government Network (NLGN) looked at how local councils are preparing for the future and suggests depressingly that "there is simply no way that local government can reach 2018 let alone 2020 while still delivering the full range and quality of services currently on offer"(p6). Simply put, we have an ageing population, with associated increasing demand for care services and draconian cuts in council budgets.
Date:
Friday 12th December 2014

IGS podcast: Disobeying Hitler: German Resistance in the last year of WWII

IGS podcast: Disobeying Hitler: German Resistance in the last year of WWII
Description
Speaker: Randall Hansen (University of Toronto).
Date:
Thursday 11th December 2014

IDD Guest seminar podcast: From the inside: A development academic's reflections on three years at the World Bank

IDD Guest seminar podcast: From the inside: A development academic's reflections on three years at the World Bank
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Speaker: Willy McCourt, Senior Public Sector Specialist, The World Bank.
Date:
Thursday 11th December 2014

Podcast: Ethics in Syria: Analysing the International Response

Podcast: Ethics in Syria: Analysing the International Response
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The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security, in conjunction with the Centre for Global Ethics, organised this timely panel discussion of the ongoing crisis in Syria. Leading academics and human rights activists convened a panel to discuss the ethics of responding to the crisis in Syria.
Date:
Tuesday 9th December 2014
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