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.

Warning over drones use by terrorists

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Drones could be used by terrorist groups as "simple, affordable and effective airborne improvised explosive devices," says a report by London-based think tank the Remote Control Project.
Date:
Thursday 21st January 2016

Blog: #Gymlife: does Instagram's fitness trend have the potential to negatively impact female body image?

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Written by Milly Morris. In this post Milly Morris examines #Gymlife and whether all the self-infatuation on Instagram help to reinforce stereotypes of the perfect female form.
Date:
Tuesday 19th January 2016

How Iran's hardliners still threaten the nuclear deal

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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. The sanctions are being lifted, the economy is opening up – and Tehran's conservatives are furious.
Date:
Monday 18th January 2016

Iraq's battle for Ramadi isn't just about defeating Islamic State

Iraq's battle for Ramadi isn't just about defeating Islamic State
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Written by Professor Scott Lucas and Balsam Mustafa. Iraq looks to have a good chance of retaking the capital of Anbar province from Islamic State. But what comes next?
Date:
Monday 18th January 2016

Hard Evidence: this is the Age of Dissent – and there's much more to come

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Written by Dr David J. Bailey. There were more protests in Britain last year than at any time since the 1970s.
Date:
Monday 18th January 2016

Jakarta attacks: is Islamic State's presence in South-East Asia overstated?

Jakarta attacks: is Islamic State's presence in South-East Asia overstated?
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Written by Scott Edwards. IS has claimed a wave of deadly bombings and shootings in Jakarta, but its long-feared Asian campaign is yet to materialise in earnest.
Date:
Monday 18th January 2016

Making sense of urban poverty

Making sense of urban poverty
Description
Dr Philip Amis' 1995 paper 'Making sense of urban poverty' is highlighted as the most read article in the Urbanisation and Development journal over the last 25 years.
Date:
Thursday 7th January 2016

New article on political economy analysis and ownership

New article on political economy analysis and ownership
Description
A new Development in Practice article by IDD's Jonathan Fisher and Heather Marquette discusses the tensions between development agencies' focus on donor-centric political economy analysis and their interest in fostering partner countries' ownership of development agendas.
Date:
Thursday 7th January 2016

European Trilateral Nuclear Dialogues 2015 Consensus Statement released

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Paul Schulte, Honorary Professor in the ICCS, is a signatory of the latest European Trilateral Nuclear Dialogues Consensus Statement, which was published on 18th December 2015.
Date:
Thursday 7th January 2016

2015: the year in elections

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It's been a dramatic year in elections around the world: old leaders were toppled, upstarts and novices seized the helm, and embattled governments somehow managed to cling on. Here, the experts who covered them take stock of what's happened – and look at what's in store for 2016.
Date:
Monday 4th January 2016

UK parliament votes to bomb Islamic State in Syria – so, what will that mean internationally?

UK parliament votes to bomb Islamic State in Syria – so, what will that mean internationally?
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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. David Cameron wins vote with 397 votes for and 223 votes against the government.
Date:
Monday 21st December 2015

Saudi Arabia's 'coalition' is a brazen challenge to Syria, Iran, and the US

Saudi Arabia's 'coalition' is a brazen challenge to Syria, Iran, and the US
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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. When is a coalition not a coalition? When you don't tell the founding members they're in it.
Date:
Monday 21st December 2015

IDD Guest seminar podcast: The Burundian army's identity crisis: From post-conflict to peacekeeping army and back again

IDD Guest seminar podcast: The Burundian army's identity crisis: From post-conflict to peacekeeping army and back again
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Speaker: Dr Nina Wilén (Université libre de Bruxelles).
Date:
Thursday 17th December 2015

After Paris; the future of Europe

After Paris; the future of Europe
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On Tuesday 01 December, the University of Birmingham was delighted to welcome Her Excellency Sylvie Bermann, Ambassador of France to the United Kingdom, who delivered a keynote talk as part of the Vice-Chancellor's Distinguished Lecture series.
Date:
Wednesday 16th December 2015

Pre-Masters in International Development and Relations

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The aim of the two-year full-time pre-Masters programme is to provide an entry route into our MA/MSc courses in International Development and Relations for students who do not have the traditional requirements for direct entry to the programme. Find out more about our Pre-Masters in International Development and Relations.
Date:
Wednesday 16th December 2015

The Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST)

The Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST)
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The UK's security and intelligence agencies, in partnership with the UK's Economic and Social Research Council, are funding a new independent academic centre focused on behavioural and social science to counter and mitigate threats.
Date:
Tuesday 15th December 2015

CREST Commissioning Announcement - Research for understanding, mitigating and countering security threats

CREST Commissioning Announcement - Research for understanding, mitigating and countering security threats
Description
The UK Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats wishes to commission a programme of research that addresses some of the current threats to national and international security. Find out more about the details of the Call Specification.
Date:
Tuesday 15th December 2015

Indonesia's struggle to end corruption is hitting snag after snag

Indonesia's struggle to end corruption is hitting snag after snag
Description
Written by Scott Edwards. A dynamic new president promised Indonesians sweeping reform of a rotten system. Instead, all they've gotten are baby steps.
Date:
Tuesday 15th December 2015

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Symbolic politics, legalism and implementation: The case of the new street vendors law in India

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Symbolic politics, legalism and implementation: The case of the new street vendors law in India
Description
Speaker: Dr Philip Amis (University of Birmingham).
Date:
Thursday 10th December 2015

Complete our Online Survey and win an iPad

Complete our Online Survey and win an iPad
Description
We want to ensure you and your colleagues are able to make use of our ideas and engage with us is in a way that's convenient, accessible and most importantly useful to you. As someone who works in this sector, we would be grateful to hear your views.
Date:
Wednesday 2nd December 2015
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