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.

POLSIS Staff Help Royal Shakespeare Company with a briefing on democracy and participation

Description
POLSIS Academics were invited to the Royal Shakespeare Company to discuss with theatre makers about democracy and participation.
Date:
Tuesday 21st February 2017

Whatever you believe, the Trump presidency is going to test it

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Written by Dr Adam Quinn. Nearly three weeks into a four-year term, this much is clear about the Trump presidency: moderation is not the plan. Anyone who predicted America would see a different Donald Trump in office from the man on display during campaign season can now be counted among the many prognosticators who have placed and lost their chips in recent times.
Date:
Thursday 9th February 2017

Report: Responsible Nuclear Sovereignty and the Future of the Global Nuclear Order

Description
The British American Security Information Council (BASIC), in partnership with the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation, and Security (ICCS), have written a report which seeks to foster an international dialogue about the responsibilities of nuclear-armed states.
Date:
Wednesday 8th February 2017

IDD Guest seminar podcast: The Micro-Dynamics Of Diamonds in the Revolutionary United Front

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Speaker: Dr Zoe Marks, University of Edinburgh.
Date:
Wednesday 8th February 2017

Podcast: The Brexit Negotiations: An EU Perspective

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Speakers: Jacqueline Minor, European Commission's Head of Representation and Professor Martin Trybus, Birmingham Law School, Professor of European Law and Policy. Chair: Jamie Gaskarth, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
Date:
Wednesday 8th February 2017

School Enhancement Fund supports Politics Society goes to Parliament

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Due to the society being able to access the funds provided by the School Enhancement Fund, POLSOC was able to take 40 members to parliament. At no expense to the participants.
Date:
Monday 6th February 2017

Podcast: The Disappearance of the Battlefield in the Age of Global Targeting

Description
Speaker: Dr Antoine Bousquet (Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Birkbeck College, London).
Date:
Thursday 2nd February 2017

Podcast: Social Trust in International Relations

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Speaker: Dr Vince Keating (University of Southern Denmark).
Date:
Tuesday 31st January 2017

Political Parties Expert Delivers Seminar on Radical Right-Wing Political Parties

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Professor Sarah de Lange (University of Amsterdam) visited POLSIS to present her research on radical right-wing populist parties in Europe.
Date:
Tuesday 31st January 2017

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Politically Smart Support to Economic Development

Description
Speaker: Dr David Booth, Overseas Development Institute.
Date:
Tuesday 31st January 2017

IDD Guest seminar podcast: How Change Happens

Description
What works in achieving progressive change? How do power and systems shape change, and how can you influence them? Duncan Green, Strategic Adviser at Oxfam GB, discussed the themes of his new book How Change Happens.
Date:
Tuesday 31st January 2017

Podcast: From Europe's troubled periphery to security provider: Albanian Foreign Policy in regional and European context

Description
Deputy Foreign Minister of Albania, Dr Odeta Barbullushi, who studied for a PhD at the University of Birmingham spoke to staff and students about the security threats facing her country and the wider Western Balkans region.
Date:
Tuesday 31st January 2017

Islands of integrity: funding award for IDD corruption research

Description
IDD research on how to effectively fight corruption has won funding from the British Academy's Sustainable Development Programme, part of the UK government's £1.5 billion Global Challenges Research Fund.
Date:
Monday 30th January 2017

Don Noels talks of life under Apartheid in South Africa

Description
Anti-apartheid campaigner, Don Noels, came to POLSIS to speak to students and staff about life under apartheid in South Africa, as well as the contemporary political situation in his home country.
Date:
Monday 30th January 2017

Podcast: Education and Peace-Building in Deeply Divided Societies

Description
Speaker: Dr Giuditta Fontana (University of Birmingham). Education reform is often hailed as a panacea after civil wars: it is expected to reformulate identities, heal the wounds of war, reconcile future citizens, and include the formerly marginalised into the political, cultural and economic institutions of the state. But which education reforms are promoted in peace agreements in practice? And how do schools foster peace and stability after civil wars?
Date:
Friday 27th January 2017

Trump and Putin: How Special a Relationship?

Description
Written by Dr David White, Lecturer in Political Science. Time magazine's decision to make Donald Trump its 'Person of the Year' may have seemed like the ultimate no brainer in a year when we got rather used to expecting the unexpected. However, did the illustrious journal get it wrong? Instead could a case have been made for awarding this annual badge of prestige to Trump's counterpart in Moscow?
Date:
Friday 27th January 2017

The imminent partition of Syria

Description
Written by Professor Scott Lucas. After nearly six years of uprising, conflict and chaos, the partition of Syria is imminent. President Bashar al-Assad will of course rail against it; his crucial ally Iran will probably resist too, and the marginalised US won't even acknowledge the prospect. But the lines are nonetheless being drawn.
Date:
Thursday 26th January 2017

Trump as Brexit Britain's BFF? remember: for him talk is cheap

Description
Written by Dr Adam Quinn. Donald Trump was elected to bring change. In one way at least he is a cert to deliver: for as long as he serves, the world will never want for a presidential opinion on a controversial topic.
Date:
Thursday 26th January 2017

Will Trump reach out?

Description
Written by Dr Adam Quinn, Senior Lecturer in International Politics. "The occasion of his inaugural might offer a small early test of critical importance to the years ahead: is this president capable of exercising discipline and self-restraint, even when the incentive to do so could not be greater?"
Date:
Friday 20th January 2017

Trending research: Syria: Laying the Foundations for a Credible and Sustainable Transition

Description
An article by Scott Lucas, Christalla Yakinthou and Stefan Wolff is currently receiving plenty of attention online.
Date:
Wednesday 18th January 2017
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