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Blog: Prizes for local government: Latin America or England?

Blog: Prizes for local government: Latin America or England?
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Written by Dr Andrew Nickson. Last week I was in Panama City to deliver the inaugural address at the 2nd Latin American seminar on good practices in municipal management. My topic was the challenges of sub-national governance in the region, after thirty years during which local political democracy has gradually become the norm, accompanied by a growing share of fiscal revenue devolved to local government.
Date:
Monday 22nd June 2015

Syria's opposition is trapped in a life-threatening fuel crisis

Syria's opposition is trapped in a life-threatening fuel crisis
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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. With both Islamic State and Assad cutting off its fuel supplies, the Syrian opposition is struggling to survive.
Date:
Monday 22nd June 2015

Birmingham academics present research findings in Parliament

Birmingham academics present research findings in Parliament
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Leading academics from the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security presented findings from their research project on 'The Political Effects of UAVs' to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Drones.
Date:
Friday 19th June 2015

Why the UK doesn't mind if aid boosts military spending

Why the UK doesn't mind if aid boosts military spending
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Written by Dr Jonathan Fisher. It's not a surprise that development aid frees up money for countries to spend on defence budgets. Why is the UK so shocked by its own policies?
Date:
Friday 19th June 2015

Rogue bankers join the welfare cheats on Osborne hit list

Rogue bankers join the welfare cheats on Osborne hit list
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Written by Dr Huw Macartney. More than just a piece of clever rhetoric, the government is making genuine changes to regulating the financial services industry.
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Friday 19th June 2015

POLSIS doctoral researcher wins prestigious Li Siguang Scholarship

POLSIS doctoral researcher wins prestigious Li Siguang Scholarship
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Ran Yan, a doctoral researcher starting in September 2015, has been awarded a highly competitive funded studentship offered by the university in partnership with the China Scholarship Council.
Date:
Friday 12th June 2015

Central African Republic takes a small step towards peace – but a leap is what's needed

Central African Republic takes a small step towards peace – but a leap is what's needed
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Written by Professor Paul Jackson. The CAR is a phantom state that has barely existed for years. Even with a ten-way peace deal now signed, what future does it have?
Date:
Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Jason Rezaian trial: journalists cannot expect justice in Iran

Jason Rezaian trial: journalists cannot expect justice in Iran
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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. The trial of an American journalist in Iran was a craven farce – and a reminder of the brutality with which Tehran still treats journalists.
Date:
Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Securing Sierra Leone, 1997-2013: Defence, Diplomacy and Development in Action

Securing Sierra Leone, 1997-2013: Defence, Diplomacy and Development in Action
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Professor Paul Jackson has recently co-authored a new book on Securing Sierra Leone, 1997–2013. Launched at RUSI in May 2015, the monograph examines the development and impact of security-sector reform on the state-building process in Sierra Leone.
Date:
Thursday 28th May 2015

CHASR: A Student's Insight

CHASR: A Student's Insight
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RTC has been collaborating with the International Development Department (IDD) for a number of years. Our Masters student, Jeffery Hamann, recounts his experience of taking part in an RTC-led conflict simulation exercise as part of his course. The simulation was conducted as a part of the IDD's CHASR (Conflict, Humanitarian Aid and Social Reconstruction) module.
Date:
Thursday 28th May 2015

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