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POLSIS Seminar on Greek Elections Highlights Expertise in POLSIS

POLSIS Seminar on Greek Elections Highlights Expertise in POLSIS
Description
A Special POLSIS Departmental Seminar Showcases the expertise of two new members of staff.
Date:
Friday 13th February 2015

Recent Media Appearances Highlight Strength of POLSIS Research

Recent Media Appearances Highlight Strength of POLSIS Research
Description
Numerous appearances by staff in the media show the strength and breadth of research in POLSIS.
Date:
Friday 13th February 2015

Ukraine ceasefire announced at Minsk summit – what next?

Ukraine ceasefire announced at Minsk summit – what next?
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff. After all night talks in the Belarusian capital Minsk, the outcomes of the four party talks in the so-called Normandy format (Ukraine, Russia, France, and Germany) have neither brought a major breakthrough or a complete disaster. As a deal, it is not a solution, but perhaps a step towards one.
Date:
Friday 13th February 2015

The international media is failing to report the Syrian war properly

The international media is failing to report the Syrian war properly
Description
Written by Professor Scott Lucas. February 2015 has already seen some major developments in Syria's four-year conflict. At the start of February, rebels launched more than 100 rockets into Damascus and the Assad regime fired mortars on areas of its own capital, hoping to discredit the insurgents. At least six people were killed in the attacks.
Date:
Tuesday 10th February 2015

Why peace in Ukraine won't save the Russian economy

Why peace in Ukraine won't save the Russian economy
Description
Written by Dr Richard Connolly. Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande's push for peace in Moscow has helped fuel optimism about the prospects for Russia's spluttering economy. On the morning of the meeting, the rouble had strengthened against the dollar and the euro, and both the dollar and rouble-based sections of the Russian stock exchange saw sharp gains. Unfortunately for those in the Kremlin, however, Russia's economic woes are so deep-rooted that peace in Ukraine is likely to offer only temporary respite at best.
Date:
Monday 9th February 2015

Greek Election 2015

Greek Election 2015
Description
Dr George Kyris and Dr Sotirios Zartaloudis reflect on Syriza's victory in the Greek election and discuss what it might mean for the rest of Europe.
Date:
Thursday 5th February 2015

The cyber threat to the United Kingdom

The cyber threat to the United Kingdom
Description
Written by Gavin E L Hall (Doctoral Researcher in POLSIS). When the new government takes office in May 2015 one of the first tasks will be to initiate a Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR).
Date:
Thursday 5th February 2015

Podcast: The Greek Elections: Results and Implications

Podcast: The Greek Elections: Results and Implications
Description
The Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) Departmental Seminar. Speakers: George Kyris and Sotirios Zartaloudis (POLSIS)
Date:
Thursday 5th February 2015

As its power grows, is the ECB overstepping its mandate?

As its power grows, is the ECB overstepping its mandate?
Description
Written by Dr Nicole Scicluna. The European Central Bank (ECB) symbolises the strange mix of politics and technocracy that marks EU governance. The bank was pushed to centre stage by the eurozone debt crisis and the unwillingness or inability of Europe's national governments to come up with timely solutions. Its rise as a political actor started while it was led by Jean-Claude Trichet, but it has become much clearer under his successor, Mario Draghi.
Date:
Thursday 5th February 2015

Ed Balls pledges £30 billion to English regions – and that's not all

Ed Balls pledges £30 billion to English regions – and that's not all
Description
Written by Chris Game. Two noteworthy things happened in Milton Keynes on Monday morning. Ed Miliband chaired the first meeting of Labour's English Regional Shadow Cabinet – comprising mainly leaders of councils and combined authorities. And, as a curtain-raiser, shadow Chancellor Ed Balls announced that, if Labour forms the next government, it will transfer £30 billion-worth of funding for housing, transport, business support, employment and skills training to England's regions.
Date:
Thursday 5th February 2015
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