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Blog: What Is Going on in Ukraine Now?

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Lance Spencer Davies, a Doctoral Researcher in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Birmingham, provides an update on recent developments in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
Date:
Monday 29th February 2016

Explainer: what's at stake in Iran's parliamentary elections

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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. Two of Iran's more moderate political factions have joined together to make sure they're not shut out of parliament.
Date:
Friday 26th February 2016

The Syria 'ceasefire' deal is no such thing – it's cover for the US and Russia

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Written by Professor Scott Lucas. The agreement so enthusiastically received by the world is less a leap forward than a cynical act of self-preservation.
Date:
Friday 26th February 2016

Blog: Neoliberalism and its Forgotten Alternative

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Written by David Ridley is a Doctoral Researcher, POLSIS. Criticisms of neoliberalism are proliferating, not just within the political and academic left, but within mainstream public opinion as well. Everywhere, people are beginning to seriously doubt whether markets will be able to produce another extended period of sustained growth, or whether they will solve the world's current problems or merely exacerbate them. Liberal economists are pointing to the increasing inequality caused by 30 years of neoliberalism in the west.
Date:
Thursday 25th February 2016

Blog: Five years on, Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution continues from the ground up

Blog: Five years on, Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution continues from the ground up
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Written by Adnan Saif. Tunisians are marking five years since the culmination of their "Jasmine Revolution". Since its longtime authoritarian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was forced out of office in January 2011, Tunisia has been embarking on a long transition to constitutional democracy – a transition that, although very bumpy at times, has nevertheless led to two successful multi-party elections and a new constitution.
Date:
Friday 19th February 2016

Blog: The Importance of Scooby-Doo to the Provision of Security in the Cyber Environment

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In the first week of July I was fortunate enough to attend the annual Cyber Conference at Chatham House, writes Gavin Hall. Two significant trends became apparent, which enable the exploration of a long muted metaphor, of mine, for cyber-security: at the end of every episode of Scooby-Doo the 'monster' is unmasked and a human is revealed to be behind the incident.
Date:
Tuesday 16th February 2016

Blog: Local Government Studies – virtual special issue on budgeting

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Written by Peter Matthews, Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Stirling. He is a member of the editorial team of Local Government Studies published in association with INLOGOV.
Date:
Monday 15th February 2016

Blog: The Importance of Scooby-Doo to the Provision of Security in the Cyber Environment

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Written by Gavin Hall. In the first week of July 2015 I was fortunate enough to attend the annual Cyber Conference at Chatham House, writes Gavin Hall. Two significant trends became apparent, which enable the exploration of a long muted metaphor, of mine, for cyber-security: at the end of every episode of Scooby-Doo the 'monster' is unmasked and a human is revealed to be behind the incident.
Date:
Monday 15th February 2016

Can the meek professor or 'Mr Clean' save the Central African Republic?

Can the meek professor or 'Mr Clean' save the Central African Republic?
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Written by Professor Paul Jackson, Professor of African Politics. One of the world's poorest and most unstable countries is in the midst of a remarkably hopeful election campaign.
Date:
Tuesday 9th February 2016

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

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Written by David Bailey, lecturer in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham provides a fascinating insight into how the nature of protest has changed.
Date:
Tuesday 9th February 2016
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