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The Conversation: Crimea: the polarised peninsula threatening to rip Ukraine apart

The Conversation: Crimea: the polarised peninsula threatening to rip Ukraine apart
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Written by Professor Stefan Wolff and Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University). These are dangerous times in Crimea. While the ongoing crisis in Ukraine has exposed the division between the country's pro-Western and pro-Russian populations, another divide is more clear-cut and arguably more imminently threatening: the divide between supporters and opponents of separatism in Crimea.
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Friday 28th February 2014

Saving Humans Blog: What is to be done?

Saving Humans Blog: What is to be done?
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Written by Jonna Nyman. The blog posts this week have raised a series of questions about energy security. Conventional political thinking on energy security has a narrow focus which emphasises the need to secure state energy supplies. Sustainability is largely ignored, as short-term economic benefit is continually prioritised. The political and military survival of states is prioritised over environmental or climate stability, and human security. So what is to be done?
Date:
Friday 28th February 2014

Saving Humans Blog: Energy security as human security

Saving Humans Blog: Energy security as human security
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Written by Jonna Nyman. Not only are current patterns of energy exploitation a key contributor to climate instability, they also affect human security directly.
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Thursday 27th February 2014

ICCS seminar series podcast: Strategy a History

ICCS seminar series podcast: Strategy a History
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On the 24th February 2014 Sir Lawrence Freedman launched his latest book (Financial Times book of the year 2013) as part of our ICCS Seminar Series. This event took place in the Business School at the University of Birmingham.
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Wednesday 26th February 2014

The Conversation: Ukraine a pawn in high-stakes global game with no quick win in sight for EU, US or Russia

The Conversation: Ukraine a pawn in high-stakes global game with no quick win in sight for EU, US or Russia
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Written by Professor Stefan Wolff and Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University). It was just last Friday that the Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych and three leaders of the parliamentary opposition – Vitaliy Klichko, Oleh Tyahnibok, and Arsenij Yatseniuk – signed an agreement on how to end the two-month crisis that has engulfed Ukraine. They did so as the protests turned increasingly violent, with up to 100 people killed in the days immediately before the agreement.
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Wednesday 26th February 2014

Saving Humans Blog: Energy security vs climate security

Saving Humans Blog: Energy security vs climate security
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Written by Jonna Nyman. It is clear that energy security opens up some difficult questions about what or whose security should be prioritised. At the centre of this is the growing conflict between the focus of much energy security policy and discussion on fossil fuels, and the human need for a stable climate and environment. Energy security as currently understood by most policymakers is incompatible with a stable climate. We see perhaps the biggest conflict between energy and climate security today in China.
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Wednesday 26th February 2014

Blog: Body / State in An Age of Austerity

Blog: Body / State in An Age of Austerity
Description
On Saturday 22nd February, the University of Birmingham's Gender and Feminist Theory Research Group were delighted to co-sponsor and host the PSA Women in Politics Specialist Group 's bi-annual conference. The conference was oriented around feminist scholarship that has sought to illuminate the ways in which states and bodies are intertwined both in general and in an age of austerity in particular.
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Tuesday 25th February 2014

Podcast: Foucault, Sexuality, and Sustainable Development by Dr Emma Foster

Podcast: Foucault, Sexuality, and Sustainable Development by Dr Emma Foster
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In this talk, Dr Foster applies the Foucauldian concepts of biopower and governance to ecology. She describes the rhetoric of the UN's sustainable development policy documents as both gender conservative and heteronormative. She shows how demography itself is a biopolitical instrument and and imagines how a queer approach to ecology might understand nature differently, and outside of the 'resources versus people' dichotomy.
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Tuesday 25th February 2014

Blog: Policing the journey along the low road

Blog: Policing the journey along the low road
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Written by Alan Doig. Up to the 1980s, crime control in the UK was widely seen as virtually the sole domain and responsibility of law enforcement. Nearly all police forces had, for example, a fraud squad whose purpose was laid out in a 1970 Home Office circular (apparently 115/1970 since you ask) and who traditionally dealt with criminalised aspects of local government misconduct.
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Tuesday 25th February 2014

Saving Humans Blog: Energy security and saving humans

Saving Humans Blog: Energy security and saving humans
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Written by Jonna Nyman. Energy security is increasingly the subject of headlines around the world. Most states rely heavily on fossil fuels to serve their energy needs, and as these fuels are finite they will eventually run out. There is an ongoing debate over whether or not we already have or will hit 'peak oil' in the near future, but either way there is increasing worry over the availability of, and access to, energy in years to come.
Date:
Tuesday 25th February 2014
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