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Podcast: Overcoming a lack of trust to facilitate peace agreements in divided societies

Podcast: Overcoming a lack of trust to facilitate peace agreements in divided societies
Description
Speaker: Dr Dawn Walsh (University of Birmingham). This paper focuses on peace agreements which include an element of territorial self-government (TSG). Using international examples including Northern Ireland and Bosnia this paper demonstrates that a lack of trust between conflict parties necessitated the inclusion of a range of guarantee mechanisms which increased confidence that the TSG element of the peace agreement would be respected.
Date:
Friday 20th November 2015

Paris attacks: how effective has the military response been?

Paris attacks: how effective has the military response been?
Description
Written by Professor Scott Lucas. After the terrorist atrocity, Western powers pledged to strike back at Islamic State. They will need to do more than rattle sabres.
Date:
Thursday 19th November 2015

The life of 'Jihadi John': how one man became the symbol of Islamic State

The life of 'Jihadi John': how one man became the symbol of Islamic State
Description
Written by Professor Scott Lucas. US and UK claim the man who bragged about decapitating western hostages has probably been killed in an airstrike.
Date:
Monday 16th November 2015

Rhys Crilley Wins the ISAICOMM 2016 Best Paper Award

Rhys Crilley Wins the ISAICOMM 2016 Best Paper Award
Description
The ISAICOMM Book Award Selection Committee has chosen to honour Rhys Crilley, a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Birmingham, for his paper, "Through the Mud and the Blood to the Chatroom Beyond: The British Army on Facebook 2009-2012." Crilley's paper was nominated for this award from a pool of approximately 150 papers presented at 33 different ISAICOMM section panels during ISA 2015 in New Orleans.
Date:
Friday 13th November 2015

IGS podcast: '"Lay Down Your Arms!" Anti-War Writing in German-Speaking Countries, 1905‒1924'

IGS podcast: '"Lay Down Your Arms!" Anti-War Writing in German-Speaking Countries, 1905‒1924'
Description
Speaker: Professor Ritchie Robertson (University of Oxford)
Date:
Thursday 12th November 2015

IDD academic awarded SCOPUS Young researcher of the year award for Social Science 2015

IDD academic awarded SCOPUS Young researcher of the year award for Social Science 2015
Description
Dr Jonathan Fisher, Senior Lecturer in African Politics, International Development Department has been recognised with the SCOPUS Young researcher of the year award for Social Science 2015. Dr Fisher attended a ceremony on Thursday 05 November 2015 to accept his award.
Date:
Friday 6th November 2015

Syria: is Putin preparing to dump Assad?

Syria: is Putin preparing to dump Assad?
Description
Written by Professor Scott Lucas. Moscow's mixed messages on the future of the Syrian president is fuelling speculation that it might be preparing to desert its long-term ally.
Date:
Friday 6th November 2015

High Quality Publications Show POLSIS Staff Remain at the Cutting Edge of Research

High Quality Publications Show POLSIS Staff Remain at the Cutting Edge of Research
Description
The last few months have witnessed the continuing flow of high quality publications from staff members in POLSIS demonstrating the department's position at the forefront of research. The books, articles and chapters cover political theory, international relations, security, British politics, rising powers, the European Union and developments in the former Soviet Union.
Date:
Wednesday 4th November 2015

POLSIS Welcomes Three New Members of Staff

POLSIS Welcomes Three New Members of Staff
Description
Three new appointments strengthen the department's coverage of British politics, political theory and foreign and security policy.
Date:
Wednesday 4th November 2015

POLSIS Staff are Regular Contributors to The Conversation

POLSIS Staff are Regular Contributors to The Conversation
Description
POLSIS staff regularly write short articles informed by their research for publications aimed at an audience beyond the academy such as The Washington Post, The Moscow Times, Euractiv and Chatham House Expert Comment. One of the most popular outlets for staff is The Conversation.
Date:
Tuesday 3rd November 2015
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