Podcasts

Featured podcasts:

CREES podcast: The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: The Uses and Misuses of History. (Recorded: 26 November 2014) 

POLSIS/ICCS seminar series: Hobbes's Dilemma and the Liberal Quest for World Order by Robert O. Keohane (Recorded: 29 October 2014)

Latest podcasts:

IGS podcast: Disobeying Hitler: German Resistance in the last year of WWII

IGS podcast: Disobeying Hitler: German Resistance in the last year of WWII
Description
Speaker: Randall Hansen (University of Toronto).
Date:
Thursday 11th December 2014

IDD Guest seminar podcast: From the inside: A development academic's reflections on three years at the World Bank

IDD Guest seminar podcast: From the inside: A development academic's reflections on three years at the World Bank
Description
Speaker: Willy McCourt, Senior Public Sector Specialist, The World Bank.
Date:
Thursday 11th December 2014

Podcast: Ethics in Syria: Analysing the International Response

Podcast: Ethics in Syria: Analysing the International Response
Description
The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security, in conjunction with the Centre for Global Ethics, organised this timely panel discussion of the ongoing crisis in Syria. Leading academics and human rights activists convened a panel to discuss the ethics of responding to the crisis in Syria.
Date:
Tuesday 9th December 2014

Podcast: The New Challenges and Choices of the South Caucasus: Between Political, Cultural and Economic Priorities

Podcast: The New Challenges and Choices of the South Caucasus: Between Political, Cultural and Economic Priorities
Description
Dr Denis Dvornikov spoke on the current political situation in the South Caucasus region, focussing on the new challenges linked with geopolitical integration projects such as the Eurasian Economic Union and the Iran factor as well as the situation with the region's non-recognised states (Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Nagorno-Karabakh). He will also address recent events in Russia – Georgia dialogue and perspectives for economic development.
Date:
Friday 5th December 2014

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Using aid as a sanctioning device: The case of budget support suspensions?

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Using aid as a sanctioning device: The case of budget support suspensions?
Description
Speaker: Dr Nadia Molenaers, Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Antwerp.
Date:
Friday 5th December 2014

Recent podcasts:

2014

IGS podcast: Disobeying Hitler: German Resistance in the last year of WWII

IGS podcast: Disobeying Hitler: German Resistance in the last year of WWII
Description
Speaker: Randall Hansen (University of Toronto).
Date:
Thursday 11th December 2014

IDD Guest seminar podcast: From the inside: A development academic's reflections on three years at the World Bank

IDD Guest seminar podcast: From the inside: A development academic's reflections on three years at the World Bank
Description
Speaker: Willy McCourt, Senior Public Sector Specialist, The World Bank.
Date:
Thursday 11th December 2014

Podcast: Ethics in Syria: Analysing the International Response

Podcast: Ethics in Syria: Analysing the International Response
Description
The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security, in conjunction with the Centre for Global Ethics, organised this timely panel discussion of the ongoing crisis in Syria. Leading academics and human rights activists convened a panel to discuss the ethics of responding to the crisis in Syria.
Date:
Tuesday 9th December 2014

Podcast: The New Challenges and Choices of the South Caucasus: Between Political, Cultural and Economic Priorities

Podcast: The New Challenges and Choices of the South Caucasus: Between Political, Cultural and Economic Priorities
Description
Dr Denis Dvornikov spoke on the current political situation in the South Caucasus region, focussing on the new challenges linked with geopolitical integration projects such as the Eurasian Economic Union and the Iran factor as well as the situation with the region's non-recognised states (Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Nagorno-Karabakh). He will also address recent events in Russia – Georgia dialogue and perspectives for economic development.
Date:
Friday 5th December 2014

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Using aid as a sanctioning device: The case of budget support suspensions?

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Using aid as a sanctioning device: The case of budget support suspensions?
Description
Speaker: Dr Nadia Molenaers, Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Antwerp.
Date:
Friday 5th December 2014

IGS podcast: The Dark Side of EU-rope: Imperium Europaeum?

IGS podcast: The Dark Side of EU-rope: Imperium Europaeum?
Description
Speakers: David Engels (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Hauke Brunkhorst (University of Flensburg). .Chair: Julian Pänke (IGS)
Date:
Tuesday 2nd December 2014

Podcast: The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: The Uses and Misuses of History

Podcast: The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: The Uses and Misuses of History
Description
This round-table discussed the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict which is one of the most complex and protracted ethno-territorial conflicts in the post-Soviet space. It focused on the role of historical narrative in the political discourse of all parties involved in the conflict. The round-table gathered together scholars and policy-makers with a lengthy empirical and political experience of this turbulent region.
Date:
Thursday 27th November 2014

Podcast: Reflections On UK Africa Relations by Mark Simmonds MP

Podcast: Reflections On UK Africa Relations by Mark Simmonds MP
Description
This event entitled 'Reflections on UK Africa relations', covered Mark Simmonds time in office as well as his thoughts on the future of UK Africa relations in arenas including development, security and trade. The event was organised by the BISA Africa and International Studies Working Group, of which Dr Danielle Beswick is co-convenor, as part of a series of events around the UK during 2014 on 'Britain and Africa after 50.'
Date:
Wednesday 26th November 2014

Podcast: NATO after the Wales Summit

Podcast: NATO after the Wales Summit
Description
In response to the crisis in Ukraine, NATO's recent summit in Newport, Wales marked a seeming return to a traditional agenda of reassurance and deterrence. NATO has taken measures to shore up the defence of its eastern allies, but to what extent does the Alliance remain a useful tool of multilateral security cooperation in an era of defence austerity, cyber-attack and the collapse of order in Syria and Iraq? How important is NATO for American and British foreign policy? And what hope is their for a continuing dialogue with Russia? These issues were addressed by experts at this event.
Date:
Wednesday 26th November 2014

IDD Guest seminar podcast: The Green State in Africa: Environmental politics, climate change and social movements

IDD Guest seminar podcast: The Green State in Africa: Environmental politics, climate change and social movements
Description
Speaker: Carl Death, University of Manchester.
Date:
Thursday 20th November 2014

Podcast: Russia and the West since 1991: a tale of growing distrust

Podcast: Russia and the West since 1991: a tale of growing distrust
Description
The high level of trust that had been constructed between western and Soviet leaders in the late 1980s and early 1990s was not sustained when western leaders had to face an independent Russia, even though the new Russia began with every intention of transforming itself into a full participating member of the international institutions set up after 1945 to keep the peace. However, Russians – not just their government – had come to view international institutions with profound distrust as having deceived them in both the economic and diplomatic spheres.
Date:
Thursday 20th November 2014

Podcast: Corporate Social Responsibility in Developing Countries Lecture

Podcast: Corporate Social Responsibility in Developing Countries Lecture
Description
Speaker: Ms. Donna Guest, Senior Advisor on Southeast Asia at Institute for Human Rights and Business
Date:
Friday 7th November 2014

Podcast: Hobbes's Dilemma and the Liberal Quest for World Order

Podcast: Hobbes's Dilemma and the Liberal Quest for World Order
Description
A joint POLSIS/ICCS distinguished lecture given by one of the world's leading experts on international relations. Chair: Dr Tim Haughton (POLSIS/CREES), Speaker: Robert O. Keohane (Princeton University), Discussant: Professor Nicholas Wheeler (ICCS, University of Birmingham).
Date:
Thursday 30th October 2014

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Researching change and continuity in rural Ethiopia: 20 villages over 20 years – the WIDE research project

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Researching change and continuity in rural Ethiopia: 20 villages over 20 years – the WIDE research project
Description
Speaker: Catherine Dom, Mokoro Ltd, WIDE Research Team.
Date:
Tuesday 28th October 2014

Podcast: "The Responsibility to Protect" and the Unreasonable Veto

Podcast: "The Responsibility to Protect" and the Unreasonable Veto
Description
The roots of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) are to be found in the international community's attempts to navigate a route through UN Security Council (UNSC) inaction in the face of mass human rights atrocities. The likelihood of such inaction is exacerbated by the ability of UNSC Permanent members to veto actions which they oppose, but given the level of human suffering which characterises such crises, should this right of veto, unfettered by the UN Charter, be subject to some degree of constraint? Issues relating to this question are considered in 'The Responsibility to Protect and the "Unreasonable" Veto'.
Date:
Tuesday 14th October 2014

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Hearing Local Voices in Peacebuilding

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Hearing Local Voices in Peacebuilding
Description
Speaker: Dr David Roberts, Loughborough University.
Date:
Friday 10th October 2014

Podcast: The Security Impact of Drone Warfare

Podcast: The Security Impact of Drone Warfare
Description
From counter-terrorism operations in Afghanistan, to Amazon delivery services, the use (and ownership) of drone technology has major implications for domestic and international security. But what are the legal and ethical implications of this technology, and can drones ever be fully autonomous? Join leading experts for a topical and timely debate on the civilian and military use of drones.
Date:
Thursday 11th September 2014

Podcast: ASPA Roundtable on US Political Science

Podcast: ASPA Roundtable on US Political Science
Description
Roundtable with Professor Steven R. Smith, the American Political Science Association (APSA) Executive Director and a leading scholar on the non-profit sector, 29 July 2014, Chaired by Professor Chris Skelcher, INLOGOV, University of Birmingham.
Date:
Friday 1st August 2014

IGS podcast: Ethics and the Holocaust

IGS podcast: Ethics and the Holocaust
Description
Speakers: Professor Marc Silberman, University of Wisconsin - Madison "The Ethics of Teaching Holocaust Violence". Justin Court, University of Wisconsin – Madison "The Ethics of Viewing Holocaust Violence".
Date:
Wednesday 23rd July 2014

IGS podcast: From Wars of Liberation to Star Wars: Friedrich Schiller's Pop Culture Legacy

IGS podcast: From Wars of Liberation to Star Wars: Friedrich Schiller's Pop Culture Legacy
Description
Speaker: Professor Jeffrey L. High (California State University Long Beach), "From Wars of Liberation to Star Wars: Friedrich Schiller's Pop Culture Legacy"
Date:
Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Podcast: Challenges to emerging and established powers: Brazil and the United Kingdom in the contemporary global order

Podcast: Challenges to emerging and established powers: Brazil and the United Kingdom in the contemporary global order
Description
This workshop organised by Dr Marco Vieira and Dr Jonathan Grix (30-31 May 2014) and hosted by the University of Birmingham aimed to critically examine the prospects of either cooperation or competition between Brazil and the United Kingdom in several dimensions of contemporary global order.
Date:
Friday 20th June 2014

Podcast: The terrible, horrible, no good, very bad European elections edition

Podcast: The terrible, horrible, no good, very bad European elections edition
Description
The Politics @ Birmingham Podcast: Episode 04. This episode, we talk about the European elections of 22-25 May, which saw record highs for Eurosceptic and populist parties in several countries, including UKIP in the United Kingdom and the National Front in France. We discuss the reasons for this result, the extent to which it represents a Europe-wide backlash against Brussels, and its consequences for European politics.
Date:
Friday 6th June 2014

ICCS seminar series podcast: Chemically Massacring Civilians

ICCS seminar series podcast: Chemically Massacring Civilians
Description
Speaker: Paul Schulte. This talk examines and assesses the effectiveness of emerging international responses to chemical attacks during the Syrian Civil War. It considers historical context, attitudes towards WMD possession and use, and recurrent structural aspects of Great Power interest, affecting the choices and legitimate knowledge available to international organisations.
Date:
Monday 14th April 2014

ICCS seminar series podcast: Peace Negotiations and Peacebuilding in the Middle East

ICCS seminar series podcast: Peace Negotiations and Peacebuilding in the Middle East
Description
Peace Negotiations and Peacebuilding in the Middle East: The Role of Religion and Culture in Processes of Reconciliation. Guest Speaker: Professor Kamel Abu Jaber (Director, Jordan Institute for Middle East Studies). Chair: Professor Nicholas Wheeler, Discussants: Professor Stefan Wolff, Dr Josef Boehle, Dr Christalla Yakinthou, Dr Asaf Siniver.
Date:
Monday 14th April 2014

IGS podcast: British society, Georgian Monarchy and the Anniversaries of the 'German Connection' (1814 – 2014)

IGS podcast: British society, Georgian Monarchy and the Anniversaries of the 'German Connection' (1814 – 2014)
Description
Speaker: Dr Torsten Riotte (Goethe-Universitat, Frankfurt-am-Main). Not a Dynastic Centenary: British society, Georgian Monarchy and the Anniversaries of the 'German Connection' (1814 – 2014).
Date:
Monday 14th April 2014

IGS podcast: "Anglifizierung" und "Globalisierung"

IGS podcast: "Anglifizierung" und "Globalisierung"
Description
Speaker: Dr Falco Pfalzgraf (QMUL). '"Anglifizierung" und "Globalisierung": Aktuelle Diskurse zu Entlehnungen und moderner Sprachpurismus'.
Date:
Monday 14th April 2014

IDD PGR podcast: The Ownership of Official Development Assistance in Jamaica 2005-2013

IDD PGR podcast: The Ownership of Official Development Assistance in Jamaica 2005-2013
Description
Speaker: Vaughn Graham (PhD researcher, University of Birmingham). The Ownership of Official Development Assistance in the Security and Justice Sector in Jamaica 2005-2013: How the Nature of Sectoral Policymaking Reflects and Challenges International Aid Policy.
Date:
Monday 14th April 2014

IGS podcast: Imagining Violence in Women in 1970's West Germany

IGS podcast: Imagining Violence in Women in 1970's West Germany
Description
Speaker: Dr Claire Bielby (University of Hull) presented a lecture on 'Imagining Violence in Women in 1970's West Germany'.
Date:
Monday 14th April 2014

POLSIS seminar series podcast: Britain and the EU: Towards Brexit?

POLSIS seminar series podcast: Britain and the EU: Towards Brexit?
Description
The Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) Departmental Seminar. Speakers: Tim Bale (Queen Mary), Isabelle Hertner, Tim Haughton (POLSIS) and Nathaniel Copsey (Aston University).
Date:
Wednesday 2nd April 2014

IDD Guest seminar podcast: The Power In-Between: Youth's Subaltern Agency and the Post-Conflict Everyday

IDD Guest seminar podcast: The Power In-Between: Youth's Subaltern Agency and the Post-Conflict Everyday
Description
Speaker: Dr Sukaynya Podder, Department of Management and Security, Cranfield University.
Date:
Thursday 13th March 2014

IRiS Podcast: Conviviality, Encounter, Diversity, Migration: But Where Did Race Go?

IRiS Podcast: Conviviality, Encounter, Diversity, Migration: But Where Did Race Go?
Description
Speaker: Sarah Neal, University of Surrey. Migration, Citizenship and Diversity: Questioning the Boundaries Seminar Series.
Date:
Friday 7th March 2014

IDD Guest seminar podcast: The Risks of African Military Capacity Building: Lessons From Rwanda

IDD Guest seminar podcast: The Risks of African Military Capacity Building: Lessons From Rwanda
Description
Speaker: Dr Danielle Beswick (IDD, University of Birmingham).
Date:
Friday 7th March 2014

IDD PGR podcast: Cultural Trauma, Youth and Class: Reflections on Fieldwork with Tibetan Refugee Youth

IDD PGR podcast: Cultural Trauma, Youth and Class: Reflections on Fieldwork with Tibetan Refugee Youth
Description
Speaker: James Connell, PhD researcher, International Development Department, University of Birmingham
Date:
Thursday 27th February 2014

ICCS seminar series podcast: Strategy a History

ICCS seminar series podcast: Strategy a History
Description
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.
Date:
Wednesday 26th February 2014

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

Podcast: Foucault, Sexuality, and Sustainable Development by Dr Emma Foster
Description
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.
Date:
Tuesday 25th February 2014

IGS podcast: "Wir sind das Volk": 1989 and East German Memorials.

IGS podcast: "Wir sind das Volk": 1989 and East German Memorials.
Description
Anna Saunders (University of Bangor), '"Wir sind das Volk": The Dominance of 1989 in Memorialising the GDR'. Seminar co-hosted with the Department of Modern Languages (German Studies).
Date:
Thursday 13th February 2014

IRiS Podcast: Struggles against subjection: the consequences of the criminalization of migration on migrants' everyday lives

IRiS Podcast: Struggles against subjection: the consequences of the criminalization of migration on migrants' everyday lives
Description
Speaker: Dr Agnieszka Kubal (University of Oxford). Migration, Citizenship and Diversity: Questioning the Boundaries Seminar Series.
Date:
Thursday 13th February 2014

CREES Podcast: Bribes that are Gifts? Theorising Informality from the ground up in Russia

CREES Podcast: Bribes that are Gifts? Theorising Informality from the ground up in Russia
Description
Speaker: Jeremy Morris (Centre for Modern Lanuages). Joint seminar by the Centre for Russian and East European Studies (CREES) and the Centre for Modern Lanuages.
Date:
Thursday 13th February 2014

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Development Strategies and Theories - A Perspective from Tanzania

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Development Strategies and Theories - A Perspective from Tanzania
Description
Speaker: Dr Andrew Coulson, Institute of Local Government Studies, University of Birmingham.
Date:
Wednesday 12th February 2014

POLSIS seminar series podcast: Deliberative leadership

POLSIS seminar series podcast: Deliberative leadership
Description
The Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) Departmental Seminar. Speaker: John Parkinson (Warwick) Discussant: Andrew Knops.
Date:
Thursday 6th February 2014

CREES Podcast: Red Nations: the Nationalities Experience in and after the USSR

CREES Podcast: Red Nations: the Nationalities Experience in and after the USSR
Description
This event was a book launch of a monograph written by former CREES member of staff Jeremy Smith. His account of the role of nationality policy and nationalities in the USSR and its successor states in his new book discussed by Arfon Rees and Galina Yemelianova.
Date:
Friday 31st January 2014

POLSIS seminar series podcast: In a Cross-Fire of Integration: Russia, Europe and Political Crisis in Ukraine

POLSIS seminar series podcast: In a Cross-Fire of Integration: Russia, Europe and Political Crisis in Ukraine
Description
The Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) Departmental Seminar. Speakers: Sarah Whitmore (Oxford Brookes), Rilka Dragneva-Lewers (Birmingham Law School), Kataryna Wolczuk (CREES/POLSIS).
Date:
Thursday 30th January 2014

IDD Guest seminar podcast: The Spread of the Birmingham Mafia: The Development of In-Country Programmes

IDD Guest seminar podcast: The Spread of the Birmingham Mafia: The Development of In-Country Programmes
Description
Speaker: Professor Ken Davey OBE, Emeritus Professor, International Development Department, University of Birmingham.
Date:
Monday 27th January 2014

IRiS Podcast: Beyond Reason: The Philosophy and Politics of Immigration

IRiS Podcast: Beyond Reason: The Philosophy and Politics of Immigration
Description
Speaker: Philip Cole, University of the West of England. Migration, Citizenship and Diversity: Questioning the Boundaries Seminar Series.
Date:
Tuesday 21st January 2014

2013

Podcast: Making Politics Practical II: Development Politics and the Changing Aid Environment

Podcast: Making Politics Practical II: Development Politics and the Changing Aid Environment
Description
This workshop - which was held at the University of Birmingham and co-hosted between IDD and the PSA Development Politics Group - thus takes the 2007 event forward and explores the '(re)politicisation' of development studies and the need for constructive, rather than merely critical, engagement with policy makers.
Date:
Wednesday 18th December 2013

POLSIS seminar series podcast: Living in Interesting Times: Russian Politics and Economics in Putin's Third Term

POLSIS seminar series podcast: Living in Interesting Times: Russian Politics and Economics in Putin's Third Term
Description
CREES 50th Anniversary Seminar Series. Speakers: Joshua Tucker (New York University), Julian Cooper (CREES/POLSIS) and David White (CREES/POLSIS).
Date:
Tuesday 10th December 2013

ICCS seminar series podcast: Security Cosmopolitanism: Case, Critiques, and Future

ICCS seminar series podcast: Security Cosmopolitanism: Case, Critiques, and Future
Description
Speakers: Dr Anthony Burke, Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Cooperation, Conflict and Security, and Reader in Political and International Studies at the University of New South Wales, Canberra, Australia.
Date:
Tuesday 3rd December 2013

ICCS seminar series podcast: US medical assistance and smart power strategies in Iraq and Afghanistan

ICCS seminar series podcast: US medical assistance and smart power strategies in Iraq and Afghanistan
Description
'Health for Health's Sake, Winning for God's Sake: US medical assistance and smart power strategies in Iraq and Afghanistan'. Speaker: Simon Rushton is a Faculty Research Fellow in Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield.
Date:
Friday 29th November 2013

IDD Guest seminar podcast: The Development of Development: A Personal View

IDD Guest seminar podcast: The Development of Development: A Personal View
Description
Speaker: Professor Richard Batley, International Development Department, University of Birmingham. The International Development Department hosts a number of seminars throughout the autumn term which focuses on a number of different topics. The seminars are open to everyone.
Date:
Friday 29th November 2013

POLSIS seminar series podcast: The Eurocrisis and Democratic Legitimacy

POLSIS seminar series podcast: The Eurocrisis and Democratic Legitimacy
Description
The Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) Departmental Seminar. Speakers: Huw Macartney (POLSIS), David Bailey (POLSIS) and Greig Charnock (Manchester).
Date:
Thursday 21st November 2013

POLSIS seminar series podcast: Tolstoy's Question: The Ecological Preconditions of Global Justice

POLSIS seminar series podcast: Tolstoy's Question: The Ecological Preconditions of Global Justice
Description
The Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) Departmental Seminar. Speaker: Simon Caney (Oxford University); Discussant: Luis Cabrera (POLSIS) co-sponsored by Global Ethics.
Date:
Thursday 14th November 2013

ICCS seminar series podcast: Empathy Dynamics in Conflict Transformation

ICCS seminar series podcast: Empathy Dynamics in Conflict Transformation
Description
Speakers: Professor Lynne Cameron (Open University) and Simon Weatherbed (Responding to Conflict). The talk reported on a case study of empathy in conflict transformation and peace building initiatives in northern Kenya, implemented as part of the Conflict Sensitivity Consortium and Diocese of Maralal Integrated Peace and Livelihood project (funded by CAFOD).
Date:
Thursday 7th November 2013

POLSIS seminar series podcast: Brazil in the global nuclear order

POLSIS seminar series podcast: Brazil in the global nuclear order
Description
A discussion on Brazil and nuclear weapons within a wider discussion of nuclear cooperation and trust building. Speaker: Matias Spektor (King's College London); Discussant: Nick Wheeler (POLSIS); Chair: Marco Vieira (POLSIS).
Date:
Thursday 31st October 2013

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Revisiting the Inequality and Conflict Nexus

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Revisiting the Inequality and Conflict Nexus
Description
Speaker: Professor Mansoob Murshed, International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University of Rotterdam and Coventry University. The International Development Department hosts a number of seminars throughout the autumn term which focuses on a number of different topics. The seminars are open to everyone.
Date:
Friday 25th October 2013

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Addressing Tough Challenges in State-building One Step at a Time

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Addressing Tough Challenges in State-building One Step at a Time
Description
Speaker: Anne-Marie Brinkman, Independent Consultant, former advisor to UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Nairobi. The International Development Department hosts a number of seminars throughout the autumn term which focuses on a number of different topics. The seminars are open to everyone.
Date:
Friday 18th October 2013

Podcast: The EDL, Tommy Robinson and the British Far Right

Podcast: The EDL, Tommy Robinson and the British Far Right
Description
The Politics @ Birmingham Podcast: Episode 03. On this week's podcast we talk about the shock resignation of Tommy Robinson as leader of anti-Islam protest group the English Defence League, and whether he or the movement now have a political future. We also discuss the fortunes and prospects of the British far right more generally, as well as those who seek to thwart it.
Date:
Tuesday 15th October 2013

Podcast: The German election edition: Merkel wins big – why, and what now?

Podcast: The German election edition: Merkel wins big – why, and what now?
Description
The Politics @ Birmingham Podcast: Episode 02. On this week's podcast we talk about the results of Germany's national election, which took place on Sunday Sep 22. Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats emerged victorious with an increased share of the vote, but she still needs partners to form a governing coalition after her Free Democrat partners fell below the 5% threshold required for representation. We discuss the reasons for Merkel's victory, the state of politics in Germany, and the consequences of the result for the rest of Europe.
Date:
Thursday 26th September 2013

Podcast: Syria on the precipice, Obama in crisis, Britain in search of a role (again)

Podcast: Syria on the precipice, Obama in crisis, Britain in search of a role (again)
Description
The Politics @ Birmingham Podcast: Episode 01. On this week's podcast we talk about Barack Obama's erratic handling of the Syria crisis, the legal and political questions surrounding international intervention in the civil war there, and the consequences for Britain's world role of parliament's vote against participation in any military strikes.
Date:
Monday 16th September 2013

Podcast: Putin and the Russian Economy

Podcast: Putin and the Russian Economy
Description
This event brought together two of the world's most respected specialists on the Russian economy to discuss the most important issues relating to economic policy and performance in Russia today.
Date:
Thursday 30th May 2013

NGO Seminar Series podcast: What's Hot and What's Not: what's changed in development thinking in the last five years?

Description
Dr. Duncan Green, Director of Research, Oxfam and author of 'From Poverty to Power' gave a talk on 'What's Hot and What's Not: what's changed in development thinking in the last five years?' at the NGO Seminar Series, Spring term 2013.
Date:
Friday 8th March 2013

2012

Somalia workshop podcast: 'Kenya's Somalia invasion: local indications, regional implications'

Description
This podcast was part of the workshop on Somalia: Negotiating the balance between 'African Solutions' and international responses. This presentation by Professor David Anderson (Oxford University) explored the reasons for Kenya's decision to intervene militarily in Somalia in January 2012 and subsequently to join AMISOM.
Date:
Tuesday 4th September 2012

Somalia workshop podcast: 'AMISOM's Challenges: A Hybrid Solution to an International Problem?'

Description
This podcast was part of the workshop on Somalia: Negotiating the balance between 'African Solutions' and international responses. This presentation by Professor Paul Williams (George Washington University) focused on how actors outside the continent have responded to crises in Somalia and particularly their support for AMISOM, outlining the challenges to AMISOM which remain for the most part unresolved.
Date:
Tuesday 4th September 2012

Somalia workshop podcast: 'Reflections on "African Solutions" in Somalia and beyond'

Description
This podcast was part of the workshop on Somalia: Negotiating the balance between 'African Solutions' and international responses. This presentation by Dr Knox Chitiyo (Chatham House) reflected on African involvement in responding to crises in four case studies.
Date:
Thursday 30th August 2012

Somalia workshop podcast: 'Uganda in Somalia: Five years on, still the same story?'

Description
This podcast was part of the workshop on Somalia: Negotiating the balance between 'African Solutions' and international responses. This presentation by Jonathan Fisher (Research Fellow, IDD, University of Birmingham) linked to a previously published paper by Jonathan in African Affairs (July 2012) which explored the reasons for Uganda's 2007 intervention in Somalia as part of AMISOM.
Date:
Thursday 30th August 2012

Podcast: World Trade: What Comes After Doha?

Description
Professor Donna Lee recently spoke on "World Trade: What Comes After Doha?" in a podcast for the International Relations and Security Network (ISN).
Date:
Wednesday 1st February 2012