The School of Government and Society at the University of Birmingham is committed to the delivery of world-class research in political science and international studies. Established in 2008, the School comprises three Departments: Politics and International Studies (POLSIS); International Development (IDD) and Local Government Studies (INLOGOV).
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Italy will hold its next general election no later than spring 2018, with Beppe Grillo's Five Star Movement (M5S) currently ahead in most of the recent polling. Daniele Albertazzi argues that despite intense media speculation about what a victory for the M5S could mean for Italy and its participation in the euro, the picture is far from clear and could be altered substantially by current negotiations over the country's electoral law.
Written by Dr Gerasimos Tsourapas, Lecturer in Middle East Politics. In the most brutal attack against the Egyptian Coptic Christian minority in recent memory, ISIS bombed two churches on 9 April. At least 47 Egyptians were killed in Alexandria and Tanta, a small town in the Nile Delta. ISIS claimed responsibility for planting an explosive device under a seat at Tanta's Saint George's Church and for the suicide bombing at Alexandria's Saint Marks' Coptic Orthodox Cathedral – a few hours later. What does this mean for ISIS, the post-2011 Egypt, and its Coptic community, the largest Christian minority in the Middle East?
Written by Nicolas Lemay-Hébert, Senior Lecturer, International Development Department and Rosa Freedman, Professor of Law, Conflict and Global Development, University of Reading. By not acknowledging what Haitians themselves think they need, the UN is failing to sort out one of its worst ever blunders.
Written by Kevork Oskanian, Teaching Fellow, University of Birmingham. The future of the relationship between the US and Russia depends on whether the Kremlin can find a way to interpret Trump's motives.
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This session explored the issues of epistemology, focusing particularly on how different social and cultural frameworks affect how conflict knowledge is collected and interpreted.
A joint seminar organised by POLSIS and the Department of Economics invited an expert panel to debate the economic consequences of recent political upheaval in Europe and the USA.
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