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Posted 13 April 2017

Three fully-funded opportunities for doctoral research with POLSIS staff members

A number of POLSIS staff members have been successful in securing funding for Ph.D. studentships through the University of Birmingham's Global Challenges Fund. Funding will cover full payment of tuition fees, plus an annual maintenance doctoral stipend at £14,553. Interested students are encouraged to reach out to the potential supervisors ahead of the 28 April 2017 deadline.

Posted 13 April 2017

ICCS students join forces with conflict practitioners for annual training programme

In March 2017, the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security hosted its fourth annual training programme on 'Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation' at the University of Birmingham. The programme brought together current students with delegates from around the world, including from the Czech Republic, Nepal and the United States, to learn about the different approaches to conflict resolution in International Relations.

Posted 12 April 2017

Old Joe - Rapid Research: Louis Francis Monroy-Santander

My research focuses on the possibilities of connecting state-building practices with ground reconciliation initiatives in Bosnia-Herzegovina. It critically looks at the spaces for connecting practices of transitional justice with projects for inter-ethnic reconciliation between the three main ethnic groups in the country.

Posted 22 March 2017

The Cyber Threat to the United Kingdom: Reality Check

Written by Gavin E L Hall, Doctoral Researcher. "The corporate level is where the greatest threat exists. Potential perpetrators include nation-states seeking to create instability or economic distress, criminal gangs seeking to gain profit, hacktivists attempting to pursue a specific vendetta and Joe Bloggs citizen because he can."

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Posted 01 March 2017

POLSIS MA Study tour visit Brussels, January 2017

Every year all MA students based within POLSIS have the opportunity to take part in an study trip to Brussels. The group, led by Lorenzo Cladi, Nino Kemoklidze and Chiara Morbi, visited the European Commission, the European Parliament, NATO and the Council of the European Union.

Posted 01 March 2017

POLSIS students visit the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

As exchange students at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, one of our modules; Political Economy of the Middle East; included a "pressure cooker". A pressure cooker is an intense two and a half day assessment, where the class is split into groups and has to develop a 'policy solution' for a 'client'. For our pressure cooker, we had to develop foreign policy advice for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs on a current issue in the Middle East.

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