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Student profile: Bryony Pike, International Model NATO Conference 2018

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Model NATO 2018 was one of the most valuable experiences of my life. As a mature student doing a masters in International Development, doing something so politically focused was out of my comfort zone.
Date:
Tuesday 18th September 2018

Dr Rita Floyd wins new grant from the Independent and Social Research Foundation

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We are pleased to announce that Dr Rita Floyd, Birmingham Fellow in Conflict and Security at POLSIS, has recently won a prestigious mid-career fellowship from the Independent and Social Research Foundation for her project Emergency politics: security, threats and the duties of states.
Date:
Wednesday 12th September 2018

Large Grant Awarded to POLSIS

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Dr Daniele Albertazzi (POLSIS) will act as principal investigator for an ESRC-funded project on 'The survival of the mass party: Evaluating activism and participation among populist radical right parties in Europe'.
Date:
Friday 17th August 2018

Student satisfaction rates increase for Politics in 2018 NSS results

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We are thrilled that our undergraduate Politics course has seen success in the 2018 National Student Survey, rising from 85% last year to an impressive 91% satisfaction rate.
Date:
Tuesday 31st July 2018

Trumpian Diplomacy and UK-US Relations

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Professor David Dunn in Social Sciences Birmingham: Not all US Presidential visits to the UK are alike, and on this occasion great pains were taken to keep the visitor busy, on the move, out of London, and entertained with grand palaces in Windsor and Blenheim performing bands and marching soldiers.
Date:
Monday 23rd July 2018

Russia's World Cup was a success – now normal service resumes

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Written by David White for The Conversation. In Russia, the success of the much-derided national team was an unexpected treat for the host nation.
Date:
Tuesday 17th July 2018

How authoritarian regimes use migration to exert 'soft power' in foreign policy

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Dr Gerasimos Tsourapas in The Washington Post: From Latin America to the Middle East, authoritarian regimes have been using migration as a noncoercive foreign policy tool.
Date:
Friday 6th July 2018

POLSIS Political Economy and European Studies Research Groups Workshop 2018, 21-22 June

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The POLSIS Political Economy Research Group and European Studies Research Group co-hosted a 'work-in-progress' workshop on 21-22 June.
Date:
Tuesday 3rd July 2018

OSCE and University of Birmingham hold expert workshop on economic diplomacy and connectivity

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Prof Stefan Wolff leads ICCS participation in a workshop discussing the opportunities and modern challenges in promoting economic connectivity, held in Vienna on 25th June.
Date:
Friday 29th June 2018

Self-Determination and Secession across Europe and Eurasia

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CREES/POLSIS hosted a joint event on this highly debated topic with external and internal speakers joining the panel.
Date:
Friday 29th June 2018

Donald Trump hasn't changed America's grand global strategy – and he won't

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Professor Patrick Porter in The Conversation: Proper scrutiny of US foreign policy suggests that US grand strategy quietly persists.
Date:
Thursday 28th June 2018

CREES Annual Conference at Cumberland Lodge

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CREES staff say farewell to the Cumberland Lodge which had been the venue for the Centre's annual conferences for years.
Date:
Thursday 28th June 2018

POLSIS Interns Visit London Fintech Firms

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A group of 4 student interns from POLSIS visited several London fintech (financial technology) firms on Monday 18th June as part of a research project on the changing shape of the British banking sector.
Date:
Wednesday 27th June 2018

PRIO Cyprus workshop

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Researchers from the UoB organised a series of events on Lessons from and For the Cyprus Confict.
Date:
Monday 25th June 2018

POLSIS represented at the British International Studies Association's Plenary Session

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POLSIS member, Dr Nicola Smith, presented at the British International Studies Association's Plenary Roundtable to celebrate 30 Years of Feminist International Relations at the University of Bath on 14 June 2018
Date:
Wednesday 20th June 2018

Tommy Robinson 'the martyr' – how the far right builds its victim narrative

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Dr Alex Oaten in The Conversation: Robinson was sentenced to 13 months in prison for live streaming outside a court where a rape trial was taking place. The high-profile campaign that has sprung up to call for his release is part of a well established, and highly effective, narrative of right-wing politics, which depicts people like Robinson as victims of a repressive state.
Date:
Tuesday 19th June 2018

Research Poster Conference winners

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A "Research Poster Conference" was held at the University of Birmingham on 13 June 2018, showcasing a variety of postgraduate research projects from across the institution.
Date:
Tuesday 19th June 2018

Rethinking Liberalisation under Sadat: Protest, Policing, and Regime Survival in 1970s Egypt

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Gerasimos Tsourapas is organising, together with Reem Abou-El-Fadl (SOAS) and Michael Farquhar (King's College London) a closed workshop on "Rethinking Liberalisation under Sadat: Protest, Policing, and Regime Survival in 1970s Egypt".
Date:
Tuesday 19th June 2018

Victory for the Staff in the Annual Staff vs Students Football Game

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For the first time in many years the staff beat the students in the annual footballing clash of the titans.
Date:
Thursday 14th June 2018

Slovenia voted on Sunday. Is an anti-immigrant government on the way?

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Dr Tim Haughton in The Washington Post: The 2018 elections were not as decisive as some European politicians were quick to claim.
Date:
Tuesday 5th June 2018
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