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Podcast: Acceptance of austerity policies: evidence from a survey experiment

Podcast: Acceptance of austerity policies: evidence from a survey experiment
Description
Using the case of Greece as a country still under heavy austerity measures, we examine how populist framing of austerity by non-austerity parties changes the levels of support for egocentric and sociotropic political issues.
Date:
Friday 23rd February 2018

Call for Papers: Committees in Comparative Perspective

Description
Workshop to be held 23-24 July 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.
Date:
Monday 29th January 2018

Fully-funded PhD studentship available in the ICCS

Description
The University of Birmingham is now inviting applications for a 2018 ESRC Doctoral Studentship to explore the concept of nuclear responsibility in association with our collaborative partner, The British American Security Information Council (BASIC).
Date:
Monday 29th January 2018

Podcast: Problematic Sovereignty on China's Periphery: A case study of Taiwan as a 'Contested State'

Podcast: Problematic Sovereignty on China's Periphery: A case study of Taiwan as a 'Contested State'
Description
Speaker: Dr Ming-chin Monique Chu (Southampton)
Date:
Friday 26th January 2018

Explainer: why no one is winning the war in Syria

Description
Professor of International Politics Scott Lucas in The Conversation: There is no longer one Syria, just a fragmented country locked in a seemingly intractable state of violence.
Date:
Thursday 25th January 2018

Trump is an unfit president – when will his backers run out of uses for him?

Description
Professor of International Politics Scott Lucas in The Conversation: There are just enough people who need Donald Trump to keep his excruciating presidency going.
Date:
Friday 12th January 2018

Podcast: What's the Purpose of International Relations? Views of the Discipline

Description
This event is organised by the International Relations and Security Theory Research Group and the Politics at Birmingham series.
Date:
Thursday 21st December 2017

Sir Francis Richards, former Diplomat and Director of GCHQ speaks to Diplomacy students in POLSIS

Description
Former diplomat and Director of GCHQ Sir Francis Richards, gave an illuminating talk on 'Diplomacy: past and present' to students studying Diplomacy and Statecraft in POLSIS.
Date:
Friday 8th December 2017

Birmingham event explores the meaning of sovereignty

Description
As part of the Being Human Festival, Dr George Kyris led with local groups and University of Birmingham School pupils on sovereignty and what it means to Birmingham, its local communities and landscape. The discussions focused on three historical milestones that can help us make sense of sovereignty: the English reformation, Colonisation and Brexit.
Date:
Wednesday 6th December 2017

Saudi prince's power play is more than just a purge

Description
The widespread crackdown aimed against former economic policymakers and business leaders and the chiefs of the Saudi National Guard and Saudi Royal Navy had the look of a political purge – but it is much bigger than that.
Date:
Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Local MP visits University to talk to Politics Students

Description
As part of student enhancement activities Preet Gill, MP for Birmingham Edgbaston visited POLSIS.
Date:
Tuesday 21st November 2017

What is sovereignty and what does it mean to Birmingham?

Description
Dr George Kyris in the Birmingham Perspective: "This autumn, the world stood in awe watching Kurds and Catalans voting to establish new, sovereign states. As the conflict in Iraq flares up again and as Catalonia poses a new challenge to Spain and Europe, sovereignty strikes back as a popular idea. Yet, what sovereignty really is remains a mystery."
Date:
Friday 17th November 2017

The Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats

Description
How can we develop effective measures to understand, counter, and mitigate today's security threats?
Date:
Thursday 2nd November 2017

Latest POLSIS publications show breadth of research

Description
POLSIS presents an introductory flavour of work they are doing each day to negotiate "crisis".
Date:
Thursday 2nd November 2017

Covering an Election

Description
As the country possibly faced its most significant questions since World War II, POLSIS convened a series of six seminars for engagement with students, staff, and members of the publics on the issues that matter to them.
Date:
Thursday 2nd November 2017

A World in 45 Minutes: Political WorldView

Description
Give Political WorldView 45 minutes and it will give up that world, from debate over Brexit to protests in Venezuela to North Korea's nuclear ambitions to a man named Trump.
Date:
Thursday 2nd November 2017

POLSIS Welcomes New Members of Staff

Description
POLSIS is pleased to welcome new staff to build initiatives ranging from UK electoral studies to European politics to Middle Eastern studies to gender and politics.
Date:
Thursday 2nd November 2017

From the Classroom to the Wider World: Student Enhancement

Description
POLSIS offers students a number of enhancement activities which extend beyond the classroom
Date:
Thursday 2nd November 2017

Seminar on Understanding the Politics of the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Description
On Wednesday, 25 October 2017, POLSIS and the Middle East Politics Research Group hosted a panel discussing the politics of the Syrian refugee crisis.
Date:
Wednesday 1st November 2017

Seminar on the Japanese elections

Description
Julie Gilson (POLSIS) examined the Japanese elections in a special seminar.
Date:
Tuesday 31st October 2017
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