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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

Russia's imperial mindset dates back centuries – and it is here to stay

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Dr Kevork Oskanian in The Conversation: Postcolonial scholarship has overwhelmingly focused on the legacy of Western empires – but despite a long history of foreign expansionism and domination, Russia, in its various incarnations, has never received the same amount of critical scrutiny.
Date:
Wednesday 30th May 2018

POLSIS represented at the 5th Critical European Studies Workshop

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Dr David Bailey, recently attended the 5th Critical European Studies Workshop, organised by the Critical Political Economy Research Network and Open Learning Initiative, and which took place at the Central European University in Budapest on 11-12 May 2018.
Date:
Tuesday 22nd May 2018

Master's Studentship at the Institute for German Studies, University of Birmingham

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The Institute for German Studies (IGS) at the University of Birmingham invites applications for a Master's studentship.
Date:
Friday 27th April 2018

Leading Expert on Brexit Visits POLSIS

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Anand Menon, the Director of UK in a Changing Europe, gave a special talk on Brexit to staff and students in POLSIS.
Date:
Tuesday 24th April 2018

Political theatre for staff and students

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Staff and students went to the REP theatre in Birmingham to watch a production of the acclaimed play, This House.
Date:
Tuesday 24th April 2018

Gerasimos Tsourapas Wins British Academy Award

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Dr. Gerasimos Tsourapas, Lecturer in Middle East Politics at POLSIS, has been awarded a competitive 2018 British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award on 'The International Politics of Middle East Migration: Problems, Policy, Practice.'
Date:
Monday 9th April 2018
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