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In this exciting new video series, our researchers address some of the big issues which impact on society over a cup of coffee. In the first episode, Professor Scott Lucas and PhD student Amelia Morris decide if, all things considered, the world really is such a bad place.

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Posted 21 November 2018

Do international observers go easy on African elections?

International election observers aim to detect and deter electoral fraud — and build public confidence in the election process. This makes credibility a valuable commodity and explains why international observers take pains to present themselves as objective and impartial actors.

Posted 19 November 2018

IAS Workshop on Civil Wars and Political Violence

On 16-17 November 2018, Dr Giuditta Fontana and Prof Stefan Wolff organised an IAS workshop on Methodological Advances in the Study of Civil War and Political Violence, gathering 20 international participants from Germany, Canada, Hungary and the UK.

Posted 12 November 2018

IDD 10 year reunion: September 2018

In September, a group of 16 former IDD students gathered at the University of Birmingham for a 10 year anniversary weekend. For most people, it was the first time they'd seen each other since graduating in the summer of 2008.

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