The Birmingham brief - intelligent thought on policy issues In 'News and media' News and mediaDepartmental newsThe Birmingham briefBirmingham PerspectiveThe ConversationOur latest blogs Back to 'School of Government' The School of Government and Societies contribution to The Birmingham brief include: Latest briefs: NATO at 70: Don't retire the alliance yet DescriptionApril 4th marks 70 years since the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty, the text which created NATO. That anniversary, however, is hardly grabbing the headlines.Date:Wednesday 3rd April 2019 Mass killings and a humanitarian crisis: an introduction to Syria's East Ghouta DescriptionWritten by Professor Scott Lucas, Professor of International Relations and US Politics. Another bloody chapter in Syria's seven-year conflict is being written. With bombs, missiles and shells, pro-Assad forces are carrying out mass killings of civilians in East Ghouta, near the Syrian capital Damascus, amid a tightening five-year siege in which scores of people have died from lack of food or medical treatment in recent months.Date:Thursday 1st March 2018 Lunchtime is a long time in politics: Brexit Stage 2 or not DescriptionProfessor of Political Science, Colin Thain discusses the latest news on the government's move towards Stage 2 Brexit negotiations.Date:Friday 8th December 2017 2017 Lunchtime is a long time in politics: Brexit Stage 2 or not DescriptionProfessor of Political Science, Colin Thain discusses the latest news on the government's move towards Stage 2 Brexit negotiations.Date:Friday 8th December 2017 The impacts of war on corruption: new evidence from Nepal DescriptionDoctoral Researcher, Tom Jarvis discusses the impacts of corruption in War.Date:Thursday 7th September 2017 Unprecedented: how the WannaCry cyber-attack brought thousands to a standstill DescriptionWritten by Conor McKenna, Doctoral Researcher in Cyberwarfare. WannaCry is ransomware on a level that has never been seen before. Predictions of its arrival have been long standing, but the rapid spread of infections caused frustration, anger and fear among the general public when it hit our computers last week. While in the UK the NHS was one of the organisations worst hit by the malware; over 200,000 victims have been logged across the globe.Date:Thursday 18th May 2017 Why the West Midlands is an electoral barometer for the country as a whole DescriptionWritten by Professor David Cutts, Professor of Political Science. Theresa May's visit to Wolverhampton last Saturday spoke volumes about the Conservatives emerging electoral strategy. Following their high-profile Mayoral win in the West Midlands and a strong local election performance across the rest of the country, the question is increasingly not whether May remains Prime Minister, but just how big a majority over Labour the Conservatives will get.Date:Thursday 11th May 2017 Egypt faces rough times ahead: four points on the recent ISIS attacks DescriptionWritten by Dr Gerasimos Tsourapas, Lecturer in Middle East Politics. In the most brutal attack against the Egyptian Coptic Christian minority in recent memory, ISIS bombed two churches on 9 April. At least 47 Egyptians were killed in Alexandria and Tanta, a small town in the Nile Delta. ISIS claimed responsibility for planting an explosive device under a seat at Tanta's Saint George's Church and for the suicide bombing at Alexandria's Saint Marks' Coptic Orthodox Cathedral – a few hours later. What does this mean for ISIS, the post-2011 Egypt, and its Coptic community, the largest Christian minority in the Middle East?Date:Friday 21st April 2017 Trump and Putin: How Special a Relationship? DescriptionWritten by Dr David White, Lecturer in Political Science. Time magazine's decision to make Donald Trump its 'Person of the Year' may have seemed like the ultimate no brainer in a year when we got rather used to expecting the unexpected. However, did the illustrious journal get it wrong? Instead could a case have been made for awarding this annual badge of prestige to Trump's counterpart in Moscow?Date:Friday 27th January 2017 The imminent partition of Syria DescriptionWritten by Professor Scott Lucas. After nearly six years of uprising, conflict and chaos, the partition of Syria is imminent. President Bashar al-Assad will of course rail against it; his crucial ally Iran will probably resist too, and the marginalised US won't even acknowledge the prospect. But the lines are nonetheless being drawn.Date:Thursday 26th January 2017 2016 There are no results that match your criteria. 2015 There are no results that match your criteria. 2014 There are no results that match your criteria. 2013 There are no results that match your criteria. 2012 There are no results that match your criteria. 2011 There are no results that match your criteria. 2010 There are no results that match your criteria.