Trust, Cooperation and the Global Nuclear Future

On Tuesday 4th September, the University of Birmingham hosted the Third Annual Symposium on “The Challenges to Trust Building in Nuclear Worlds” entitled “Trust, Cooperation and the Global Nuclear Future”. Building on the success of previous years, the symposium aims once again to bring together early career researchers, established academics and practitioners working in the … Continue reading “Trust, Cooperation and the Global Nuclear Future”

Sport Under Communism – Dr Jonathan Grix discusses his new book

POLSIS’s Dr Jonathan Grix appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed this week to discuss his new book Sport under Communism: Behind the East German ‘Miracle’, co-authored by Mike Dennis from the University of Wolverhampton. Jonathan discussed the factors that helped propel East Germany into the top-three in the Olympic medals table for over two … Continue reading “Sport Under Communism – Dr Jonathan Grix discusses his new book”

Dr Jonathan Grix on the Olympics

The Olympic Games are now less than two weeks away.  In this podcast for the University of Birmingham’s Ideas Lab, POLSIS’s Dr Jonathan Grix discusses the Olympic ‘legacy’, the impact of the Games outside the capital, and parallels with the 1948 Austerity Olympics, which were also held in London.  [soundcloud url=”″ params=”show_comments=true&auto_play=false&color=ff7700″ width=”100%” height=”81″ iframe=”false” /]

Staff 3-2 Students: Match Report!

On the 6th of June 2012, the teaching staff of POLSIS took on a select band of undergraduates in the annual football game. The POLSIS Blog dispatched football correspond Angus Nore-Hoghorris (who is totally impartial and has absolutely no conflict of interest with the staff team) for this once-a-year encounter. It was Friedrich Nietzsche who … Continue reading “Staff 3-2 Students: Match Report!”

Iran’s nuclear programme – videos uploaded

On April 25th, the University of Birmingham’s new Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security held an event to assess the options for cooperation and conflict surrounding the Iranian nuclear programme. Please note that this footage is of the speakers’ prepared remarks only. The Q&A in each session was held under the Chatham House Rule. Details … Continue reading “Iran’s nuclear programme – videos uploaded”

Dr David Toke discusses nuclear power on the BBC

With the government today releasing its Draft Energy Bill, POLSIS Senior Lecturer Dr David Toke was this morning ‘across the BBC’ (OK not quite, but he did appear on both Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live). David discussed his view that the government’s proposals for a new generation of nuclear power stations is unlikely to … Continue reading “Dr David Toke discusses nuclear power on the BBC”

The Roller Coaster Ride to the White House

Earlier this year, Dr Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto, a Fellow at the Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, came to POLSIS to discuss some of the dynamics surrounding this year’s presidential election in the United States. Here is an excerpt of what … Continue reading “The Roller Coaster Ride to the White House”

Former US senators’ lecture to POLSIS graduate students

Towards the end of last year, two former US congressmen, David Skaggs and George Nethercutt came to the University of Birmingham to give a lecture entitled: ‘Atlantic versus Pacific Focus in US Foreign Policy’. Here David Skaggs speaks about the American public’s reluctance to engage with foreign policy. According to Skaggs, with the fall of … Continue reading “Former US senators’ lecture to POLSIS graduate students”

Development Campaigning in the UK: Prospects for Africa

On Wednesday 21st March, Professor Graham Harrison visited POLSIS to discuss his research on development campaigning in the UK. Professor Harrison’s talk focused on representations of Africa in UK-based charities’ funding campaigns, the reasons why he considers’ such representations to be problematic, and why charities find it difficult to frame their campaigns in different ways. … Continue reading “Development Campaigning in the UK: Prospects for Africa”