Economic Diplomacy and Connectivity: The Continuing Contribution of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

by guest writer Professor Stefan Wolff Economic connectivity – reducing barriers to economic exchange and promoting economic ties – is often considered as an instrument to reduce confrontation, build confidence, generate synergies, and enhance co-operation between countries. With a view to further exploring both the opportunities and challenges associated with economic connectivity, the Office of … Continue reading “Economic Diplomacy and Connectivity: The Continuing Contribution of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)”

The importance of building bridges when it comes to research on democracy

Guest blog written by Professor Nic Cheeseman and Dr Susan Dodsworth International donors – including the UK – spend more than US$10 billion on democracy support each year. This money is spent on programmes designed to strengthen parliaments, assist political parties, support civil society, and facilitate free and fair elections in countries around the world. … Continue reading “The importance of building bridges when it comes to research on democracy”

Science, Research and Parliament – An academic’s guide to getting involved in Parliament

As a new-ish member of the Research Planning Team at the University of Birmingham and from a background in scientific research I now regularly get asked the question ‘How do I get involved in parliament, and influence government policy? – Not a simple answer.  So to raise our team’s knowledge and to allow us to … Continue reading “Science, Research and Parliament – An academic’s guide to getting involved in Parliament”