Alastair Campbell will be joining us on November 20th to deliver the Peter Campbell Memorial Lecture as part of our Political Voices initiative. Tickets are free – and are bound to go quickly. Register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/political-voices-campbell-talks-campbell-tickets-38936076854
Alastair Campbell, author and former director of communications for U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair, poses for a photograph before a Bloomberg Television interview in Hong Kong, China, on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015. A former journalist, Campbell was Blair’s official spokesman and director of communications and strategy from 1994 to 2003. Photographer: Jerome Favre/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Dr Tim Vlandas was invited to give a talk on the Political Economy of far right party support at the 2017 Transatlantic Social Dialogue in New York. The event, which took place on the 15th of September, was hosted by the Worker institute (Cornell University). The audience included American and European academics as well as trade union leaders.
Dr Sarah von Billerbeck attended a specialized workshop on UN peacekeeping operations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, hosted by the Folke Bernadotte Academy (Sweden) https://fba.se/en/, on 7-8 October. The workshop saw a small group of scholars from around the world studying a variety of aspects of peacekeeping and post-conflict reconstruction come together for two days of academic presentations; Prof Rosa Freedman from the School of Law was also present. Some stayed on an extra day for policy-oriented presentations at the headquarters of the African Union.
I’ve recently started working as an English copy editor for the GPIG Portal, International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC). This project work is in cooperation with the World Bank and the FAO. The IPRCC operates under the China Internet Information Centre (CIIC) and the China Development Gateway (CnDG) China.org.cn.
I was invited to contribute to a book the IPRCC is publishing on China’s progress in poverty reduction. My contribution was an article examining China’s poverty reduction efforts in Africa. Other contributors to the book include the World Band, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNICEF, and a range of scholars working in poverty reduction.
I have also published an article through the China Development Gateway on BRICS and South-South cooperation, http://china.org.cn/opinion/2017-09/05/content_41534760.htm
Congratulations to Dr. Mark Shanahan who is the 2017 winner of the APG Richard E Neustadt Book prize for his monograph ‘Eisenhower at the Dawn of the Space Age’ published by Lexington Books. The prize is awarded annually by the American Politics Group of the PSA to the best book in the field of US government and politics (including political history and foreign policy) published in the calendar year 2016, and authored by an academic permanently employed at a UK university. Mark will receive his award at the British Library in November.
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Dr Sarah von Billerbeck has co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding (vol. 11, issue 3, 2017) published by Taylor & Francis Online, entitled ‘Legitimacy in Conflict’ with Birte Julia Gippert. It examines a variety of aspects of legitimacy in situations of conflict and post-conflict peacebuilding, and Sarah also contributed an article entitled ‘UN Peace Operations and Conflicting Legitimacies.
Dr Georgina Holmes’ new article has been published by Taylor & Francis Online 2017, ‘The Commonwealth, Gender and Peacekeeping’, The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, Vol 106 Issue 3, pp. 1-17
Reflecting on the strategic commitment outlined in the Plan of Action for Gender Equality (2005-2015) and the priority issues of the Commonwealth Women’s Forum, this article assesses the extent to which the Commonwealth as an institution is supporting troop and police-contributing member states in addressing the gender imbalance in peacekeeping operations.
I’ve just been scanning the latest headlines on President Trump and a presidency that history may well record as the car crash to end all car crashes. In the past few days he has publicly humiliated his Attorney General, while his Secretary of State is rumoured to be on the verge of quitting. His Press Secretary – and a senior assistant in that team – have quit, to be replaced by a Wall Street financier with no communications experience (but who appears to be straight out of central casting for The Godfather).
Yanos’ paper has now been published in ‘Language Studies Working Papers’ (LSWP) titled ‘Language and Loneliness in Althusserian Thought’. This paper outlines how Althusserian thought accounts for power dynamics within language. It aims to reconcile loneliness and Althusser’s theory of interpellation by exploring ways the subject is formed in the ‘language of the other’.
Dr Adam Humphreys’ new book, The Anarchical Society at 40: Contemporary Challenges and Prospects, has just been published by Oxford University Press.
The book re-examines Hedley Bull’s classic text The Anarchical Society, forty years after it was first published in 1977. The Anarchical Society is considered one of the classic texts in International Relations, although it does not address contemporary political issues such as terrorism, global financial crises, climate change, the impact of the internet revolution, deep-rooted racial inequalities, and violence against women. Dr Humphreys’ new book examines how far The Anarchical Society continues to illuminate world politics and how well Bull’s method and argument stand up today. It argues that although many of Bull’s substantive judgments require updating, his approach remains valuable, not only for thinking about enduring problems of violence and security, but also, as a starting point, for thinking about many issues that Bull himself neglected.