Category Archives: International Relations

Article 50 vote shows Brexit is about politics, not Britain’s future

Helen Parr Senior Lecturer in International Relations The vote in the House of Commons on whether the British government can trigger Article 50 has been revealing. It showed just how much the current Brexit debate is cast not by the … Continue reading

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Political Development Comes To…America?

Dr. Rebecca Richards Lecturer in International Relations This week, I, like much of the rest of the world, have been forced to grapple with a sense of shock as I watch the post-election events shaking America. One the one hand, … Continue reading

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Team Refugees-Their Success is Our Failure

Dr Rebecca Richards – SPIRE Lecturer in International Relations On 5 August, after watching a few hours of typical Olympics opening ceremony, the crowd – and the world – erupted into cheers as the athletes of ‘Team Refugees’ entered the stadium. … Continue reading

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The Brexit Fantasy

Moran Mandelbaum Lecturer in International Relations With the UK voting to leave the EU and uncertainty is spreading, many are now looking back in astonishment trying to understand the success of the Brexit campaign. One interesting aspect that emerged from … Continue reading

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Iraq and Syria Didn’t Create ISIS — We Did

Professor Bülent Gökay Professor of International Relations – SPIRE With the recent capture of Salah Abdeslam, thought to be the only remaining planner of the Paris massacre, the Western media has again focused on the threat of terrorist attack in Western … Continue reading

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Ankara suicide bombing will intensify Turkey’s war on the Kurds

Professor Bülent Gökay Professor of International Relations – SPIRE On Sunday, 13 March, at least 37 people were killed and 125 wounded in a car bomb attack in a busy commuter hub, Kizilay Square near a major bus stop and shopping … Continue reading

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The EU Referendum: 1975 and Now

Dr Helen Parr Senior Lecturer in International Relations – SPIRE How does the 2016 referendum on staying in the EU compare to Britain’s 1975 referendum on remaining in the EEC? The simple fact is, it doesn’t. The circumstances of the … Continue reading

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