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Research Seminar: ‘Why the German Empire and the European Union fell or are fallling, and why Anglo-America rose’ by Professor Brendan Simms

last modified Jan 24, 2014 05:11 PM

The Center for Rising Powers (POLIS)

Research Seminar:

‘Why the German Empire and the European Union fell or are fallling, and why Anglo-America rose’

by Professor Brendan Simms, Professor of History of International Relations, Director, Centre for International Studies,University of Cambridge.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014, 12 – 1pm

Seminar Room 138, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT

New Research Associate: Dr Kundai Sithole

last modified Jan 07, 2014 12:18 PM

Kundai joined us on 6th January and tells us a little about herself:

“My research focus is on political legitimacy and the Strasbourg human rights regime. I recently completed a book manuscript which examines how the European Convention on Human Rights contributes to the Council of Europe’s political authority and legitimacy. At Cambridge, I will investigate popular attitudes to constitutional authority and legitimacy in the United Kingdom.

Prior to joining POLIS, I was Anglo-German Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. I am also involved in an international collaborative research project led by the University of Turin’s Centre for Studies on Federalism. This examines democratic participation, representation and accountability in regional and international organisations. I am responsible for research on ‘The Council of Europe’.

I received my PhD in Politics from the University of Reading, where I also taught papers in International Relations, and Modern Government. I was the ECPR Graduate Network’s ‘2008-2010’ Academic Convenor for its biennial Graduate Conference.”

You can see Kundai’s full profile here.

Dr Justin Pearce reflects on recent protest, repression and the rule of law in Angola.

last modified Dec 10, 2013 10:21 AM

Dr Justin Pearce reflects on recent protest, repression and the rule of law in Angola, in an article published by African Arguments on 9 December.

http://africanarguments.org/2013/12/09/angola-crocodiles-and-the-rule-of-law-by-justin-pearce/

NEW: 2 PhD Funding Awards available in POLIS

last modified Dec 04, 2013 04:54 PM

 

Suitably qualified candidates who apply to read for a PhD in POLIS can expect to be considered for GATES, ESRC, AHRC and various other Cambridge-related scholarships. In this year's application round POLIS is offering 2 additional maintenance grants of £7,300 p.a. for 3 years, as well as the payment of 3 years’ worth of college fees, to 2 suitably qualified applicants.

Successful candidates will be expected to apply to the Department in the normal way (http://www.polis.cam.ac.uk/Graduates/ProsPhD/how-to-apply), and meet our requirements. To be awarded this POLIS specific funding, candidates will also have to be awarded a fee-waiver from the University of Cambridge (and appropriate candidates will automatically be considered for by ticking the relevant funding boxes on their applications forms).

 

The deadline for applications is 10th January 2014.

Candidates should expect to be informed of the result in April 2014.

 

Please also note, that given the high numbers of PhD applications we receive, POLIS will not enter into any correspondence about funding decisions.

Guardian Politics Weekly podcast: Dr David Runciman on democracy in crisis

last modified Nov 27, 2013 03:25 PM

Politics Weekly podcast: David Runciman on democracy in crisis

Economic crisis has exposed the limits of western democracy in several countries since 2008. Cambridge political scientist David Runciman says the survival of liberal democracy is far from inevitable. He joins Anne Perkins to discuss the ideas in his new book The Confidence Trap.

Western democracy has not been in good health since the economic crash of 2008. In the eurozone, elected politicians have struggled to force through austerity budgets demanded by the officials offering bailouts. Incumbents from across the political spectrum have been booted out of office, while others rise to power only to confront the same short-term problems of attempting to a balance the books without ruining their own hopes for re-election.

Meanwhile, in states such as China that continue to eschew democracy, there is continuing economic growth and growing global power.

It all adds up to a cause for great concern, according to the political scientist David Runciman. His new book is The Confidence Trap: A History of Democracy in Crisis from World War I to the Present - a critique of the complacency of many in the west and the assumption that democracy is inevitable.

And it's not just economic factors that threaten democracy. For Runciman, The Guardian's revelations of massive state surveillanceshow another drawback of complacency by electorates - allowing security apparatus to grow without sufficient oversight.

Leave your thoughts below - or follow Politics Weekly on Soundcloud.

Source: Guardian

 

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/audio/2013/nov/21/politics-weekly-podcast-cambridge-david-runciman-democracy

Conference: The crisis of Democracy? - Evidence from the Post-communist world

last modified Nov 27, 2013 03:22 PM

The Crisis of Democracy?  Evidence from the Post-Communist World

December 6th, 2013

McGrath Centre, St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge

Panel I: Dimensions of the Crisis of Democracy

12.45-2.15pm

 

Democracy in Eastern Europe: Myth, Ideology and Reality

Harald Wydra, Fellow of St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge

 

Economy, Corruption or Promiscuous Voters? Explaining the Success of Anti-Establishment Reform Parties in Eastern Europe

Sean Healey, Senior Lecturer in East European Politics, University College London

(co-author Allan Sikk, Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics, University College London)

 

Legitimacy of Russia’s Regime and Trust in Persons vs Institutions

Nikolay Petrov, Higer School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

 

2.15-2.45pm Refreshments

Panel II: Comparisons of the Crises of Democracy

2.45-4.15pm

The Silent Waters are the Deepest? What Does the Lack of Popular Protest Mean for Public Support for Putin

Richard Sakwa, Professor of Russian and European Politics, University of Kent

 

The Price of Transition: Reassessing the Bulgarian Experience of Post-Communism

Ognyan Minchev, Professor оf Politics, Sofia University, Bulgaria

 

How Lack of Popular Support Influences Legitimacy to Lead: the Case of the Romanian President

Emanuel Coman, Fellow in Politics, Nuffield College, Oxford University

 

4.15-4.45pm Refreshments

Panel III: Lessons of the Crisis of Democracy 

4.45-6.15pm  

Democracy: Duality, Crisis or Reincarnation?

Gergana Dimova, Fellow in Politics, St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge

 

Is Democracy in Crisis? Concluding Remarks 

John Dunn, Professor of Politics, University of Cambridge

 

POLIS cycles to work

last modified Nov 15, 2013 11:02 AM

Last Friday (8th November) colleagues in the Alison Richard Building took part in an awareness raising session to encourage cycling to work.

As a building the team managed to cycle an incredible 218.1km in a working day which (as the crow flies) is equivalent to cycling from the office West Road, Cambridge to Oxford, a few kilometres around that city and then cycling back again. Everyone who took part really earned their cycle seat covers.

POLIS Student, Babatunde Olaiya (MPhil in Public Policy), racked up 14.4km, the longest ride of the day, and won the meal for two, kindly provided by The ARC Café.

Visit from Professor Stephen Walt

last modified Nov 20, 2013 10:20 AM

Professor Stephen Walt of Harvard University visited POLIS this week. He spoke to a large group of PhD students and staff on the theme of relations between academic International Relations and the world of policy, before going on to St. John’s College to give the annual Hinsley Lecture, held in honour of Sir Harry Hinsley who both founded the Centre of International Studies (now part of POLIS) and was Master of St. John’s. The lecture is run jointly by POLIS and the College, and attracts interest from across the University.

This year’s title was ‘Follies and fiascos: why US foreign policy keeps failing’. Professor Walt  argued that while there have been periods of considerable wisdom and success in US foreign policy, notably 1947-50 and 1988-1992, the years since the end of the Cold War have been largely characterised by hubris, distortions from domestic politics, and a dysfunctional foreign policy-making machine. His eloquent delivery, and responses to a vigorous set of exchanges in the discussion session which followed, held a big audience’s attention throughout. It was a memorable occasion, as indicated by the long queue of students wishing to speak with Professor Walt afterwards.

Are conspiracy theories destroying democracy?

last modified Oct 29, 2013 04:37 PM

We all love a good conspiracy theory, but are they undermining trust in democratic institutions, asks a major new research project at Cambridge University. For the full BBC News article please click here.

Article published in the Guardian online by Dr Finbarr Livesey

last modified Oct 08, 2013 12:44 PM

The article, 'Open government should mean much more than better service delivery' was published in the Guardian online, 4th October 2013.

To access the full article please click on the link below;

http://www.theguardian.com/public-leaders-network/2013/oct/04/open-government-better-service-delivery

The Alcuin Lecture 2013 (‘Is there a future for the European Union – and with Britain in it?’)

last modified Oct 01, 2013 03:17 PM

The Alcuin Lecture 2013 (‘Is there a future for the European Union – and with Britain in it?’) will be delivered by Professor Loukas Tsoukalis, Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration at the University of Athens and President of ELIAMEP.

Time: 5:00pm
Date: Thursday 17th October
Venue: Riley Auditorium, Clare College
A reception for all attendees follows the lecture
All welcome

Dr Christopher Bickerton awarded the Best Book Prize of 2013 by UACES

last modified Sep 20, 2013 09:41 AM

Dr Christopher Bickerton, a University Lecturer in politics at POLIS, was awarded the Best Book Prize of 2013 by the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (2013). The prize was awarded on the 3rd September in Leeds, UK, on the occasion of the UACES annual conference. The book is entitled European Integration: From Nation-States to Member States and is published by Oxford University Press. The book was commended by the judges for its ‘clear aims’ and ‘intriguing concept’. One judge commented that ‘it is a highly engaging text which makes an extensive contribution to European Studies through the use of an innovative theoretical lens with which to analyse integration.’

http://www.uaces.org/awards/book/

 

Al-Jazeera Awards £150K to Cambridge University for Research Project

last modified Aug 30, 2013 09:24 AM

Al-Jazeera Media Network has awarded the Centre for the Study of the International Relations of the Middle East and North Africa (CIRMENA) £150,000 for a research project on media and politics in Tunisia, entitled ‘Tunisia’s Political Transition and the Developing Role of the Media’. The principal investigator on the University of Cambridge-Al Jazeera Centre for Studies Media Research Project is Dr Roxane Farmanfarmaian, an affiliated lecturer at POLIS.

The one year project, which began on August 12, 2013, will examine the relationship between a liberated media and the new political environment in post-Ben Ali Tunisia. Investigation will focus on how conventional as well as social media disseminate critical issues to the public; the intent is to map the development of political narrative in the year following the revolution. Structure, function and agency will be analyzed as the new political and media environments interact.

A workshop in Doha, in conjunction with the AJCS, will review the initial findings of the project, with final conclusions presented in a Cambridge-based workshop in July 2014.

 

Dr Sharath Srinivasan and Dr Alastair Fraser awarded Cambridge-Africa Alborada Research Fund

last modified Aug 22, 2013 11:53 AM

Two researchers from the Centre of Governance and Human Rights (CGHR) in POLIS, Dr Sharath Srinivasan and Dr Alastair Fraser, have been awarded £10,000 and £5,000 respectively by the Cambridge-Africa Alborada Research Fund for research collaborations with colleagues in Kenya and Zambia. This will allow Dr Srinivasan and Dr Fraser to expand their research under the ESRC-DFID funded 'Politics and Interactive Media in Africa'

Dr Amrita Narlikar awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for 2013-2014

last modified Aug 22, 2013 11:52 AM

POLIS is pleased to announce that Dr Amrita Narlikar, Reader in International Political Economy and the Director of the Centre for Rising Powers, has been awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for 2013-2014, to work on a new research project "The Power of the Poor: International Economic Negotiations in a Globalising World". The Leverhulme Research Fellowships are awarded on the basis of a competition that is open to experienced researchers across the full range of academic disciplines. The scheme is a highly competitive one: 588 applications were reviewed this year with a success rate of 16%. The grant will allow POLIS to appoint a replacement lecturer to cover Dr Narlikar's teaching while she is working on the project.

Professor John Loughlin, Affiliated Lecturer in POLIS and Director of the Von Hugel Institute and a Fellow of St Edmund's College, has been elected a Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts

last modified Aug 22, 2013 11:50 AM

The European Academy of Sciences and Arts was founded in 1990 by Prof. Felix Unger, Cardinal Franz König and Prof. Nikolaus Lobkowicz. The Academy focuses on interdisciplinary discussion across specialist areas, ideologies and scientific cultures as well as promoting transnational dialogue and visionary developments of new scientific knowledge and academic thinking. As an “independent knowledge pool”, the Academy aims “to debate and work on contemporary topics across disciplinary and national borders, for the good of those living and working in Europe”. The uniqueness of the Academy of Sciences and Arts lies in its ability to work across boundaries for the aesthetics of science. The European Academy of Sciences and Arts now brings together over 1200 scientists and researchers, philosophers and artists from Europe, Asia and the USA, including 25 Nobel Prize winners. This has resulted in a networked ‘think tank’ on ethical and scientific values in a society that is increasingly fragmented. The European Academy of Sciences and Arts, based in Salzburg, focuses on three core areas, namely developing knowledge, disseminating scientific information and implementing major multi-national projects.

News Archive

last modified Oct 01, 2013 03:15 PM

 

Dr Sharath Srinivasan and Dr Alastair Fraser awarded Cambridge-Africa Alborada Research Fund

Two researchers from the Centre of Governance and Human Rights (CGHR) in POLIS, Dr Sharath Srinivasan and Dr Alastair Fraser, have been awarded £10,000 and £5,000 respectively by the Cambridge-Africa Alborada Research Fund for research collaborations with colleagues in Kenya and Zambia. This will allow Dr Srinivasan and Dr Fraser to expand their research under the ESRC-DFID funded 'Politics and Interactive Media in Africa'

Dr Amrita Narlikar awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for 2013-2014

POLIS is pleased to announce that Dr Amrita Narlikar, Reader in International Political Economy and the Director of the Centre for Rising Powers, has been awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for 2013-2014, to work on a new research project "The Power of the Poor: International Economic Negotiations in a Globalising World". The Leverhulme Research Fellowships are awarded on the basis of a competition that is open to experienced researchers across the full range of academic disciplines. The scheme is a highly competitive one: 588 applications were reviewed this year with a success rate of 16%. The grant will allow POLIS to appoint a replacement lecturer to cover Dr Narlikar's teaching while she is working on the project.

2013 Alcuin Lecture announced

Professor Loukas Tsoukalis will deliver the 2013 Alcuin Lecture on Wednesday 5 June. Professor Tsoukalis will talk on 'Is there a future for the European Union - and with Britain in it?'. Please could those who are interested in attending send in applications to cahg2@cam.ac.uk by 31st May. For more information please see the poster.

POLIS affiliated Junior Fellow awarded Dan David Prize

POLIS is pleased to announce that Dr Katrina Forrester has been awarded a Dan David Prize Scholarship for her research project ‘Philosophy and Real Politics in Liberal Political Thought: On the Relation of Theory and Practice from the End of Ideology to the End of History 1950-2000’. A small number of these international prizes are awarded annually to post-doctoral researchers from across the humanities and sciences.

Professor John Loughlin appointed to the Chaire Ganshof van der Meersch at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

Professor John Loughlin, Affiliated Lecturer in POLIS, Director of the Von Hügel Institute and a Fellow of St Edmund's College, has been appointed to the Chaire Ganshof van der Meersch at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) for the academic year 2013-14. The Chaire is endowed by the Fondation Wiener-Anspach as part of the Fondation’s support for academic exchanges between the ULB and the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Professor Loughlin will pursue research on European federalism and the current financial crisis and also on the place of religion in public and political life.

CSAP Co-Hosts External Champion to the Global Uncertainties Programme

Tristram Riley-Smith, has been appointed as a Director of Research to support his role as the External Champion to the Research Councils' Global Uncertainties (GU) Programme at CSaP.

The GU Programme focuses on six core areas associated with the causes and consequences of insecurity in the world:

  • Ideologies and beliefs
  • Terrorism
  • Transnational organised crime
  • Cybersecurity
  • Threats to infrastructures
  • Proliferation of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (CBRN) weapons & technologies.

Tristram will work as a high-profile ambassador for the Programme, seeking to enhance opportunities for impact and knowledge exchange by connecting researchers across the UK (in receipt of £384m of funding) to national and international policy makers, public bodies, non-governmental organisations, the private sector and the wider public.

Tristram aired his early thoughts about the role with the GU Annual Conference in London on 26 March. In the first months he plans to consult stakeholders; review the portfolio of projects; and promote greater levels of engagement between end-users and researchers. He wants to run a triage process to identify a small number of projects which could achieve early impact with the support of stakeholders. He emphasised five core principles which underpin his work:

  • promote the importance of partnership;
  • respect the academic quest for knowledge, as a valued end in itself;
  • engage with ethical and security concerns of researchers and stakeholders;
  • recognise the significance of the GU Programme for stability and well-being;
  • focus on a drive to deliver beneficial, practical outcomes from the GU programme.

Tristram welcomes comments, ideas or insights that you would like to share about the programme (http://www.globaluncertainties.org.uk/), especially if you have benefited from GU funding. You can e-mail him at tr356@cam.ac.uk.

POLIS is currently recruiting two University Lecturers

The Department of POLIS is currently advertising two University Lectureships. One is to be in the field of Latin America or South Asia and the other will be in Comparative Politics with a specialist interest in Europe (including the UK) and/or the United States. For further information please see the Job pages of this website.

2013 Hinsley Lecture to be given by Prof. Stephen Walt

POLIS is pleased to announce that the Hinsley Lecture in 2013 will take place on November 13 and will be given by Professor Stephen Walt. Stephen M. Walt is the Robert and Renée Belfer professor of international affairs at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

New Chair in Politics announced

The Department is very please to announce that David Runciman has been recruited to the position of Chair in Politics.

Dr Bell awarded Cambridge Humanities Research Grant

Dr Duncan Bell has secured a Cambridge Humanities Research Grant to aid his project "Dreamworlds of Empire: Utopia, Race and the Project for a New Anglo Century".

The Masters in Public Policy officially launched

The Masters in Public Policy was officially launched at an event on the 29th November at the Institute of Governance in London. The programme will take its first students from October 2013. For further information, please see the University Web pages

Dr Duncan Bell awarded Philip Leverhulme Prize

The Department is pleased to announce that Dr Duncan Bell has been awarded a prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize in recognition of his scholarly work in the history of political thought. For further information please see the Leverhulme website.

Professor David Allen, 1949-2012

Many people in POLIS, especially those working in the area of European Studies will be sad at the news of the death of Professor David Allen, a good friend of the Department who acted as external examiner in the past, and informal adviser to many young researchers. Please follow the link for the THE obituary.

The US election seen from East Asia: what is at stake?

Dr K-C Lin will be on the panel for a debate being held as part of the Festival of Ideas, on Saturday 27 October, 3:00PM - 4:15PM . For further information, please see the listing on the Festival of Ideas website

Advanced Notice: Hinsley Lecture

POLIS is pleased to announce that the annual Hinsley lecture will be given by Fraser Cameron on 14 November at St John's College. Dr Cameron will speak on "Power and the Pursuit of Peace – An EU Dream or Illusion".

Six Five Year Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Applications are invited for 6 postdoctoral research associates to work on Conspiracy and Democracy: History, Political Theory and Internet Research, the Leverhulme-funded interdisciplinary, collaborative project led by Professor Sir Richard Evans (History), Dr David Runciman (Politics and International Studies) and Professor John Naughton (CRASSH); and based at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), starting 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2017. For more information please see the CRASSH website.

Dr Glen Rangwala awarded Pilkington Prize

Dr Glen Rangwala has been awarded one of the twelve annual Pilkington Prizes recognising outstanding teaching. Dr Rangwala received his prize from the Vice Chancellor at an awards ceremony at Downing College. For more information please see the University News webpages

Butler Prize winners announced

For full details of the winners of this year's Butler Essay Prize for Sixth Form Students please see the R.A. Butler webpage.

David Runciman awarded the Bernard Crick Prize for the best article published in The Political Quarterly in 2011

POLIS Academic Dr David Runciman has won The Political Quarterly Crick Prize. David Runciman’s piece ‘Can Democracy Cope’, which appeared in issue 82 4 won praise from the Board’s judges for its insightfulness and deep understanding of the theme. He was awarded the prize at the Orwell Awards in Church House on 23 May.

Dr Josip Glaurdic and Dr Alex Anievas awarded Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

The Department is pleased to announce that Dr Josip Glaurdic and Dr Alex Anievas have been awarded prestigious Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships and will be joining the Department in 2012-13

POLIS PhD student awarded Political Studies Association's Lord Bryce Prize

Dr Alex Anievas has been awarded the Political Studies Association's Lord Bryce Prize for Best Dissertation in International Relations/Comparative Studies for his Dissertation on ‘Capital, States, and Conflict: International Political Economy and Crisis, 1914-1945’

POLIS Department academics star turn at Hay-on-Wye festival

Hay-on-Wye festival

Cambridge Public Policy (CPP) set up to coordinate the development of new approaches to public policy

Cambridge Public Policy (CPP) is a University of Cambridge initiative set up to coordinate, support and encourage the development of new approaches to public policy, informed by the best available research, teaching and practice.

The CPP website has more details of the initiative.

Prof. Loughlin appointed an Officier in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques

Professor John Loughlin, Director of the VHI and Fellow of St Edmund's College, was appointed an Officier in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French Government in 2010. He received the award at a ceremony at the French Embassy's Cultural Centre in March 2012. The Ordre des Palmes Académiques is the second oldest order of chivalry and was established by Napoleon I in 1808. It is award to French citizens for services to higher education in France and to non-French citizens who make a significant contribution to French culture and learning. Professor Loughlin received the award in recognition of his" contribution to the French culture and language in the United Kingdom and for his extensive research into European politics".

POLIS academic assists UN and Egyptian Government

Professor John Loughlin, Director of the VHI and Fellow of St Edmund's College, has been assisting the United Nations-Habitat and the Egyptian government to develop a new system of regional governance and planning for Egypt. After many years of dictatorship and a highly centralized administrative system, Egypt, like many other countries in the world, has been moving towards a more decentralized system. Professor Loughlin chaired a UN-Habitat committee of experts which produced a set of 'Guidelines on Effective Decentralization' which were adopted unanimously by the UN-Habitat General Council, consisting of 60 countries, at their meeting in Nairobi in 2007. Professor Loughlin has researched and written extensively on regionalization and decentralization in European countries. His most recent publication in this area is the Oxford Handbook of Local and Regional Democracy in Europe, jointly edited with Frank Hendriks and Anders Lidstrom and published by Oxford University Press in 2010 which covers all 27 EU member states as well as Norway and Switzerland. In 2007 he published Subnational Government: the French Experience. He is currently editing the Routledge Handbook of Regionalism and Federalism which is due to be published in 2012.

R.A. Butler Prize for essays in Politics and International Studies (02/03/2012)

The essay questions for the 2012 round of the R.A. Butler Prize have now been released. The competition for Year 12 (lower 6th) students for essays in Politics and International Studies is run by POLIS in association with Trinity College. The prize aims to encourage students with an interest in modern politics and world affairs to consider undertaking university studies in Politics, International Studies or a related discipline, and to recognise the achievements of high-calibre students and those who teach them. For more information please see the R.A. Butler webpage.

Cambridge PhD students win Politics in Spires best blog competition

Politics in Spires is pleased to announce that the prize for the best blog published from November 2011-January 2012 will be awarded to the joint authors of ‘How are election preparations unfolding in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)? Hope or failure? Two perspectives’—Hubertus Juergenliemk, PhD student at POLIS, University of Cambridge and a Visiting Doctoral student at the University of Oxford during the academic year 2011-12, and Lindsay Scorgie, PhD student at POLIS, University of Cambridge. Please read their blog here.

Scot Peterson, of the Oxford Politics in Spires Oversight Committee says, ‘The blog was really interesting, original and thought-provoking It was well argued and incorporated material from students’ field work for their degrees. This is exactly what we are looking for – congratulations!’

The next round of the blog prize will run from February – April 2012: please send blogs to Oxbridge.blog@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you! For more information, click here.

David Miliband in discussion with Prof. Gamble

David Miliband, Labour MP and former Foreign Secretary, will be speaking at the Cambridge Union on Wednesday 1st February at 12 noon. Mr Miliband will be discussing the issues of the day with Prof. Gamble, Head of the Department of Politics and International Studies, before the floor is opened for questions. We expect this to be a very popular event and University ID will be required for entrance.

POLIS MSt. Student awarded MBE

A student on the Master of Studies in International Relations course, Damian Platt, has been awarded the MBE for his work in the favelas, or shantytowns, of Rio de Janeiro. Damian was given the award by HRH the Prince of Wales at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in December. For more information please see http://news.admin.cam.ac.uk/news/2012/01/09/international-relations-student-awarded-mbe/

PLEASE NOTE: On 3rd January 2012 the Department of POLIS moved to the Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT.

Over the Christmas Vacation the Department moved to a new home, the Alison Richard Building on 7 West Road. POLIS is now housed in a dedicated state-of-the-art building alongside the area centres and the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities, and it is based on the University's Sidgwick site which is home to many other Humanities and Social Science Departments.

Politics in Spires: A thoroughfare for all thoughts on politics and international relations

Politics in Spires is a collaborative effort between the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford and the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge. The website aims to promote and disseminate research and to engage in scholarly debate on current affairs, addressing topical issues in a timely fashion.

Politics in Spires: http://politicsinspires.org/

Cambridge's POLIS is ranked 3rd in the world

Cambridge University's Politics and International Studies courses are ranked 3rd in the world in the first comprehensive set of international rankings at subject level. For more information please see the New QS World University Rankings by Subject 2011 - Social Sciences website.

Winners of the R.A. Butler Prize for essays in Politics and International Studies (06/07/2011)

The winners have been announced for the R.A. Butler Prize for essays in Politics and International Studies 2011. The first prize is £600, to be shared between the candidate and his or her school or college. The second prize is £400. For more information please see the R.A. Butler webpage.

CGHR Research Associate Vacancy (06/07/2011)

The Centre of Governance and Human Rights (CGHR) is seeking to appoint a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to work for up to 15 months on the research project ‘New communication technologies and citizen-led governance in Africa’. Further details about the position available and full information on the application procedure can be found at http://www.polis.cam.ac.uk/dept/jobs.html.

Republicanism and Religion: A colloquium in memory of Émile Perreau-Saussine (17 Feb 2011)

Emile Perreau-Saussine

On 17 February 2011 in Fitzwilliam College a memorial colloquium was held in honour of our friend and colleague Emile Perreau-Saussine, who died tragically in 2010.

Details of the event are available from the colloquium's page.

University lecturer vacancy (7 Feb 2011)

Applications are invited for a University Lectureship in the Department of Politics and International Studies, from 1st October 2011. There is some flexibility in the field of the lectureship, and we particularly welcome applications from candidates specialising in the politics of China (including foreign policy and political economy). Other areas where the Department is seeking to strengthen its research and teaching include international security and foreign policy, the politics of the United States, and British politics and public policy. Further details about the position available and full information on the application procedure can be found at http://www.polis.cam.ac.uk/dept/jobs.html.

José Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission (2 Feb 2011)

José Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission, will be visiting the University on Friday 18 February to give the annual Alcuin lecture (sponsored by Lord Brittan). The lecture will take place in the Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Road, at 5pm. Admission will be by University card and photo-ID only.Applications to alcuinlecture@admin.cam.ac.uk by 12 noon on Wednesday 9 February.

Dr Barroso is an academic economist by background, and ex-Director of the Department of International Relations at Lusiada University, as well one time Prime Minister of Portugal. At this critical time for the European economy, and indeed for Europe's external relations, his remarks will be of particular interest to members of POLIS.

For more information see the poster for the event.

Catalan Election Event (28 Nov 2010)

On the occasion of the Elections to the Parliament of Catalonia on 28th November, the Catalan Government's Delegation to the United Kingdom, in collaboration with Catalans UK, has the pleasure to organise for the first time a reception in London to follow the election results. The event will count with the presence of Prof John Loughlin, University of Cambridge, and Mr Germà Capdevila, Managing Editor of Catalonia Today, who will comment and explain the results. The event will be presented by Ms Laura Pous, Correspondent of the Catalan News Agency.

For more information, please contact Prof John Loughlin, jl602@cam.ac.uk.

EVENT CANCELLATION: 'India as a Rising Power' - The Honourable Mamata Banerjee (25 Oct 2010)

Due to certain unforeseen political developments in the state of West Bengal, the Indian Minister for Railways, the Honourable Mamata Banerjee, has had to postpone her trip to Cambridge. The launch of the new Centre for Rising Powers, and its inaugural lecture, are postponed to Lent Term 2011. For any queries about the Centre, please contact Dr Amrita Narlikar, an283@cam.ac.uk.

Details of the event can be found at: http://www.in-coop.eu/ (note that this is a link to an external website)

Monique Canto-Sperber - postponed (25 May 2010)

Monique Canto-Sperber was due to speak at the POLIS seminar on 25th May 2010, but unfortunately has had to postpone this appearance.

Marie Curie Initial Training Network (19 Mar 2010)

POLIS will be home to a Marie Curie post-doctoral fellow and a PhD student in the Autumn as part of the new INCOOP network. The network will focus on institutional cooperation in the EU and Cambridge hopes to appoint in the fields of immigration and energy and climate change. Further details about the positions available and full information on the application procedure can be found at http://www.polis.cam.ac.uk/dept/jobs.html.

Details of the INCOOP network can be found at: http://www.in-coop.eu/ (note that this is a link to an external website)

Dr. Emile Perreau-Saussine 1972-2010 (26 Feb 2010)

Dr. Emile Perreau-Saussine 1972-2010

CIS publication listed in '100 Books for Global Thinkers' (18 Dec 2009)

Counter-insurgency expert David Kilcullen ('The accidental guerilla') has listed John Bew, Martyn Frampton and Inigo Gurruchaga's 'Talking to terrorists. Making peace in Northern Ireland and the Basque country' (2009) (published by the Centre series 'Crises in World Politics') as one of the '100 books for global thinkers' recommended by Foreign Policy magazine.

For more details: click here (note that this is a link to an external website)

POLIS to launch new Centre of Governance and Human Rights on 18 November 2009

POLIS celebrates the launch of the Centre of Governance and Human Rights on 18 November 2009 with an Inaugural Lecture by Francis M Deng, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide. Deng will speak on the subject of ‘Managing Diversity as a Strategy for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities’.

With special reference to Africa, the Centre will generate fresh thinking on governance challenges and ideas of human rights in the 21st century. Globalisation and greater integration require developing countries engage more than before with international institutions, rules and norms. Yet shifts in the fulcrum of world power raise new questions on the common values underpinning international order and determining human well-being, on how they are pursued, and on their impact upon developing states and societies. Innovations to address persistent underdevelopment, political instability and human vulnerability must understand and navigate this changing political landscape. Drawing upon Cambridge’s long and distinctive tradition in politics and international studies going back over a century, the Centre of Governance and Human Rights will develop new courses on the politics of governance and human rights for undergraduates and graduates, and it will serve as a hub for research collaboration throughout the University. It will also bring together practitioners, policymakers and academics from developed and developing countries to build dialogue about the role of rights and governance in tackling development and security priorities. The Centre is already forging links with research institutions and practitioners in Africa.

Thanks to a generous donation from The David and Elaine Potter Foundation, a new endowed lectureship has been established to provide a dedicated Director for our new Centre in its first phase. More information on the Centre, the launch and recordings of Francis Deng's lecture will appear on the POLIS website after the event.

POLIS Launch Lecture (5 May 2009)

The Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) was formally launched on 5 May with a lecture and reception in the Law Faculty Building on the Sidgwick site, next door to where POLIS will be relocated in a brand-new building in 2011. The lecture was given by Professor Christopher Hill, with the title 'Changing the World? The problem of action in international politics' to an audience of colleagues and invited guests of over 120 people. The occasion was chaired by Professor John Bell, the Chair of the School of Huumanities and Social Sciences, and was followed by a lively Question and Answer session, and then a reception. A PDF of the lecture's text is to be found below. POLIS has 22 University Lecturers, five College Lecturers, and four administrative staff. Professor Andrew Gamble is the Head of Department and Angela Polletine the Administrative Officer. Three major research centres are contained within the new department: the Centre of International Studies, and two new ones, the Centre of Governance and Human Rights and the Cambridge Centre for Political Thought, which is joint collaboration with History. POLIS is located within the Faculty of Politics, Psychology, Sociology and International Studies (PPSIS) and is represented on the Council of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The lecture notes are available here.

RAE 2008 (28 Jan 2009)

The RAE results just released have Politics and International Studies at Cambridge in 11th equal place in the list of 59 units assessed. Our grade profile was as follows: 20% or work was graded at the 4* level (‘world-leading’), 30% at 3* (‘internationally-excellent’), 30% at 2* level (‘internationally-recognised’) and 20% at 1* level (‘nationally recognised’). This is very pleasing, as it represents a clear improvement from 2001 when we were ranked c 24th (The different grading system used then makes exact comparisions difficult). This represents a sound foundation for the start of the new Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) in January

POLIS Gates Cambridge US Scholars 2015-16

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Gates Cambridge have announced the results for their US Scholarship 2015-16, and five out of the forty students selected will be joining POLIS this autumn.

The successful candidates were whittled down from a field of 755 applicants.  

Miss Karin Bashir will be joining the MPhil in Public Policy program; she completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan and has studied and worked in Egypt and Bahrain. She is currently working with Syrian refuges in Turkey. 

Ms Jocelyn Perry will be joining the MPhil in International Relations and Politics program; she completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania and has travelled and worked throughout Asia and South America. She plans to research post-conflict reconstruction with a focus on Africa’s Great Lakes region whilst at Cambridge. 

Mr George Saba will be joining the MPhil in International Relations and Politics program; he is currently studying at Stanford University, and has worked as a research assistant for Dr. Condoleezza Rice and as a White House Intern for the Obama Administration. During his time in Cambridge, he plans to research gun control policies in countries that have passed major legislation after mass shootings. 

Mr Daniel Barcia will be joining the MPhil in International Relations and Politics program; he is currently studying at Harvard University and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard College Human Rights Review. He plans to focus on economic development and U.S. foreign policy whilst at Cambridge. 

Mr Yusef Al-Jarani will be joining the MPhil in Development Studies program; he completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Chicago. 

The postgraduate scholarship programme was established through a US$210 million donation to the University of Cambridge from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2001, which remains the largest single donation to a UK university.  Competition for places is fierce and the programme is unique in its emphasis on social leadership as well as outstanding academic ability.