PISC brings together scholars focusing on topical aspects of contemporary global politics. It hosts a seminar programme packed full of events throughout the academic year.
PISC focuses on the issues in international affairs that concern us all:
- Why is the war in Syria continuing, and can anything be done to stop it?
- Who is responsible for the migration crisis, and what are the responsibilities of the European states?
- Is Russia a threat to regional stability, and how should the world respond?
- What are the challenges facing UK foreign policy in a post-Brexit world?
- Is the regulation of the global financial system fit-for-purpose?
- The global development path towards 2030 – a smooth run, or an uphill struggle?
PISC continues to promote and enhance the research base of staff working in several disciplines and geographical areas. These include International Relations, Human Geography, US politics and US foreign policy, European Union studies, Middle Eastern and Africa studies. Each year, PISC plays a critical role in encouraging the exchange of ideas among our scholarly community and provides students with the opportunity to hear about the research being conducted by University of Plymouth academics as well as scholars from different universities in the UK and internationally. PISC seminars also feature practitioners from the political and policy communities who provide insights and first-hand experience of the political and policy machinery at work (or not working).
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Please contact Dr Lorenzo Cladi (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information.
Tuesday 17 October - Failed States and the ‘Big Man’ Phenomenon: The Case of Zimbabwe (speaker: Marta Nowakowska)
Marta Nowakowska is our visiting ERASMUS scholar. She is an anthropologist of culture with a specialist ethnologist perspective in the culture. politics, economics, history and security of southern African countries. Her research focuses on post-1994 South Africa where she has published on the topic of ethnicity and identity in the Zulu population, problems of ethnic and cultural identity in sub-Saharan Africa and issues of culture security and migration in the region.
Wednesday 25 October - Brexit debate (speakers: Professor Mary Farrell, Dr Patrick Holden and Dr Lorenzo Cladi, University of Plymouth)
The UK is due to depart the EU on 30 March 2019, however there remains uncertainty over the terms of Brexit. With negotiations between the European Union and the UK having recently entered a fourth round, academics from the Department of Politics and International Relations within the School of Law, Criminology and Government take the opportunity to reflect upon what Brexit entails in their own areas of expertise. Lorenzo Cladi will share his insights on how Brexit is likely to affect NATO. Mary Farrell provides an overview on the UK government's response to Brexit from the initiation of Article 50 to the state-of-play in the negotiations with the European Commission. Patrick Holden will delve into Brexit and the resurgence of power politics in Europe, with brief case studies of trade and Anglo-Irish relations.
Details about the forthcoming seminars listed below will be added nearer the time.
- Wednesday 15 November - title to be advised (speaker: Professor Mike Smith, University of Warwick)
- Wednesday 22 November - title to be advised (speaker: Dr David Blagden, University of Exeter)