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Opinion - Does Russia risk major conflict by fighting wars with private armed forces?

Posted on: 19 April 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Toy soldiers on a map

Does Russia risk major conflict by fighting wars with private armed forces? Ulrich Petersohn explores the murky world of Russian mercenaries and the risks this brings.


Jon Tonge's guide to the 2018 north west elections

Posted on: 26 March 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Man being interviewed on TV

With local elections for the North West coming up in May, politics expert Jon Tonge gives us his guide to the state of play for this year’s council elections, in comparison to 2014:


Brexit rhetoric: How to convince a sceptical public

Posted on: 1 March 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Boris Johnson

As the government sets out its Brexit vision in a series of speeches by senior ministers, Dr Andrew Crines looks at the rhetorical strategies that could convince a sceptical nation.


Opinion - Kosovo today: has independence fulfilled the population’s hopes and dreams?

Posted on: 19 February 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Flags from different countries flying in a city

Last weekend, Kosovo-Albanians celebrated the 10th anniversary of their new state’s declaration of independence. Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia unilaterally on 17th February 2008, following a decade of practical apartheid in Kosovo from 1989 – 1999 separating Kosovo-Albanians and Kosovo-Serbs, as well as large-scale dismissal of Albanian workers and ethnic cleansing against Kosovo-Albanian civilians.


Liverpool: Celebrating 10 years as the Capital of Culture

Posted on: 14 February 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Liverpool Docks

This year, Liverpool will come together once more to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of being named the European Capital of Culture. Here, we will explore some of the highlights 2018 will bring as a celebration, and check out some other big names that turn 10, too!


One hundred years of suffrage – what does it mean for young women today?

Posted on: 15 January 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Emmeline Pankhurst

6 February 2018 marks a centenary of the extension of suffrage to some women (and men). Women over 30 who owned property or were graduates voting in a university constituency, around 8.5 million women, were able to vote after the 1918 Representation of the People Act. Universal suffrage was gained 10 years later in 1928. Celebrating 2018 as the centenary of suffrage must serve as a reminder of the importance of inclusivity and to be mindful of those women we leave behind. With this in mind, we asked our students what suffrage means to them…


Our top tips to beat the Blue Monday blues this January

Posted on: 15 January 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Trump at a lecturn

January blues can be tough. But what should you do when Blue Monday comes around when you're trying to prepare for your exams?


Top 4 political books of 2017 to help you make sense of today's headlines

Posted on: 19 December 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

'Fall out' by Time Shipman

2017 was another tumultuous year in politics. The holiday season is the perfect time to reflect on what just happened in Britain and the world. So here is our list of the most exciting political books of the year that will help you make sense of the headlines and what's happening now.


Opinion: Why research methods matter

Posted on: 14 December 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

A few weeks ago I attended a talk during which a number of claims surrounding questions of correlation and causation were made, which suggested a significant link between two factors. However, when I asked for more details about the relationship between the two variables, I was told that these statements were based on assumptions gleaned from engagement with the media - reading articles in the press that suggested that in cases where A occurred, B also occurred. In fact, no quantitative data had been gathered, requested, or analysed.


How arts and humanities can be a powerful force in the fight against modern slavery

Posted on: 7 December 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Two men talking in Ghana

As we look towards UN Human Rights Day on 10 December, we spoke to Dr Alex Balch about his research in Sub-Saharan Africa and his hopes for its impact on human rights.


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