"expert" blog posts

"Images are powerful" - new exhibition of all 209 female MPs

Posted on: 8 March 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

Priti Patel portrait

Open Eye Gallery's '209 Women' exhibition features new portraits of all women MPs, shot by women photographers. The new exhibition opened in Liverpool on 28 February 2019 and aims to amplify the call for gender equality across all spheres of society. At the launch event, MP Alison McGovern said: \"These images are not only beautiful, they are a political act.\"


Why I no longer view Western political thought as a 'canon'

Posted on: 5 December 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Audre Lorde illustration

When I started at university in the UK, political theory meant studying a very particular canon, taught by a very particular type of scholar. In recent years, calls for the need to change how we think about and teach international relations and politics have started to gain traction. It is about time.


Opinion: Why Vladimir Putin cannot ignore Russians’ social rights

Posted on: 20 June 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Putin at a press conference

What is the role of Russia’s post-communist state in providing housing, healthcare, pensions or social security?


Opinion: Are Jordanian street protests reviving the 'Arab Spring'?

Posted on: 13 June 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Jordan protests June 2018

Over a week of street protests in Jordan’s main cities have toppled the prime minister and torpedoed an unpopular tax law. We ask Hannes Baumann: Is this a return of the protest wave that marked the 'Arab Spring' of 2011?


Opinion - Airstrikes on Syria: our experts answer key questions about the military action

Posted on: 3 May 2018 | Category: 2018 posts

Map showing military action in Syria

In the early hours of 14 April 2018, the militaries of the United States, France, and the United Kingdom launched airstrikes against regime targets in Syria. This came as retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack on civilians in the opposition-controlled enclave of Douma a week earlier.


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.


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.


One year after Donald Trump’s election victory - politics as usual?

Posted on: 20 November 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Donald Trump on TV

It's one year since Donald Trump was elected as President to the US. Has the Trump presidency been politics as usual, or are we witnessing a fundamentally new politics under Trump?


What is rhetoric and why do we need it?

Posted on: 18 September 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Theresa May

In this blog I’m going to defend the use of rhetoric. Why? The premise is very simple - because we need it.


Trump's changing view of Afghanistan: are private armies part of the plan?

Posted on: 23 August 2017 | Category: 2017 posts

Silhouette of a soldier

Donald Trump has defied expectation by pledging to increase the number of US troops in Afghanistan.