What is a Proxy War?

  Storming out of Syria and taking control of key cities in a matter of days, the Islamic state of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has shown that Iraq’s stability could be very easily measured on the Richter scale. But state fragility, democratic deficits and measures of success in democracy promotion, are hardly the hot topic. […]

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The Chinese ‘War on Terror’

  In Western media reports, the Western province of Xinjiang is always prefaced with the world “restive”. The region is roughly the same size as Western Europe, with a population of 22 million inhabitants, nine million of whom are members of the Turkic speaking Uighur ethnicity. Xinjiang literally translates as “new borders” and briefly achieved […]

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I’ll go wherever you May Gove

  Michael Gove and Theresa May are not the best of friends at the moment, according to a recent piece in The Guardian. Their falling out over the so-called ‘Trojan Horse’ row about alleged extremism in Birmingham schools apparently dates back to disagreements over the (then Labour) government’s ‘Preventing Violent Extremism’ strategy launched in the […]

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Retrospective of the #IndiaVotes2014 blogpost series

  With the elections in India over, it’s time to revisit our #IndiaVotes2014 blogpost series organised by Professor Katharine Adeney for Ballots and Bullets and IAPS!   1)      The Continuing Importance of Regional Parties: The View from Tamil Nadu by Andrew Wyatt http://nottspolitics.org/?p=10378 2)      What’s left of the Left? by Indrajit Roy http://nottspolitics.org/?p=10364 3)      Modi-fying India? A […]

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Spying on the World: The Declassified Documents of the Joint Intelligence Committee, 1936-2013

New on the Bookshelf: Spying on the World: The Declassified Documents of the Joint Intelligence Committee, 1936-2013. This is a documentary history of how intelligence influenced Britain’s policy response to key 20th century events. For more than 50 years, the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) has been central to the secret machinery of the British Government, acting as […]

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One Year On: The Anglo-American Intelligence Relationship through Snowden’s PRISM

  It’s been one year since selected media outlets began publishing Edward Snowden’s stolen intelligence documents. At first glance they present a frightening picture of Anglo-American surveillance; of GCHQ and the NSA aligned to “master the internet” by hoovering up vast quantities of information. It’s almost as if the two intelligence agencies have formed a […]

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Polling Observatory #37: No Westminster polling aftershock from European Parliament earthquake

This is the thirty-seventh in a series of posts that report on the state of the parties as measured by opinion polls. By pooling together all the available polling evidence we can reduce the impact of the random variation each individual survey inevitably produces. Most of the short term advances and setbacks in party polling […]

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Airpower and War in the 21st Century

Airpower and War in the 21st Century University of Nottingham; Centre for Conflict, Security and Terrorism (CST) Workshop; Friday, 13th June 2014 Location: Institute for Aerospace Technology; University of Nottingham; Innovation Park; Jubilee Campus Key theme:             The roles and utility of airpower in 21st century war and conflict Sub-themes:                      Contemporary air doctrine […]

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The Continuing Importance of Regional Parties: The View from Tamil Nadu

The results of the 2014 Lok Sabha election in Tamil Nadu showed that regional parties continue to dominate politics in the state.  The headline story is the remarkable victory of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK).  The AIADMK won 37 out of 39 seats in the state, beating its rival the Dravida Munnetra […]

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Nigel Farage: my part in his rise

The photo (above) is of the Radio 4 and 5 election night studio, at some point in the early hours of Friday morning, as the local election results trickled in. If you stare at it really hard, you can just about see the top of my bald head sticking out above the computer screen at […]

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