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Foreign policy as culturally embedded discourse NEW
Politics @ Surrey 11 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
In this short blog post I attempt to sketch out what I mean by the term ‘foreign policy as culturally embedded discourse‘, as well as what this conceptualisation might mean for the study of International Relations. Unfortunately, dis...
We are politics: Trust as a cornerstone NEW
Politics @ Surrey 4 Days, 14 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
People live hopefully. They dream of how their lives can be, and work towards realising those dreams. It’s one of the reasons that so many religions talk about how things will be: thus the Bible talks of turning ‘swords into ploughshares&...
Does UKIP have the brains, bodies and legs to prosper? NEW
Politics @ Surrey 5 Days, 14 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
As appears to be usual in these matters, as soon as I am away from my blogging, there’s a whole cavalcade of eurosceptic-ness that appears. Thus I’ve missed out on explaining the joys of the additional UK contribution to the EU’s bu...
Feeling better about ‘drones’ shouldn’t make us feel easy about war NEW
Politics @ Surrey 2 Weeks, 15 Hours ago
Last month the Birmingham Policy Commission published ‘The Security Impact of Drones: Challenges and Opportunities for the UK’; available online here. It is recommended reading for anyone interested in the topic of ‘drones’, o...
Are crises good or bad for the EU? NEW
Politics @ Surrey 3 Weeks, 6 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
This week I’m in Oslo, to attend a small part of the celebrations of Norway’s bicentennial for its constitution, with a conference on democratic constitutionalism in the EU run by ARENA. Despite finding myself in a room with lots of...
The national interest and what’s in the interest of the nation: Confusion in the European system NEW
Politics @ Surrey 1 Month, 3 Days, 5 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
A leitmotif of the the British debate on the EU is that ‘we’ don’t always/often/ever (delete as applicable) get what we want. Thus, we’re told about all the times the UK gets outvoted, or the structural impossibility of UK MEP...
Reflections on a prisoner’s dilemma NEW
Politics @ Surrey 1 Month, 3 Days, 5 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
In this week’s POL1012 Introduction to Politics: Power and the State seminars, on Rational Choice theory, I ran a prisoner’s dilemma game with the students. This is something I have done for several years now but this time I wanted to mak...
Stock-taking on Britain and the EU NEW
Politics @ Surrey 1 Month, 1 Week, 3 Days, 3 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
As we enter the last 200 days of this current Parliament, it’s perhaps useful to spend a moment thinking about where the UK finds itself in relation to the EU. At one level, euroscepticism seems as rampant as it’s ever been. UKIP have sec...
Stability and instability in the EU NEW
Politics @ Surrey 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 4 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
While we wait to find out whether UKIP can secure their first elected MP today, I’d like to take a bit of a bigger view. This comes on the back of a couple of events in the past week that I attended on the future of the EU, one as speaker and o...
Don’t be a victim: The Tory response to UKIP NEW
Politics @ Surrey 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 4 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
For a party that got so badly mugged at the weekend, the Tories looked surprisingly chipper this week. Partly this was due to Ed Miliband’s stumbles last week leaving space for David Cameron to make a strong speech yesterday that opened the cam...
The UKIP Insurgency NEW
Politics @ Surrey 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 5 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
On Thursday last week I wrote a piece here about why I thought the UKIP annual conference might be a turning point. Gawain Towler, the party’s press officer, tweeted that this was ‘interesting’: obviously, he knew more about ho...
UKIP’s Indian summer? NEW
Politics @ Surrey 2 Months, 19 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
It’s conference session again and so a useful time to gauge where parties are at with their positions on the EU. Labour’s leadership largely avoided the issue, mainly because of the continuing pressure from various factions to press for a...
The Contingency of Political Life NEW
Politics @ Surrey 2 Months, 1 Week, 18 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
Today feels like a day for taking a long view. As Scotland votes, so we sit about, waiting to see what happens. For me, the experience is a salutary one, since it makes me think about how contingent political life can be. Of course, I should be...
What impact would Scottish independence have on a Brexit referendum? NEW
Politics @ Surrey 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 19 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
As we roll into the final week of the Scottish independence referendum campaign, things look to be closer than many (including myself) had anticipated: even if a No vote looks more likely than not, the success of the Yes campaign in mobilising and mo...
Wrap up on Day 1: NATO Summit Wales and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda NEW
Politics @ Surrey 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 17 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
In the run up to NATO’s  Summit in Wales (September 4th to 5th) I will be blogging on issues related to the future of the Alliance, with a particular focus on the place of UNSCR 1325 on women, peace and security on the agenda. You can...
NATO Summit Wales: What Next for NATO and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda? NEW
Politics @ Surrey 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 15 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
In the run up to NATO’s  Summit in Wales (September 4th to 5th) I will be blogging on issues related to the future of the Alliance, with a particular focus on the place of UNSCR 1325 on women, peace and security on the agenda. You can...
Dave, Donald and the delusional understanding of the EU NEW
Politics @ Surrey 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 18 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
It’s tempting to say that it’s been a classic summer for exposing the failings of British EU policy, but it would be more accurate to say that it’s been a summer much like any other: poor. May’s European elections exposed both...
What next for NATO? Reflections on the Place of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in a ‘Future Proof Alliance’ NEW
Politics @ Surrey 2 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 10 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
In the run up to NATO’s  Summit in Wales (September 4th to 5th) I will be blogging on issues related to the future of the Alliance, with a particular focus on the place of UNSCR 1325 on women, peace and security on the agenda. This is my f...
Why student satisfaction matters to us NEW
Politics @ Surrey 3 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 17 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
Earlier this week, the results of the 2014 National Student Survey were released to the public. As in previous years, Surrey has done very well, both as an institution (joint 8th nationally) and for Politics (4th nationally, with 97% satisfaction). C...
BoJo for PM? The Johnsonian vision for the EU NEW
Politics @ Surrey 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 8 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
It’s August, and the temptation to simply lay down tools and ignore the world around us is strong. However, it would also be a mistake, since the world continues to turn and since some people are working hard on their campaigns for the general...