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'The Fixed-term Parliaments Act: Quiet Revolution or mere Technical Detail?'

Recorded: 31/10/2014

The Fixed-term Parliaments Act is one of the very few constitutional changes included in the coalition's Programme for Government that has managed to see the light of day. Yet it is little discussed and its potential effects seemingly inadequately understood. In this lecture, Prof John Curtice (University of Strathclyde) discusses its apparent effects on UK politics to date and its potential effects in future, focusing in particular on its implications for Prime Ministerial power, government formation, and the parliamentary and devolved electoral cycles. Is the Act merely a technical detail of little consequence - or does it represent a quiet constitutional revolution? 

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'China and the Future of Global Governance'

Recorded: 21/10/2014

Dr Katherine Morton (Australian National University) discusses China and the future of global governance, with particular emphasis on the areas of food security and the maritime commons.

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'Humanitarian Access in 21st Century Armed Conflict: Legal and Practical Lessons from Syria'

Recorded: 17/10/2014

At this first event in the seminar series “Axis of Protection: Human Rights in International Law”, sponsored by the Centre for International Studies (CIS) and the Oxford Institute for Ethics Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC), Emanuela Gillard discusses violations of and controversies around the international law on humanitarian access.  She reflects in particular on the lessons and implications of the fact that in the ongoing civil war in Syria non-governmental and governmental organisations have systematically been prevented from delivering aid to the displaced population.

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Seminar: 'Democracy in Contemporary Egypt'

Recorded: 17/09/2014 - 18/09/2014

Convened by Professor Stephen Whitefield (University of Oxford, DPIR), Dr. Elisabeth Kendall (University of Oxford), and Mazen Hassan (Cairo University), this seminar brought together academics and practitioners to discuss a range of issues around democracy in contemporary Egypt at Pembroke College, University of Oxford.  

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'The Scottish Independence Referendum: A Separate or United Kingdom?'

Recorded: 06/08/2014

Professor Iain McLean and Professor Jim Gallagher, co-authors of Scotland's Choices, answer questions about the Scottish independence referendum. They give their views on many of the issues at stake, including citizenship, currency, higher education, and the European Union. Asked to consider a 'yes' victory, they explain the complexities of independence negotiations between the Scottish and UK governments.

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'The War That Ended Peace' - Interview with Margaret MacMillan

Recorded: 17/07/2014

Professor Margaret Macmillan talks to DPhil student Katharine Brooks about her new book 'The War that Ended Peace' - a re-examination of the origins of World War One.

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'A conversation with John Mearsheimer on American grand strategy, the state of IR theory and other topics'

Recorded: 17/06/2014

On 17 June 2014 John Mearsheimer (R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago) visited Oxford, and gave a talk on American grand strategy and consequences for Europe of the US pivot to Asia.

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'Does Europe need a demos to be truly democratic?'

Recorded: 11/06/2014

Prof. Daniel Innerarity (University of the Basque Country / Basque Founcation for Science) answers the question 'Does Europe need a demos to be truly democratic?', followed by a discussion with Prof. Kalypso Nicolaïdis (St Antony's College, University of Oxford).  

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'What is Israel Studies?'

Recorded: 03/06/2014

Professor Derek J Penslar, Stanley Lewis Professor of Israel Studies, delivered his inaugural lecture entitled 'What is Israel Studies', co-hosted by the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, the Department of Politics and International Relations, and St Anne's College.

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'Divided Nations: Why global governance is failing, and what we can do about it'

Recorded: 02/06/2014

The Centre for International Studies (CIS) hosted a book launch event for Ian Goldin's (Director, Oxford Martin School and Professor of Globalisation and Development, University of Oxford) book 'Divided Nations: Why global governance is failing and what we can do about it' (Oxford University Press 2013). Discussants were Julia Amos (Merton College, University of Oxford) and Vinicius Rodrigues Vieira (DPIR, University of Oxford), and the event was chaired by Kalypso Nicolaïdis (St Antony’s College, University of Oxford).

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