Comment at POLIS
Dr Christine Harlen on the US Presidential Election 2012
08 November 2012
Following the success of Obama in the 2012 US Presidential Elections, Dr Christine Harlen, Lecturer in US Politics and International Political Economy discusses surprising developments in the elections, the impact Obama may have in his second term and how his re-election will affect the US and beyond.
Podcast: The US Presidential Election
[MP3: 9.6MB] [13 minutes]
Dr Alex Titov on the Russian Presidential election
06 March 2012
Following the Russian Presidential election on 5 March, Dr Alex Titov - Teaching Fellow in Russian Politics and Politics of Corruption talks about the results and their implications for the future of the Russian political system under the newly (re)elected President Putin.
Podcast: The Russian Presidential election
[MP3: 9.3MB] [10 minutes]
Dr Mette Wiggen on the recent terrorist attacks in Norway
26 July 2011
Following the recent terrorist attacks in Norway, Dr Mette Wiggen - Teaching Fellow in European Politics discusses the importance of recognising danger from the extreme right, and critiques the media and the immediate reaction from politicians and commentators on recent events.
Podcast: Terrorist attacks in Norway [MP3: 6.2 MB] [6.5 minutes]
Volha Piotukh on commemorating the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl
01 April 2011
This year the world will be commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident. POLIS PhD Candidate, Volha Piotukh talks about its consequences for the people of Belarus, and the need to appreciate the suffering and the needs of those most affected, drawing parallels with the current situation in Japan.
Podcast: Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident
[MP3: 3.2MB] [8.5 minutes]
Dr Ed Gouge on the Irish general election
25 March 2011
Dr Ed Gouge writes about the recent Irish General Election. The anger of the public about the country’s economic situation turned into what some commentators have called a ‘paper revolution’ as Fianna Fáil, the governing party for most of the time since 1932, lost half of its vote and all the opposition parties gained.
The Irish Election [PDF: 148KB]
Professor Ruth Pearson on Celebrating International Women's Day
08 March 2011
As we celebrate International Women’s Day this 8 March, Ruth Pearson, Professor of Development Studies discusses why after 100 years, this major day of global celebration is as significant as ever.
Podcast: Celebrating International Women's Day [MP3: 1.7MB] [5 minutes]
Professor Ray Bush on Egypt’s Popular Uprising
02 February 2011
How do we understand the recent political turmoil in Egypt and what might be the possible outcomes of mass demonstrations for political and economic reform? Ray Bush, Professor of African Studies and Development Politics discusses what lies behind the causes of Egypt’s crisis.
Podcast: Egypt's Popular Uprising [MP3: 14MB] [15 minutes]
Dr David Hall-Matthews on Britain's international development budget and overseas aid
02 November 2010
In this age of government austerity, Britain’s international development budget has been spared the cuts. Senior Lecturer in International Development, Dr David Hall-Matthews discusses why overseas aid is still thriving in these hard economic times.
Podcast: Britain's international development budget and overseas aid [MP3: 8.3MB] [9 minutes]
Dr Graeme Davies on the implications of the Strategic Defence Review
27 October 2010
As the armed forces begin to deal with the implications of the Strategic Defence Review, Dr Graeme Davies - Lecturer in International Security discusses the consequences of Defence cuts for Britain’s role in the world.
Podcast: The consequences of Defence cuts for Britain’s role in the world [MP3: 9.MB] [7.5 minutes]
Dr Jonathan Dean on feminist activism in the UK
20 October 2010
Feminism is often seen as a passing 1970s phenomenon. However, with the government’s budget cuts predicted to hit women hardest, Dr Jonathan Dean - Lecturer in Political Theory argues that feminist ideas continue to underpin a recent wave of activism in the UK.
Podcast: Feminist ideas and activism in the UK [MP3: 9MB] [10 minutes]
Dr Nick Robinson on the role of military video games in politics
14 October 2010
Video games continue to provoke controversy. With the release of the game Medal of Honor, which purports to depict the realities of the ongoing war in Afghanistan, Dr Nick Robinson, Lecturer in Politics and Videogames, offers his expert take on the role of military video games in contemporary politics and asks: what are the implications of allowing the gamer to fight the war on terror?
Podcast: The role of military video games in contemporary politics [MP3: 9.1MB] [10 minutes]
Dr Tim Heppell on choosing Labour party leaders
28 September 2010
As Ed Miliband is elected as Labour Leader, Dr Tim Heppell - Lecturer in British Politics, offers his expert commentary on choosing Labour party leaders, the difficulty in challenging leadership and the victory of Ed Miliband.
Podcast: Choosing Labour party leaders: accounting for Ed Miliband [MP3: 9MB] [10 minutes]