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Commemoration ‘1966,1976: Revising 1916’ lecture by Margaret O’Callaghan
Margaret O’ Callaghan gave an invited lecture on Commemoration  ‘1966,1976: Revising 1916’  at the conference Remembering the Troubles; Commemorating, Constructing and Contesting the recent Past in Northern Ireland  The conference was hosted by the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Nortre Dame, Indiana

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Professor Beverley Milton-Edwards to deliver keynote speech at Fourth Annual Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC)

Professor Beverley Milton-Edwards to deliver keynote speech at Fourth Annual Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), which will be held on 11-13 December, 2011 in Doha, Qatar.

Professor Beverley Milton-Edwards has been invited by H.E. Khalid bin Mohammed Al Attiyah, State Minister of International Cooperation, Doha, Qatar and President Jorge Sampaio of Portugal to deliver a keynote speech on “Conflict Transformation: Dealing with the Past to Build a Better Future- the Role of Teaching History”

The Doha Forum is a major global event that will bring together political leaders, representatives of international and regional bodies, donor agencies, civil society groups and foundations to explore ways of promoting cross-cultural dialogue and understanding in order to foster development and peace around the world.

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Two QUB Politics students in the top twenty in Ireland

Queen’s Politics students Jonathan Mitchell and Dominic Henry were among twenty winners of the prestigious 2011 Undergraduate Awards, a competition involving thousands of entries from all universities across the island of Ireland. Jonathan graduated with a first class BA Joint Honours degree in Politics and Sociology in June 2011 and Dominic is a Level Three BA Joint Honours Modern History and Politics student.

Dominic Henry is pictured here with President Mary McAleese and the NI winners are pictured with NI Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry, at The Undergraduate Awards presentation, which was held on 28th October 2011 in Dublin Castle.

The list of all winners is available here.

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Professor Mike Smith

It is with great sadness that the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy announces the death of Professor Mike Smith who passed away on 1 October 2011.  Mike joined Queen’s in 1993 as founding Director of the Institute of European Studies. During his ten years at Queen’s he played an energetic and pivotal role in establishing the Institute as  a leading centre nationally for European Studies. Mike left the Institute in 2003 shortly before its merger with the School of Politics. On leaving Queen’s Mike became Dean of Law and Social Sciences and later Pro-Vice Chancellor at Glasgow Caledonian University.

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Two QUB Politics students in the top twenty in Ireland

Queen’s Politics students Jonathan Mitchell and Dominic Henry are among twenty winners of the prestigious 2011 Undergraduate Awards, a competition involving thousands of entries from all universities across the island of Ireland. Jonathan graduated with a first class BA Joint Honours degree in Politics and Sociology in June 2011 and Dominic is a Level Three BA Joint Honours Modern History and Politics student. The Undergraduate Awards will be presented by President Mary McAleese at Dublin Castle on 28th October 2011.

The list of all winners is available here.

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Royal Institute of Philosophy Schools Conference

On 21 September, Queen’s hosted a one-day “Philosophy for Schools” conference, supported by a generous grant from the Royal Institute of Philosophy.  This event attracted 130 sixth formers from all over Northern Ireland, and included talks by Drs William Crawley, Michael Lacewing, Dawn Philips and Jeremy Watkins.  More details can be found here.


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Professor Beverley Milton-Edwards appointed to Islamic Studies Advisory Board

Professor Beverley Milton-Edwards has been appointed to the Higher Education Academy’s Islamic Studies Advisory Board. The HEA ISAB has been working since September 2009 to build a national Islamic Studies Network. The Network brings together colleagues from across the UK working in Islamic Studies to provide opportunities to share and enhance practice.  

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The Arab Spring and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Professor Beverley Milton-Edwards was invited to provide expert input into the impact of the Arab Spring in the Middle East on British Government policy-making at an expert meeting hosted at the FCO on 12 September. She was joined by representatives from the FCO, DFID, MoD, the ESRC as well as private sector actors such as KPMG.

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Annual conference of the Association for Legal and Social Philosophy in 2012

The School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy will be hosting the annual conference of the Association for Legal and Social Philosophy in 2012

The theme of the conference (June 25-27) is ‘Freedom’ and the keynote speaker will be Professor Philip Pettit (Princeton)

Contact the conference organisers, Keith Breen and Cillian McBride, for further details.

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Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Bill

Professor Graham Walker provided criticisms of, and expert commentary on, the controversial ‘Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Bill’ at a meeting of the Justice Committee of the Scottish Parliament on 6 September.

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Dr Andrew Baker visits Copenhagen Business School

Andrew Baker is spending September as a visiting Professor at the Department of Business and Politics at the Copenhagen Business School, one of the world’s leading business schools.

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One day Philosophy Conference for sixth formers – 21 September 2011

Jeremy Watkins and Charlotte Blease of the Philosophy Cluster have been awarded a bursary by the Royal Institute of Philosophy to host an introductory, one-day conference for sixth formers from all over Northern Ireland. The conference will take place on 21st September. We are pleased to announce that Dr Michael Lacewing and Dr Stephen Law (both of Heythrop College, the specialist Philosophy and Theology College of the University of London), and authors of introductory books on philosophy, have agreed to speak at the event. It is hoped that some 150 students will attend. Further details can be found here.

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Irish Political Studies

Irish Political Studies, the house journal of the Political Studies Association of Ireland, was until recently co-edited in the School (by John Garry). Also, one of the School’s current PhD students, Neil Mathews, has just been appointed co-editor of the Data Issue of the journal. Irish Political Studies has just received its first impact factor in the Thompson-Reuters citation index. The journal scored 16th out of 139 journals in Political Science. A number of School academics serve on the wider Editorial Board of Irish Political Studies: Yvonne Galligan, John Garry, Cillian McBride and Rick Wilford.

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British Journal of Politics and International Relations

The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, one of the house journals of Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom, is currently edited in the school by a team consisting of Andrew Baker, Alistair Clark, Dan Bulley, Debbie Lisle, Stefan Andreasson, Mike Bourne, Lee McGowan, Susan McManus, Peter McLaughlin, Shane O'Neill, and Graham Walker. The Journal has just received its first impact factor in the international citation index Thompson-Reuters (formerly ISI). The journal scored an impact factor of 1.025 and is ranked 38/139 in Political Science and 19/73 in International Relations. This is an outstanding result for a first ranking and the team are delighted that their efforts over the last two years have been rewarded.  

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Dr Stefan Andreasson awarded Nuffield Foundation Social Science Small Grant

Dr Stefan Andreasson has been awarded a Nuffield Foundation Social Science Small Grant for a project entitled 'Representing Africa: South Africa's quest for emerging market status and its implications for African development'.

This project investigates South Africa's aspirations to become recognised as a major emerging market and a leading nation in Africa able to shape perceptions of the continent and its prospects for development. In an 'emerging markets century' where major powers of the developing world play an increasingly important role in global affairs – signifying a shift in the 'gravity' of the global system away from the West – this project produces a better understanding of how Africa will be shaped by ongoing changes and what new opportunities and challenges South Africa and the continent face in the new international order. Challenges to achieving sustainable and broad-based development as envisioned in the Millennium Development Goals and the New Economic Plan for Africa's Recovery remain great and complex. An examination of how South Africa can play a constructive role in Africa's and its own development brings much needed focus to this key question of global development.

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Professor Milton-Edwards Keynote Speaker at Danish Institute of International Studies

Prof. Beverley Milton-Edwards, Professor of Politics, is to give the keynote address at a One-Day seminar on Islamist Politics and Israel: Threats, Perceptions and Identity on Tuesday, 5 April at the Danish Institute for International Studies in Copenhagen. She will speak on Hamas, Hizbollah and the Challenge to Israel.

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PISP 6th Form Conference 4 and 5 May 2011

The School’s annual 6th form conferences for Government and Politics A Level students will be held on 4 and 5 May 2011. The conference aimed at A2 students will be held on Wednesday 4 May, on the theme ‘Political Power’, and the AS conference will be on Thursday 5 May, on the theme ‘The Government and Politics of Northern Ireland’. Both conferences will take place in the Lecture Theatre 0G/024, in the Peter Froggatt Centre.

Programmes and booking forms for both events

A2 programme and A2 booking form

AS programme and AS booking form

Places for each event are limited to 300, and will be allocated on a first-come basis, upon receipt of a completed booking form(s), which should be submitted to Emma Tully (

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Top Scholars Debate with Top Guns at Stormont, 10th March 2011

Postgraduate students from the School travelled to Stormont last week to participate in a debate organised by the prestigious George C. Marshall Center’s Program on Terrorism and Security Studies. The program, which engages practitioners in the field of international security, and military personnel from across the globe, was hosting a discussion entitled:  “Lessons learned from the Northern Ireland and Middle East Peace Processes”. Also invited to speak at the debate were School faculty members, Prof. Beverley Milton-Edwards and Dr. Peter McLoughlin. Prof. Milton-Edwards, an expert on the Middle East, said that: “This was a wonderful opportunity for students from our Master’s programmes to engage in discussion with individuals with practical experience in the fields of international security and peace-building.”

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A Conference to Celebrate International Women’s Day 11-12 March 2011

‘The Ideal Woman’: Interrogating Femininity across Disciplines and Time

Friday 11 - Saturday 12 March 2011

From 1:30pm Friday - 4pm Saturday at the Institute of Governance, University Road

Historically, there have been various constructions of what is to be an “ideal woman”.  Across disciplines, cultures, spheres and societies the “ideal woman” has become associated with modes of femininity and ‘proper’ behaviour. Political theories, ideologies, legal institutions and religious faiths have defined rights and duties; virtues and vices and condemned those who do not conform. World literature presents a full array of models and characters which personify both the ‘ideal’ woman and those women who subvert the archetype. Contemporary popular culture still disseminates ideas and presents women of different nationalities and age with models of ‘proper’ sexuality, behaviour, style, and appearance. This interdisciplinary postgraduate conference seeks to interrogate constructions of ideal femininity and how such models have been reiterated, reinvented, manipulated, and challenged.

Steering Committee: Maria Deiana, Laura Gallagher and Rachel Wilson

For any enquiries please email

Programme details are available here

A conference poster is available here

Thanks to sponsorship from the First Mondays, Student Led Initiative at Queen's and CAWP (Centre for the Advancement of Women in Politics)

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Leading US Journal Publishes Students’ Views of Teaching of Transferable Research Skills in PISP

Leading American journal PS: Political Science and Politics has published the results of a survey of students designed to assess the learning outcomes on one of the School’s core modules ‘Skills and Methods in the Study of Politics’. The module involves groups of students working together to undertake a research project of the type that they may be asked to conduct when employed in a graduate level position, then presenting results of their findings to their classmates and faculty. This not only helps students improve their ability to conduct research, it also aims to provide skills that students will find of use when searching for graduate positions. The findings include: 97% felt this gave useful experience of undertaking political research; 74% felt they had learned skills which would prove useful when searching for employment; and 84% felt that hands-on data analysis workshops run during the module provided useful data analysis skills.

The article is: Clark, A. (2011) ‘Embedding Transferable Skills and Enhancing Student Learning in a Political Science Research Methods Module: Evidence from the UK’, PS: Political Science and Politics, 44 (1),pp135-139.

The full article is available on the PS: Political Science and Politics website (published by Cambridge University Press and © American Political Science Association) at:

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From Belfast to Baghdad – An Alumnus Reflects

Neale Jagoe’s time at Queens University Belfast was well-spent when he studied for an MA in Comparative Ethnic Conflict in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy as part of his own career development in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Since Graduation in 2005 Neale has enjoyed postings in the Far East and more recently acting as First Secretary in the British Embassy in Baghdad Iraq.

On Tuesday 15th March 2001 Neale will share with us his experiences both in terms of his Career in the Diplomatic Service and the benefits of his degree from Queens. He will give us a unique insight into life in a country fractured by war and civil conflict since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein’s regime in 2003.

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Sara Clavero to give keynote address at Barcelona conference March 2011

Sara Clavero, senior research fellow at the Centre for Advancement of Women in Politics is to give the keynote address at the conference “La políticas de igualdad de género: un camino de progreso”   in Barcelona, on 28th of March . She will speak on gender justice and democracy in Europe: past achievements and future challenges.

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Death of Emeritus Professor John Faris

The School is very sad to receive the news of the peaceful death early on Saturday 26th February 2011 of John Acheson Faris, BLitt MA (Oxon), Professor of Logic and Metaphysics at Queen's University Belfast 1967-1978. The funeral will take place in Ardglass Presbyterian Church, Kildare Street, Ardglass, at 11 a.m. on Saturday 5th March.

Obituary by Emeritus Professor Jonathan Gorman

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Dr Alistair Clark to address McDougall Trust workshop on the use of the Single Transferable Vote in Scotland

Dr Alistair Clark has been invited to address the McDougall Trust, one of the UK’s foremost charities encouraging study in political science, elections and electoral systems, on the use of the Single Transferable Vote (STV) electoral system for Scottish local elections. Much of Dr. Clark’s recent research has examined issues relating to party campaigning, voting behavior and the implications for council coalitions in the 2007 local elections where STV was used for the first time in the post-war period in mainland Britain. The McDougall Trust’s STV workshop is on Wednesday 16th March at their offices in Chancel Street, London.

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Alastair Campbell ‘on the record’ at the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy

Alastair Campbell, one of the leading political communicators of his time, visited Queen’s on Monday 7 February for the official Northern Ireland launch of his new book. During his visit, he addressed students from the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy and provided an insight into the detailed workings of the Northern Ireland process.

The book – Power and the People – extensively outlines the first two years of the Tony Blair government and covers in intimate detail the key moments of the Northern Ireland peace process. These details describe the moment Tony Blair decided to make the peace process a priority, the first visit of the Sinn Fein leadership to Downing Street, the tortuous negotiations that led to the Good Friday Agreement, the referendum campaign which followed, and the many ups and downs thereafter.

Speaking about his visit to Queen’s, Alastair Campbell said: “I am delighted to be back in Northern Ireland and grateful to Queen’s for inviting me to speak at the University.

“Of all the events and issues I was involved in with Tony Blair, the Northern Ireland peace process was one of the most compelling. I have said before that the day the Good Friday Agreement came together was perhaps the best of the many hundreds of days I spent in TB’s company. He made the issue a priority very early on and like a lot of others just never gave up.

“I hope the diaries will provide students and future historians with a close-in account of what it was like to be at the centre of that process, not just the highs of the Good Friday Agreement but the many lows which followed, perhaps worst of all the Omagh Bombing, and also give people a sense of the key characters, many of them of course politicians from Northern Ireland itself, who shaped history.”

The event proved to informative, entertaining and enjoyable for all who attended.

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UCU Industrial Action 21st & 24st March.

Students will be aware of planned industrial action by UCU members on both 21 & 24 March and the possibility that this may affect classes, supervision or appointments with staff members. Students should check their Queen’s email account to see if they will be affected.

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PISP UCAS Open Day – 10 March 2011

The School Open Day for all UCAS applicants (and their parents/guardians) holding offers for our undergraduate degrees will be held on Thursday 10 March 2011, from circa 10.00 am until 3.00 pm, in the Whitla Hall.

Open Day itinerary is available here.

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Dr John Barry to give an Australian Senate Ocassional Lecture

Dr. John Barry, currently on sabbatical and a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, Australian National University, in Canberra has been invited to give a prestigious Australian Senate Ocassional Lecture in March.  He will present a lecture entitled 'After the party, the hangover?: An analysis of ‘post-Celtic Tiger Ireland’ in the light of the February 2011 election' on Friday 11 March 2011.  The abstract of the lecture notes that "The Republic of Ireland, heralded as an exemplar of how a small country can benefit from economic globalisation, enjoyed a worldwide status as ‘the Celtic Tiger’.  However, since 2008 the country has gone from boom to bust.  In November 2010 the Irish government had to go to the International Monetary Fund for an 85 billion euro bailout and Irish citizens are having to endure significant austerity measures to cut the public debt.  Using the Irish general election of February 25th as its starting point, this lecture will explore both the outcome of and background to this election, and offer a critical analysis of ‘Celtic Tiger’ Ireland and explore potential options for the country in its ‘post-Celtic Tiger’ phase".  

Dr. Barry has also written an Op Ed article for the Canberra Times on the topic.    

More details on the Senate Ocassional Lecture  can be found here -

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Dr Benjamin Jarvis awarded a British Academy/ACU International Collaboration Grant

Dr. Benjamin Jarvis was recently awarded a British Academy/ACU International Collaboration Grant for his project “Constitutive Norms of Knowledge in Speech and Thought.”  Between September 1, 2011 and August 31, 2012, Dr. Jarvis will make three week-long visits to the University of Waterloo in order to work with his collaborator, Dr. John Turri on knowledge norm accounts of assertion and belief.  These accounts—made prominent by Timothy Williamson—claim that the central and essential feature of assertion or belief is the fact that they are permissible if and only if the subject knows whereof he or she says or thinks.    

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Professor Yvonne Galligan speaks at the Women in Business ‘Voices Heard’ event

The opportunities and challenges for women in the workplace was the theme of the Women in Business annual event, “Voices Heard”. Persistence pays, said Professor Galligan. Other speakers addressed the support of family and friends, having a holistic vision for the business, and believing in oneself.  

The panel speakers and host at Stormont (on 20 January) for the annual Women in Business ‘Voices Heard’ event.  Left - right are: Professor Yvonne Galligan, Queen’s University Belfast; event facilitator, Pamela Ballantine;    Anna Lo, MLA, who hosted the event; Christine Boyle, Women in Business past chair and MD of Lawell Asphalt Company Ltd;  Lesley Hogg, Director of Strategic and Regulatory Affairs for AES in NI; and Tracy Hamilton, Director of Mash Direct Ltd.

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Loyalist-Republican Interfaces: The Road to the Peace Process? 4 March 2011

This Conference will be the first of its kind to explore Loyalist-Republican political relations and inter-paramilitary links. Special emphasis will be paid to how the personal experiences, lines of dialogue, and conciliatory spirit built up and reinforced in the prisons led to the genesis of the Peace Process. Essential is the way the political dynamic between Republicans and Loyalists has evolved and changed through the duration of the Troubles and the Peace Process (1969- present) and how this has impacted culturally as well as electorally. The panels will be divided into three: one cultural, one ex-paramilitary comprised of speakers with prison experience, and one academic. What makes this conference unique is the way it will bring together representatives of both political traditions. Where many Conferences deal with each ideology separately, this event will see equivalent Loyalist and Republican writers, ex-paramilitaries, and experts participating and speaking in tandem from the same platforms.

Programme details available here

Contact for more information Briege Rice

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Dr Joseph Diekemper awarded a one year Oxford-Templeton Fellowship

Dr. Joseph Diekemper has been awarded a one year Oxford-Templeton Fellowship to pursue research in the philosophy of religion at Oxford University in 2011-12. 

Details on the Oxford-Templeton Fellowship programme are available here

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Dr Peter McLoughlin awarded a visiting fellowship at Boston College

Dr Peter McLoughlin has been awarded a visiting fellowship at Boston College, Newton, MA, under the terms of the faculty exchange programme which Queen’s has with the College. The programme, funded by the Irish Studies International Research Initiative at Queen’s, will allow Dr McLoughlin to travel to Boston and use the College’s considerable library and archive resources in writing a paper on the Irish-American politician, Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill. Dr McLoughlin will also be presenting his research and participating in seminars at the College. Commenting on the award, Dr McLoughlin said: “I am very grateful to have this opportunity to visit Boston, and intend to use my time there to continue developing the already close and productive relations that exist between the College and Queen’s.”

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Postgraduate Open Day - 25 February 2011

The School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, in association with other Schools in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, invites you to join us for our Postgraduate Open Day on Friday 25 February 2011.  This Open Day is for all prospective students to the Masters (MA) and Research (PhD) programmes in the Humanities. The day provides an excellent opportunity for you to find out more about the course you are interested in, relevant funding opportunities and how to apply, as well as to see our postgraduate student facilities, and to meet staff and current postgraduate students.

If you wish to book a place on this open day please click here  to complete the booking form.

Location: Drama and Film Centre, Queen's University Belfast, 20 University Square, Belfast, BT7

Programme details are available here.

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School invites applications for China in Africa: an analysis of development, trade and security PhD project

Queen’s University Belfast invites applications from outstanding Chinese students from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Chongqing University to pursue PhD study at Queen’s University Belfast in collaboration with the China Scholarship Council (CSC). There are 20 fully funded three year research studentships, commencing October 2011. The studentships provide fees and living costs, further details here

The School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy invites applications for the following project:

China in Africa: an analysis of development, trade and security

This project will address China’s growing role and influence in Africa in the increasingly interdependent areas of development and security as documented in several notable studies. It will assess the main drivers and dynamics of evolving Chinese engagement with Africa amid growing involvement in peacekeeping in African conflicts, the provision of military assistance and weapons sales to African states, and increasing development assistance and investment, and the growing significance of Sino-African trade relationships.

Lead Supervisor: Dr Stefan Andreasson, email: or telephone +44 (0)28 9097 3051

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